A light person, and not heavily clothed.—John Mactaggart's Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia, 1824
From the idea of stripping a fly of its covering.—John Jamieson's Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808
History of the Striptease
On this date in 1893, the earliest documented striptease was performed at the Bal des Quatre Arts, held at Paris's notorious Moulin Rouge. This groundbreaking bump-and-grind was enacted by a woman remembered only as Mona, who normally earned at least a portion of her living by posing nude for painters and sculptors. About a year later, the first professional X-rated show, known as "Le Coucher d'Yvette," began at the nearby Fayonau Music Hall. In that fleeting display of flesh — comparatively tame by today's standards — Yvette attracted voyeuristic audiences by portraying a woman who disrobed before going to bed. Soon afterward, local imitators developed similar routines designed to titillate patrons of burlesque entertainment based on other domestic activities, such as bathing.