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Hell Bunny and Betsy Rose

One of Hell Bunny’s favourite models is the talented and renowned burlesque dancer, Betsy Rose. Any Hell Bunny fan will recognise her from the many shoots she has worked on with us, and from her stylishly classy routines at Gin House Burlesque in London.
We wanted to get to know Betsy a little more, take a peek inside her chic wardrobe and see what we could bring to her future – and yours!

When did you first start wearing Hell Bunny?
The very first Hell Bunny piece I ever owned was a good 10 or so years ago: a black faux mohair cardigan with two small swallows on the front. I adored it and wore it with a tight black pencil skirt and red headscarf. I still have it to this day as I’ve never been able to get rid of it… despite it being bald by the amount of wear I got out of it!

What have been your favourite pieces?
Oh gosh, that is an impossible question to answer. Every collection I declare a brand new favourite, until the next collection and I have another “all time new favourite”! Recently I have loved the Bamboo and Paradise range from SS16, the beautiful top in particular. It echoed such a pretty vintage design and it was just as perfect to pack for my holidays as it was for a summer picnic in London.

What are some of your current fashion obsessions? (HB or otherwise)
I am a vintage lover through and through! I am obsessed with anything from the 1920s through to the 1950s. I have been collecting authentic vintage gowns since I was in my teens and my obsession has shown no sign of weakening. I recently found a post war C11 label dress in mint condition, complete with built in jacket and fringed skirt. It is quite a show stopper!

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What items do you prefer to wear? Dresses? Skirts and blouse? Cardigans?
I am definitely a dress kinda gal! I love teaming a vintage dress with a beret and matching heels yet I also love a more casual look of swing trousers and a blouse to walk my little dog Freida in.

Do you have a celebrity style crush?
My style crushes would all mostly be from eras gone by. One of my favourites has to be Marlene Dietrich – strong, feminine and chic! She wasn’t afraid to push boundaries for what was conceived to be beautiful.

What is your favourite music to:
Relax to? Billie Holiday or Bessie Smith
Dance to? 70s Disco. Donna Summer never fails to keep me dancing.
Romance the night away to? Serge Gainsbourg

Do you have a favourite lipstick colour?
Red Burlesque Lipstick by Red Cosmetica. A lipstick named “Betsy Rose” which I hand picked in my favourite tone and texture – Deep Burgundy in a 1940s matte.

If Hell Bunny were to design especially for you, what would be on your wish list?
I just love feminine 40s shapes, so it would have to be a dress made with crepe style fabric with a matching beret. No outfit ever feels complete without a hat for me!

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Lisa Harrison

Lisa Harrison

Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!