Soho has always been a place for pleasure – and it was in the 1960s that the streets became a playground for the art of striptease.
The 1930s saw the start of nude shows – at the Windmill Theatre, thanks to Laura Henderson – but the law prevented the girls from moving. To get around this, the girls stood on moving stages or used fans to conceal herself until she was ready to show everything (and at which point she’d stay still!).
By the 1950s, striptease shows had increased in popularity – and Soho legend Paul Raymond got into the act by opening the Raymond Revuebar in 1958. s were used to attract audiences to the dying music halls. Arthur Fox started his touring shows in 1958. A few years later the law had changed – nude girls were given the freedom to move! – and this saw an explosion in strip clubs with full-on dancing. The video below captures the era perfectly.
1960s Walk Through Striptease Soho
From the Kinolibrary archive film collections, posted on YouTube.