The first volume to inclusively document burlesque costume from its birth in the 1860’s through the global burlesque movement in 2018. This lushly illustrated book presents the history and development of this American art form by documenting the origins, influencers, and genuine articles that created its aesthetic. Showcases of legendary performers, including Lydia Thompson, Gypsy Rose Lee, Sally Rand, Bettie Page, Kitten Natividad, and Dita Von Teese, demonstrate costume styles through the years. A full page color photograph of the Polar Bare by David L. Byrd is included among these pages, with polar bear costume by Juanita Cardenas and trainer costume by Garo Sparo.

Author: Coleen Scott


Routledge (2019)

ISBN-13: 978-1138742253 / ISBN-10: 1138742252 (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-1138742260 / ISBN-10: 1138742260 (Paperback)

Hovey was profiled upon his 2017 retirement from New York University (NYU) in the Life's Work Dept. section of the New Yorker magazine. The article is notable as it documents the end of his chapter as master teacher and the beginning of his new career as a performer with the Polar Bare act.

"N.Y.U.’s legendary circus instructor, who taught Debra Messing and Mahershala Ali to juggle, retires after a hundred semesters."

Author: Nick Paumgarten


December 25, 2017 (online)

January 1, 2018 (print edition)


"A sophisticated volume encompassing many facts of history, theory, exceptional or record-breaking feats, and personal know-how gleaned from years of teaching and performing."


– Frank Dean, International Jugglers Association


Author: Hovey Burgess


Note: the first two chapters of the Kindle edition (2010) are available free online.

Drama Book Specialists (1976)

ISBN-10: 0910482713 / ISBN-13: 978-0910482714 (Hardcover)

ISBN 10: 0910482721 ISBN 13: 9780910482721 (Paperback)


Thomas Y. Crowell Company (1977)

ISBN 10: 0690014635 /  ISBN 13: 9780690014631 (Hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0690014643 / ISBN-13: 978-0690014648 (Paperback)

Brian Dubé, Inc. (1983/1990)

ISBN-10: 0917643062 / ISBN-13: 978-0917643064 (Paperback)