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Heresy n Heelz : Kalandra Jane millinery

Alternative & burlesque fair : Heresy N Heelz Manchester weekend, 10th September 2011.

Manchester has been crying out for an alternative fair for quite some time, a city that's home to regular vintage fairs, but when it comes to something a little darker you often need to venture to the cities Northern Quarter.

A glitter tingled, pvc adorned savour has come to the northern city in the form of Heresy n Heelz's Alternative & burlesque fair. The first of it's kind to hit the city and by no means the last.

Part of Heresy n Heelz Manchester weekend, the Alternative & burlesque fair saw a more adult fair take over one of the cities newest alternative venues, Sound Control. It certainly promised to be a fair to remember with not just a decadent variety of stalls to browse and abuse those purse strings, but plenty of burlesque performances to tempt throughout the day.

Certainly a fair with a difference, as customers entered the venue they were greeted with a complementary goodie bag (courtesy of Iron fist) with plenty of treats to start off the day. With two floors to browse and plenty to suit all tastes. Walking in you could sit down for a vintage make over by Heebie Geebies, providing Manchester's pin up vixens with perfect victory rolls & curls, and the perfect accessories to finish off that new do!

Nestled amongst customers could grab a cheeky cupcake to take to the venue's fully stocked bar, or take in a bit of accidental shoe shopping at well loved alt retailers, Alternative footwear's stall, bursting to the brim with plenty of killer heels & boots.

Venturing downstairs to the second floor where the action really kicks off during the day, centred around the venues stage (where burlesque beauties could be found performing on the hour throughout) was a wonderful abundance of stalls from across the region.

Heresy n Heelz : Arcanum accessories

Providing plenty to suit whatever your taste, be it a spot of fetish wear by Fetish at the palace, some perfect latex outfits by Violaceous latex, sultry burlesque accessories by Tassels and trinkets, classic inspired millinery by Kalandra Jane designs, rockabilly accessories by Dolly Cool, or some perfect steel boned corsetry by Kitty O'Hara.

Customers really were spoilt for choice with such a wide array of styles and products to hand. Helping to keep those keep shoppers entertained was an hourly round of burlesque performances. Ginger La Rouge teased the audience with her Bitter Queen routine, popping balloons & stripping down to her slinky crinoline, whilst Fleur du Mal transfixed the crowd her mesmerizing fan dance.

Heresy n Heelz : Burlesque salon

The variation of burlesque throughout the day certainly kept customers on their toes, providing that delicate touch of tease that fitted in perfectly with the atmosphere at the fair. Certainly a welcome addition to Manchester's alternative calendar.

The next Alternative & burlesque fair is on December 10th, to find out more visit

Photos : Kate Appleby.