Collaboration with the Drag Queen: Burlesque Elephant!

Hello Lovelies,
Happy Friday! I got a chance to collaborate with the lovely Burlesque Elephant aka Aimee Coffland. She is a lady drag queen from Cali. She loves retro fashion like I do and drag. Two of my favorite things. 😉 She hails from Sacramento, CA but her family hails from the Midwest as I do! Anyway, during her free time, she gets to release her creative energy as a drag queen. You can find her on Instagram.  Below is her fashion shoot as Aimee and as her alter ego Burlesque Elephant.  Without further ado, here’s our collaboration. 
Fashion warm up!
Me: Which decade is your favorite for fashion inspiration?
Burlesque Elephant:  My favorite decade is the ’60s because they had the best peace, love, and Rock n’ Roll!  But for fashion, I think it is the 1920s because there was a lot of regal gem encrusted couture and dark black dramatic eye makeup.  Especially in France.
Me: Where did the name Burlesque Elephant come from?
Burlesque Elephant:  I’ve always been obsessed with burlesque because their fashion seems so delicate, thin, and glamorous.  Plus, I love elephants.  I mean who’s ever seen a burlesque elephant? Also, I’m representing the not so thin woman (which is awesome), by displaying myself as if I was a wispy woman! My drag name is a body beautiful name.  🙂
Burlesque Elephant

via Instagram

 I noticed when I read Burlesque Elephant’s description of her outfits she screamed fashion dreamer!  I love this about her. 🙂

“I am going to start with one of my favorite pieces, it’s called the Wicked Black Burlesque Pony.  I made this piece from a red witch hat I found at a Halloween store.  The exterior is made mostly from a pair of old leather gloves that I repurposed. It took a lot of hot glue, spare jewelry, and a wild and loving imagination to put this hat together.  This piece is near and dear to my heart because it is what I imagine a spooky old Hollywood witch would wear if she were to perform in a Halloween burlesque show (very cool). It’s sexy and magical.  This hat would make anyone feel romantic and dominating.”

“My show pony is my Ziegfeld follies hat, it’s my pride and joy.” For those who don’t know, Ziegfeld Follies was an elaborate series of Broadway productions in the 1900s.  Aimee continues, I purchased the faux fur hat in an antique shop in Old Auburn. The moment I saw it I knew I could make something amazing out of it. I had pink champagne pearls, light pink cellophane fabric, a gem-encrusted feather broach, and some big pink sequins, that I just needed to use to awaken my couture. It was a lot of fun making it because everything I did to this hat inspired me to be more regal and fantasy inspired.   When I wear my hat I feel like a Russian ice princess wandering through a frozen pink castle in the winter night. I have worn this hat to a finale party for Ru Paul’s Drag Race for a show pony look that was inspired by Fruit Stripe gum and My Little Pony.  Fantasy and fun are alive and well within my fashion!”

Aimee continues, talking about her favorite animal, elephants!“I have been in love and adoration with elephants all my life. I made my Elephant Empress headdress in tribute to the danger that they are subjected to every day.  They have to be strong and brave to survive the conditions poachers and big industries/corporations subject them to.  I believe that elephants still rule their land despite the extinction they face every day.  When I wear my headdress, I am overcome with honor and pride.  Sometimes elephants need horns or tusks to fight for themselves, so I’ve included a pair of purple ones that illuminate this look.   This look is an Asian elephant inspired piece that gives me pride when I wear it.”

Burlesque Elephant’s handmade drag couture.

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Ready to take on the night!

Lovely hat handmade by Burlesque Elephant.



The eyes say it all!


Aimee’s #Retromodern 1920s Inspired Look

“My 20s inspired red dress and earrings are one of my favorite vintage-inspired looks. I got this red dress from the SPCA thrift store years ago in Roseville. When I saw it I couldn’t believe anyone would want to let this dress go because it was such a perfect dress for its era.  I had a flashback to the Roaring Twenties and felt that I could transform myself into a starlet by dawning this dress.  It is vintage and makes me feel beautiful. I paired it with glitzy red ruby earrings that sparkle and shine like red hearts of the ocean.  I also pinned up my hair to make the whole look complete and cute.” I absolutely love this outfit and the ’20s is such an inspiring decade for fashion!

11251046_861982030555348_7136854995214623027_nAimee’s vintage find: A 1920s lovely red polka dotted dress

Who doesn’t like a Paris inspired look? This outfit was worn to see a Peaches Christ production of The Witches of Eastbay.”

I hope you enjoyed this collaboration as much as I did, it was a lot of fun working with Aimee. I loved that she was so willing to share her creative outlet.  I  also love, love working with unique and creative women like Aimee who have something to say!  

All my best,

~Ruth 🙂

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