Jo Weldon, performer, advocate and Headmistress at the New York School of Burlesque, presents an illustrated talk on the history and enduring appeal of one of the world’s most popular fashion patterns based on her book, Fierce: The History of Leopard Print (HarperCollins).
“From its inception in textile, leopard print—long used as a symbol of a warrior's power or a ruler's wealth—became a sensation, adopted by daring trendsetters and members of the avant-garde, including film stars and celebrities such as Carole Lombard and Josephine Baker, who walked her pet Cheetah, Chiquita, on a diamond-encrusted leash. The desire for leopard print continues today as Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and other stars flaunt their feline-inspired spots on film and stage, the catwalk and the red carpet.”
Jo Weldon is the Vice-President of BurlyCon, as well as one of the Executive Directors of Education at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas and is a guest instructor at Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque in Seattle. More about Seattle’s annual Burlycon at Burlycon.org.