30 Aug Supporting the Sisterhood – Kiwi Women in Business: Flo Foxworthy
As a full-time burlesque performer, there are a huge number of facets to my job. I simply can’t do everything myself, so I regularly outsource some tasks/aspects to experts.
Sometimes we collaborate to create art together, sometimes I commission custom designs, and sometimes I just have a project I need help with. Wherever possible, I like to support local small businesses, and especially my fellow self-employed women. I’ve decided to write a series of blogs introducing some of the amazing Kiwi women that I work with, who help me keep my brand running. Over the next 10 weeks, I will be profiling each of them individually. I look forward to sharing them with you, darlings. I know burlesque is built on a very DIY attitude, but remember, when you support your friends, it means they can afford to live their dream jobs, too!
Flo Foxworthy, costumier
Flo Foxworthy Showgirl Boutique
Flo Foxworthy’s reputation precedes her, and this year, she was voted top costumier in the Burlesque TOP 50 awards. I’m incredibly fortunate that this powerhouse of creativity lives and works in our capital city, Wellington. She makes the tiniest little g-strings a showgirl could dream of, as well as truly spectacular costumes. Flo’s designs have covered (and not-so-covered) some of the biggest names in modern burlesque, from Dita Von Teese, Catherine D’Lish, Perle Noire and Roxi D’Lite, to top Kiwi and Australian performers such as Leda Petit, Imogen Kelly and Venus Starr.
Flo used to perform herself, as one of the Sisters of Strangelove, alongside New Zealand’s exported Weapon of Mass Distraction, Eva Strangelove, and Courtney L’amour. As a former performer, Flo really understands exactly what we need as fancy strippers.
I commissioned her to make my robe for Yayo, after seeing robes she had made for other performers. It’s since become one of my favourite costume pieces, and doubles as a super glamorous dressing gown for backstage and swishing around hotel rooms.
Flo is not only a go-to showgirl costumier: she also makes beautiful stage bikinis for elite bodybuilding athletes, and works for Weta Workshop making stunning costumes for films, including The Hobbit, Krampus, and most recently for Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell. Flo’s booked out months in advance for work, and if you follow her on social media, she always seems to be working on something new.
Currently, she and I are in the midst of creating a sparkling fancy outfit for my new classic routine “Chastity”, which is on track for completion in October. I recently flew down to Wellington for a fitting, because there are so many complicated elements to it. Stay tuned to find out more about this new act.
Flo is committed to delivering beautiful work, and she pays immense attention to detail to ensure that her designs are standouts, whether you see them onstage or close-up. Flo works closely with each client, ensuring that everything is to their satisfaction. From sending out fabric swatches and rhinestone samples, down to making alterations and adjustments until the final product is approved, Flo isn’t happy until you’re happy.
Next week: a fellow performer who was one of the first producers in New Zealand to book me in a show, and who has recently started her own burlesque academy.