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.

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