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January 1st, 2013

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November 22nd, 2012

New Delhi: Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, on her maiden trip to India, says she has fallen in love with the saree and is learning to drape the six-yard wonder. “I went shopping for sarees and I am very excited about trying them. I am learning to drape them and have been watching how it is done. I think I kind of understand how it is done,” Von Teese told PTI.

The glamorous beauty, who looks like an incarnation of a Hollywood star of the 1930s and 40s with her scarlet lips and perfectly coiffed raven hair, hopes to reference Indian fashion in her performances also in future.

“I have not referenced India in my performances but I would like to. But it is difficult when people don’t understand it in the right way,” she said. Burlesque is an elaborate and glamorous performance involving stripping. Von Teese, a trained costume designer who often designs her photoshoots herself, finds the traditional Indian saree sensual as well.

“I feel it is very relative (to burlesque) because the way it comes off is very exciting, very sensual,” she said. The glamorous star took out some time from her whirlwind trip to the country to visit the Taj Mahal, try the local food and shop.

“I had lot of Indian food. I don’t get to eat it often but I love it. I did not see much because I had just one day outside the hotel but I went to see Taj Mahal and that met my expectations, which were very high.”

The 40-year-old beauty, in India as the global brand ambassador for Cointreau, wore a black Shivan and Narresh lace saree at the ‘Be Cointreauversial’ party last night here. She regrets not performing in India.

“I have been associated with the brand for five years now. I think they probably got the idea of approaching me because I am known for bathing in giant cocktail glasses,” she said, referring to one of her popular routines.

Von Teese, real name Heather Renee Sweet, opened up more when her favourite subject of burlesque came up. Recalling how the scene has changed since her arrival, Von Teese said, “I started performing 20 years ago. There was not much of burlesque scene at that time, just few girls doing it in different countries. It is much bigger now.”

The popularity has brought commercial aspect to the performances but Von Teese says she tries her best to inform people about its correct history. “There are moments when it is very commercialised and people sort of capitalise on it. They try to rewrite the history of burlesque. I am making it my mission to make sure that people know what real burlesque was. I wrote a book that touched the history a little bit but there are many books on it now. I try to steer people towards the one which are right,” she said.

Von Teese is confident that she will leave behind a rich legacy of burlesque. “I hope there is a legacy. There is a much bigger scene now. People are talking burlesque all the time. But I think a lot of people need to think outside of just what I do. They should bring something that is different instead of replicating.”

Talking about her love of retro fashion, Von Teese says was always fascinated by the fashion of old Hollywood. “It is something that I have always loved. I think I was five-year-old when I started watching old movies and that’s where my fascination started.”


September 28th, 2012

We wish our best happy birthday to beautiful and wonderful Dita Von Teese who turns 38 today.
Not a single year on her can ever touch the beauty of this amazing woman. Happy birthday Dita!

March 4th, 2012

Hi! This site has a new owner. My name is Natalie and i’ll be updating the site from now on. Expect lots of updates soon! :)

December 12th, 2011

The burlesque bombshell was destined to become a beauty and fashion icon since playing dress-ups as a child.

On her inspiration…

My penchant for loud clothes and red lipstick doesn’t come from my mother. We’re very similar, but she’s much more into the natural look than me.

She loves antiques, old houses and old movies, so I grew up surrounded by those things. I remember going to an antique fair when I was very young and my mother bought me a little hat with a veil to play dress-ups.

I think that may have set me on the path to dressing as I do. As a child, my favourite moviestar was Betty Grable. I adored all those Technicolor musicals she was in during World War II.

I was fascinated by the fact she was a sex symbol but also the girl next door. I liked the idea of a sex symbol who wasn’t intimidating to other women.

I admire women who are different, daring and kind of eccentric, such as [late style guru] Isabella Blow. I only met her a few times, but I loved that she was extravagant and that her look wasn’t seeking the approval of others.

[Lingerie designer] Chantal Thomass and [Italian fashion writer] Anna Piaggi also have a really strong personal style.

On making a statement…

I started wearing red lipstick when I was 12.

At first, I wore it in secret, because there’s a stigma about wearing lipstick when you’re a young girl.

But I felt I had found my calling. I thought to myself, I’m going to wear it every day – and I’ve never stopped.

Wearing it came out of growing up without a lot of money. It was like, well, I can’t afford those designer jeans, but I can afford to buy a red lipstick.

It was the same with developing my own style. When I was a child, my parents couldn’t afford to buy me nice clothes; I never had cool new jeans or shoes.

But when I was a teenager, I realised I could afford to go to a flea market or vintage store, so I started to mix vintage things with modern pieces. I’d buy a ’60s dress and alter it myself using my sewing machine.

On her lingerie drawer…

I was a late bloomer. In seventh grade, I had a friend who was an EE [cup size] and I was so envious because I was dying to get a bra.

When I was about 14 and the time finally came, my mother bought me a boring white training bra and I was devastated.

I’d been sneaking into her lingerie drawer for some time and was hanging out for something much more beautiful.

So when I first started working, I saved up all my money to buy a bra of my own choice. I still have the lingerie I first bought as a teenager. I’m sentimental about it.

I love the history of lingerie and the way it evokes femininity, sensuality and mystery. I’ve never equated it with sex or what men want – it’s a great thing women have for themselves. I wear nice underwear because it makes me feel good.

On glamour…

Like most women, I have plenty of insecurities about the way I look. But I’m not going to point out my flaws, because then they’ll be more noticeable.

The world would be a better place if women kept their insecurities to themselves. I say, accept them, live with them. And if you don’t want to accept them, change them – that’s fine, too.

Anyone can be sexy and beautiful, regardless of their shape – that’s one reason I love the idea of glamour. It isn’t something that belongs to someone of a certain age or size.

It’s about creating a mystery that makes people want to know more about you. There’s a difference between sexy and trashy, but you can’t define it.

People have asked me how far I’d go [in a strip tease] before it becomes vulgar, but you can’t judge it that way. I’ve done shows completely naked that are more elegant than the shows by a girl who hardly takes anything off.

On grooming…

I never step outside without wearing lipstick and mascara, and pulling my hair into a chignon. To me, that’s as normal as brushing my teeth and washing my face.

It’s the least you can do to honour yourself, and it’s a courtesy to other people. You don’t want to run into your ex-boyfriend at the store on the day you didn’t feel like getting ready.

I haven’t worn jeans since Halloween last year. They’re like fancy dress for me. When everybody dresses up in outrageous costumes for Halloween parties,

I go as a normal person. I’m not interested in people who are chasing trends and just want to copy other people’s looks. It happens to me a lot.

People come into my life and are like, “I need to dye my hair black, I need to wear red lipstick, I need to have a beauty mark.” But then they move on to the next thing. It’s not authentic.

On being the Queen of Burlesque…

I’ve always been comfortable with nudity and my body. I was a ballet dancer, so I’m used to being in front of mirrors and seeing my body in very few clothes. But I’m not an exhibitionist.

What I do onstage and offstage are completely different. I’m sure there are people who think I shouldn’t be known as the ‘Queen of Burlesque’, but they’re probably just jealous.

I’ve been doing burlesque for 20 years and have worked diligently at it. I never want to give it up. I love working on different projects, such as my new lingerie line, but I don’t want to lose sight of what led me here in the first place.

Touring is a big priority for me. I don’t want to wake up one day and realise I can’t do my show any more because I’m not in shape.

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese will be available in Target stores early February 2012.


October 19th, 2011

September 28th, 2011

My look and my style is a combination of inspiration from many things,
and from decades of my own personal evolution.

— Dita

April 24th, 2011

STRIPTEASE siren Dita Von Teese is a hot tip to grace Flemington with her old-Hollywood sex appeal at this year’s Melbourne Cup carnival.

The burlesque queen is a firm chance to visit during the races to coincide with the Aussie launch of a limited edition collection of lingerie and dresses co-designed and created with a Melbourne company, lime door brands.

The famed Birdcage’s Emirates marquee is hot on the trot to secure the performer as one of their star guests during the carnival.

“Emirates would love to have her on board as we are sure she would enjoy this year’s theme and our hospitality,” Emirates event manager Judy Romano said yesterday.

The small Richmond firm, which is behind Shane Warne’s Spinners range of jocks, has scored a global coup, partnering with the style icon on a line of retro-inspired lingerie and frocks from sizes 8 to 22, which will be sold worldwide, writes fashion reporter Emily Power.

Chief executive of lime door brands Michele Hamdorf has said she is confident Von Teese, formerly known as Heather Sweet, will make the trip Down Under for our stylish racing carnival.


January 25th, 2011

Another amazing layout for I heart Dita Von Teese gallery.
Thanks to my friend Claudia! Always better honey! ;)

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