Nicole Klein began her career as a trained hair-stylist and make-up artist, for theatre, TV and independent film back in her home country Germany, where she also had the occasional appearance in front of the camera as an actress and singer.
After moving permanently to the UK in 2004, she spend a couple of years working with her partner John Coppinger on TV and movie props, before The Hourglass® came to life and took its first wobbly steps in October 2006 with the idea to make 'ordinary' women feel sexy and good about themselves.
Since then hundreds (really!) of women, models and performers have stepped through Nicole's door at her home studio in Milton Keynes and The Hourglass® has moved from being the first in retro and burlesque make-overs and photo shoots, to being one of the leading names for retro pin up by a female photographer in the UK.
I have an ongoing love affair with all things vintage and retro, from clothes to cars
Nicole's photos have been published in international pin-up magazines like 'Bachelor Pad', 'Delicious Dolls' or 'Temptress' as well as in lifestyle magazines like 'Scarlet' or 'Milkcow' and pictures have been used in advertising for companies like 'Erotica', 'Creativity Backgrounds' and numerous lingerie companies like 'Joanna's Wardrobe', 'Fairy Goth Mother', 'Hepburn and Leigh' and 'What Katie did’
In 2012 Nicole teamed up with Kristelle O'Chocolat, Willie Winkleman and her partner John to become publisher and editor of Tease and Cake, Vintage Inspired Pin up Magazine.
Nicole has now worked behind and in front of the camera for over twenty years!