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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

What I Wore to Work: An Illustrated Memoir of Dressing to Undress

Jo Weldon

March 14, 2024
407 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Maybe you wouldn’t expect silicone breast implants on a literal silver platter in a cabaret act, but maybe you should, especially now that the downtown performance legend Jo Weldon is presenting What I Wore to Work: An Illustrated Memoir of Dressing to Undress. In the new show, Weldon—who is is the Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook—unpacks the prevalence of sex work’s influence in fashion and culture combined with her historical research as a scholar-in-residence at the New York Public Library Center for Research in the Humanities, her personal experiences in the sex work industry, and her fabulous sense of humor. Get ready for cameos from everyone from Theodora of Byzantium to Malibu Barbie, along with tastefully tawdry tales from Weldon herself. You’ll laugh, learn, and leave with an appreciation for sex work’s influence across culture. At once joyful, thoughtful, and insightful, What I Wore to Work is not to be missed. —Elyssa Goodman

Photo courtesy of the Laurie Beechman Theater