I had heard that the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend was the mecca of rockabilly culture in the world. This wasn’t much of an exaggeration, as I found out. There was a massive car show, live music on several stages almost around the clock, a vibrant marketplace, pin-up contests, swing and jive dancing, a fashion show, and of course, burlesque. The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada became the center of the rockabilly universe for a long, 4-day weekend in April with attendees coming from all over the world.
Official VLV Poster, art by Vince Ray
I arrived Thursday morning after an insanely early flight from Texas and dearly wished I could go back to sleep! More pressing, however, was that afternoon’s rehearsal and fitting for the Secrets in Lace fashion show. I hadn’t seen what I’d be wearing yet, but I’m a huge fan of the high-quality, retro-chic brand, so I was very excited. Off to the showroom I went, back to the dressing rooms where other gorgeous burly-Q girls were already trying on their glamorous underpinnings. LouLou D’Vil ofFinland looked fierce in violet and leopard print from the Bettie Page collection, and Medianoche of Spain was divine in pink. The ever-charming Dan Whitsett, CEO and mastermind behind Secrets in Lace presented me with the ensemble I was to wear, and I fell in love instantly. It was the dreamiest, most delicious shade of mint green, and included silky undies, garter belt, a delicate brassiere and robe. The shoes and stockings would be fit separately. “! thought this would go nicely with your hair,” Dan said. How wonderful of him to consider a redhead’s particular color scheme! But then, he is in the business of making ladies look even more luscious. Several pairs of stockings were tried until I found just the right fit. The all-nylon fabric of these coveted silkies has no give, so a perfect fit is essential.
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