The vaudeville trapeze artist Charmion performed a "disrobing" act onstage as early as 1896, which was captured in the 1901 Edison film, Trapeze Disrobing Act.
Another milestone for modern American striptease was the possibly legendary show at Minsky's Burlesque in April 1925: The Night They Raided Minsky's.
Other possible influences on modern stripping were the dances of the Ghawazee "discovered" and seized upon by French colonists in 19th century North Africa and Egypt.
The erotic dance of the bee, performed by a woman known as Kuchuk Hanem, was witnessed and described by the French novelist Gustave Flaubert.
Paul Raymond started his touring shows in 1951 and later leased the Doric Ballroom in Soho; opening his private members club, the Raymond Revuebar in 1958.
This was the first of the private striptease members' clubs in Britain.
Another example of ways that the shows stayed within the law was the fan dance, in which a naked dancer's body was concealed by her fans and those of her attendants, until the end of her act in when she posed naked for a brief interval whilst standing still.
At that time, British law prohibited naked girls from moving.
The strip club as an outlet for salacious entertainment is a recurrent theme in popular culture.
In some media, these clubs are portrayed primarily as gathering places of vice and ill repute.
Strip clubs are venues where strippers provide adult entertainment, predominantly in the form of striptease or other erotic or exotic dances.
Strip clubs typically adopt a nightclub or bar style, and can also adopt a theatre or cabaret-style. Profitability of strip clubs, as with other service-oriented businesses, is largely driven by location and customer spending habits.