Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Dita von Teese


I guess everyone interested in burlesque or recreating vintage styles will know 
who Dita von Teese is.
She appears on many fashion shows, promotes Cointreau and Perrier. Does glamour modeling as fetish model. She has a list of porn movies on her account. Doesn't hide plastic surgery approval. And I assume she knows where she's heading.

What she says about her job:
'I always get billed as ‘Dita, internationally known fetish supermodel
I’m really a small town girl from Michigan who has a good laugh that being a fancy-pants stripper got me here!'
About people who condemn her:
'Some people say what I do isn’t very liberating. I say it’s pretty liberating to get $20,000 for 10 minutes work.'

There are many burlesque dancers who may be even more beautiful or their shows are really inventive but somehow they don't promote such a glamour and elegance everyday, all day.
       She couldn't manage to finish her education. Around the age of 20 (...I think...) she had her fling and got into drugs. In the end she lost a lot of weight but with time her body recovered except her breasts. She explained that could never get back to previous shape so she decided to do breasts surgery. Which, by the way, went quite nice giving natural form.
She had worked in pizzeria and in lingerie shop before she got into striptease. She started to strip in the most ordinary down - to - earth pubs, bars, from the beginning making it her way.
And it was traditional burlesque act. 
After was Playboy session and relationship with Manson, or maybe the other way around?
And here she is.
Happily married and successful. 
    But still I admire her for consequence and class. For being so glamorous all the time and for being faithful to her style.
'But in order to have memorable personal style, 
one must not be afraid to take risks.'
Definitively it was a good step for her to loose blonde. However she used to experiment with red and in the end stuck in black.
She used to experiment a lot with her look in young days as we can see...

Finally she stopped on the look which is her signature.

'Grace and elegance,
two things that have been proven time and time again to be attractive.'

My favorite interview with her was made by

During another interview in Italy she's answering a question what does she wear at home.
She wears vintage pyjamas and slips which cost her a fortune. 

I like the most to check her photos during doing shopping or just daily activities because there's not even one where you can find her crumpled or sloppy. 

Her first marriage took place in Helnwein's castle in Ireland.

Gottfried Helnwein is best man and Hamish Bowles reports exclusively about this event in VOGUE, March 2006.
March, 2006
Text by Hamish Bowles
Portraits by Steven Klein

Los Angeles
..Their house's dining area, high-ceilinged and nave-shaped, seems well suited for tonight's ceremonial purpose. The couple will wed beneath a brace of stuffed peacocks and a giant 1930s-style portrait of Marlene Dietrich by Gottfried Helnwein, the German artist who will host the Irish wedding ceremony at his Gothic castle in Tipperary.
Stately Manners
Dita Von Teese, wearing Dior's peacock jersey dress and a thirties tremblant brooch, dances with Manson to Max Raabe and his orchestra in the Great Hall of Gottfried Helnwein's Irish castle.
In the double-height Great Hall, a baronial table covered with Swarovski ruby-colored crystals bear some of the 4,000 black and crimson roses that florist Hayley Newstead has arranged in great volcanic eruptions. Black and gold skull-shaped candles gutter, and a roaring log fire crackles in the hearth. In the dining room, the newly-weds will sit together between two long banqueting tables, lit by the candlelight from towering candelabras spilling with the garnet fronds of love-lies-bleeding, roses and clusters of dark-burgundy grapes...
The tablecloths and napkins have been custom woven in crisp black Irish linen; the napkins are monogrammed black on black with the couple's elaborate Victorian initials. This motif also decorates the Wedgwood side plates and is woven into the black lace curtains that hang at the high windows of the principal reception rooms and invest them with a disquieting, Edgar Allan Poe air of mystery...

Her second husband is a son of Jean - Charles de Castelbajac, fashion designer born in Marocco, creating in France, French nobleman. 
Louise is around 11 years younger than Dita and maybe this is a secret to a happy marriage.

You can fallow her short messages on Twitter or check some photos made by her on Twitpic.
Which is funny because she's no really a great photographer.
...and find posts like her shoes, pets and other...

It is worth it to go through her Perrier advertisement. Perrier

She is promoting Cointreau, even on Twitpic. Cointreau

Her wonderbra project ,as it would be a surprise, is of course very stylish.Wonderbra

She appeared in short movie 'The death of Salvador Dali' which won Jury's Special Award for Excellence in Cinematography at the Aarhus Film Festival, in Denmark in 2006.
Dita Von Teese won the award for Best Female Performance for her depiction of Dali's wife Gala, at The Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2006.

I found the movie on Yahoo Videos Here

I really recommend to buy her book, if you enjoy to read about
glamorous aspects of 40's, 50's.

And that's it for now what I wanted to put together about Dita.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

How will I spoil myself in 2011...

The year is coming to an end. I gained so many things and developed myself in satisfactory way. It's time now to set new goals. I'll keep my inner mental side for myself... shopping list for next year!!!

1. cotton petticoat

Ok, this one, actually,I want to get before Christmas but there's always a chance I'm not going to make it so it's here.
Perfect, beautiful and really well done item for winter.
I've never had cotton petticoat. Only tulle ones which are fine in summer. In winter usually I used to use an extra tight satin - like short slip.
But this time I'll go for something more suitable and glamorous - and it is really difficult to stay glamorous on winter time.

I truly admire this shop. Their handiwork is just perfect. High quality textiles. Amazing.
I already have from there long cotton night gown and it is so beautiful that I should be burried in it.
Only one problem: it needs some loops, support for the belt. I did it by myself because without it it just doesn't work. If I ever purchase another one I'll ask them to do it for me.

 Anyway, going back to the petticoat. I couldn't decide black or white, black or white...
well, I need both. So I'll start from white in case I have some extra requests.
I'll go for L. 23" and just ask for customizing waist.
Just waiting for the payment!

2. Kiss Me Deadly

I'll get myself Vargas Longline Girdle size S because I really want to shape with it and M is to loose in waist.
There are many things I like but unfortunately I know nothing about this brand.

3. Black Long Leather Gloves with Buttons

I know how it looks like but I don't really know where to get it in reasonable price...............
and my size. Since I have huge hands or at least Big (size 7,5) not that I am big, I can just hope it is possible.

I also have a fetish for opera length black nylon gloves.
This is what What Katie Did has which is so so so wrong!!!
One size is just simply always shitty size.
So I just have to search a bit.

I found it in summer this year. But I'm waiting for a perfect moment.
I own some What Katie Did corsets which are just mass produced. There came time for customized corset especially for me.
There is only one I'd like to order.

5. definitively something from Vivien of Holloway

I have no big experience here...but swing trousers, which I like so much, are not for me.
I had to send it back. Too much here and there. I still regret.
However I am very happy with my bombshell strap dress W.28, H.40 (written it looks much more scary than just when I think about it) and it fits almost perfect.
It creases slightly on the back and straps partly fall down from shoulders but that's fine.
I still like it.
I love second hand clothes - since I am against unnecessary and mass production,
but sometimes I just feel like support some special clothes manufacture.
So next year I'll get myself one of these:

maybe capri

daytime dress with pockets

and the last one

Recently I've had some traumatic experience with blue color and look what's
happening now.  Honestly I'd love to do it in red but my boyfriend won't step out from the flat with me.

6. Cointreau Coffret

Ok, This is kind of dream wish because the price is just cosmic
but still it's nice to put it here.

Designed by Dita von Teese. Of course every woman will find it extremely useful.
Made from satin and silk. Price 350 Eur plus shipping costs around 25Eur.
It is really beautiful!
...and Contreau is really delicious.
I had lots of problems to find it on the net that's why I know only one place:

Since I already have it in black I know it fits me I just have to decide the color.
I will have to pay some taxes...that's why I'm still thinking.
Size US 8 is just perfect. However, as it's written on the site, it's tight in ribs so what I did was just move a button.

That's pretty much it. Not so long. Will grow with time I think.
Now I'll just post it on my boyfriends wall.