I would never speak ill of Dita Von Teese. Ever. However, I cannot endorse the dress that the burlesque performer wore in Australia when she launched her Von Follies lingerie line at Target. (It’s only Down Under. Booooo.) It looks like Dita’s lacy bra is trying to escape out of her J.Lo-cut dress on purpose! If your name is anything other than “Dita Von Teese,” how can you possibly wear a dress like this without constantly being stopped by well-meaning folks telling you they can see your bro? I’m more pro-Wearing Lingerie As Outerwear than some other ladies on The Frisky staff, but the escaping bra is a confusing look.
But other than that … rock on, Dita.
A lot of celebrity collaborations are ridiculous to the point of insulting (the one by Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz springs to mind) but, if we were to imagine a celebrity-designed collection that actually made sense, Dita von Teese doing lingerie wouldn’t be far off. The burlesque superstar designed a 26 piece capsule collection for Target Australia, to hit stores early February (pre-Valentine’s Day).
The collection, Von Follies by Dita von Teese, will feature “five groups of called balconette bras, high-cut briefs, G-strings, garters, bustiers and fitted corsolettes rendered in leopard-print satin with eyelash lace detail, red satin with delicate black lace trim and black lace with intricate ribbon detailing and signature Dita blue treatments. There will also be spot-pattern mesh overlay effects on nude and black grounds, as well as sexy looking nude and black fishnet,” according to WWD. Read more…
“More feather and rhinestones! Better lighting! Bigger production value! Striptease burlesque was invented in America, so it’s not any different. … If you read anything Gypsy Rose Lee ever wrote, she liked being called a stripper. That word was used back then. I don’t really need any fancy terminology to describe what I do. I never correct someone when they say, ‘She’s a stripper.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I am.’ I am proud of what I do.”
— Dita Von Teese is right, of course. Stripping is stripping. But I also found her explanation overly simplistic. I know several burlesque performers, as well as several strippers, and my impression is that burlesque usually begins as a “past time” or “hobby” that involves spending a lot of money on costumes, shoes, hair and makeup, and it can turn into a full-time job for only a select few. My impression of stripping is that it is a full-time job, or a part-time job during school (or whatever), which women get into out of economic necessity more so than a “hobby.” I do not look down on strippers — in fact, one of my fave Frisky commenters is a former stripper! — but I’m definitely more into watching burlesque! [TimeOut London] Keep reading »
While there are still a few days left in 2010, we’re going to feature some of our best and favorite posts from the last year. Each of your regular Frisky bloggers has picked out her 10 favorite posts from 2010—some you may remember well, others might have slipped past your radar. Jessica went with a slightly different twist, picking her favorite interviews from the last year. Read on! Keep reading »
“CSI” just got a whole lot edgier. The show has confirmed that burlesque super star Dita Von Teese will guest-star on a January episode of the show. She will play an old-Hollywood, femme fatale type who gets up close and personal (striptease per chance?) with Sanders, played by her real-life friend Eric Szmanda. “Her character is absolutely unlike what she seems. Prepare to be tantalized and tormented,” says the executive producer. Oooh! It’s so “Black Dahlia.” The film noir plot possibilities are endless. I shall be watching. [EW] Keep reading »
We thought it a bit strange Perrier would hire burlesque star Dita Von Teese as a sexy spokeswoman, but now we get it. Anyone else would make a brisk rinse-off in Perrier just look silly! (This video is pretty tame, but probably NSFW.) [PerrierByDita.com] Keep reading »
As though Jean-Paul Gaultier’s couture presentation weren’t awesome enough with its copious turbans and leather, Dita Von Teese capped off the show in a patent leather, jewel-encrusted, and, best of all, mechanical corset. Only vaguely skeletal from the front, the thing looked positively macabre (in a cool way) from the back. Click through for more images of Madame Von Teese strutting it in her skeleton corset and silk turban. [Styleite] Keep reading »
It’s no secret we’ve got a major crush on burlesque performer Dita Von Teese. What’s not to love? She’s got a bitchin’ wardrobe (and an assistant who takes care of her clothes!), an incredible job, and more confidence than we’ve seen in, well … anyone!
Dita was kind enough to talk to us recently about her latest book, Dita: Stripteese, where to get the best vintage, how many pairs of Louboutins she owns, and how often she checks her lipstick … Keep reading »
Heather Renee Sweet is Dita Von Teese’s birth name, but how did she come up with her moniker that’s perfect for burlesque? Well, back when she was just a mere 19-year-old stripper, she started going by the name Dita, which she adopted after watching a silent film. When Dita posed for Playboy in the mid-’90s she had to give them a last name to print. She and her friends searched the phone book under Von and found Von Treese. But the magazine printed Von Teese by accident (maybe not?), and the rest is history. [Socialite Life] Keep reading »