Luxuriant: Dita Von Teese
March 2013 | Issue #30
Luxuriant is a free cultural, fashion, art, music and travel magazine available in Luxembourg. Dita is on the cover for issue #30. This is the English translation of the interview, available on the Luxuriant website. I will post scans once I find a copy.
Ace Hotel: INTERVIEW : DITA VON TEESE
April 30th, 2013
International burlesque guru Dita Von Teese debuted a fully articulated 3D-printed gown designed by Michael Schmidt — and Ace friend and creator of wardrobes for luminaries like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Deborah Harry and Madonna — in collaboration with Francis Bitonti and Shapeways at our F/W Fashion Week celebrations in New York City this spring. We caught up with the femme fatale to end all femme fatales to talk body modification, the bionic future and her influencers.
You’ve starred in an episode of CSI and done a turn as a judge RuPaul’s Drag Race, as did Beth Ditto. What does it feel like to come from an ‘underground’ background into the mainstream?
Well, it wasn’t an overnight thing. I have a career that spans twenty years. I spent plenty of time in the underground. I feel glad to have the kind of recognition I have now and to have the opportunity to take what I do to different levels and reach a broader audience, but at the same time retain the integrity of what I first set out to do — which was to become the greatest living striptease artist since Gypsy Rose Lee — and to do it my way and not have to commercialize it or sanitize it or do what other people told me I should do to make it.
Cool Hunting: Behind the Scenes at Strip Strip Hooray
Mechanical bulls, confetti cannons and fog machines jazz up Dita Von Teese’s traveling burlesque show
by James Thorne
23 April 2013
“They come dressed to the nines,” says Justin Moyer, production manager for Strip Strip Hooray. He’s referring to the pantheon of fans that flock to the performance, one of the preeminent shows in the neo-burlesque scene. Most come for Dita Von Teese—a pioneer of contemporary American burlesque and authority on elegance—although co-stars Murray Hill, Dirty Martini, Perle Noire, Selene Luna, Monsieur Romeo, Lada Nikolska and Catherine D’Lish command followings of their own. Fans come decked out in garters, bustiers and voluminous hair, helping to enshrine the atmosphere that Dita and company have worked so hard to create.
The Coveteur: The Edit
THE GIRL: Dita Von Teese
Up-close and personal with the one and only burlesque beauty, Dita Von Teese. And, yes, she does her own hair and make-up!
It’s almost impossible to mistake the burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese for someone else—unless, of course that someone is of the Gypsy Rose Lee type. That porcelain skin, those vibrant cherry lips, the signature beauty mark, her neatly pinned curls and waves and that teeny-tiny waist and curves is undeniably all Dita Von Teese’s trademark. And, we’ll have you know, Ms. Von Teese does it all herself, from the styling to the hair and make up. Yes, you read the correctly. Her secret? “Hot rollers, brush it out and tons of hairspray!” Oh, and let us note that it took her mere minutes to do, too! And don’t even try and ask the standard, “What’s your signature shade of red?” question because you’ll be damn right let down when she tells you she doesn’t really have one.
xoJane: Ask Dita Von Teese: What Is The Best Method For Curling My Hair While Maintaining Healthy Locks?
Sometimes, my mistakes and failures in beauty have forced me to come up with new hairstyles that became standards for me, so go easy on yourself, and have fun with it.
by Dita Von Teese
Apr 19, 2013
I recently rediscovered my curling iron and have been trying to breathe new life into my hairstyle by attempting to style it a la Lauren Bacall in Dark Passage, but instead it ends up looking like a hot mess. I’d like to try to migrate away from the curling iron, to keep follicle damage down, but I haven’t been able to find rollers that work for me or a curling pattern that is easy to master. What do you think is the best method to keep my locks healthy and retain a perfect curl? Any products (like setting lotions) that I should be using? You must get hair-related questions an awful lot, hope it isn’t a bother. Thank you in advance!
Mynxii White Interviews Dita Von Teese for Obliphica Professional
by Mynxii White
Apr 14, 2013
In the height of the madness of the International Beauty Show in NY, I was able to get a few minutes to interview the iconic Dita Von Teese. She is always so stunning in person, and always looks just as beautiful, if not more, as in her images. Standing alongside celebrity stylist, John Blaine, I got exclusive beauty advice from the style guru herself.
Mynxii: John has done your hair for many years now. What is the best beauty tip you have learned from him?
Dita: Introducing me to Obliphica was the best thing John could have done for my hair, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here. I used to think it didn’t matter what kind of shampoo and conditioner you used, and he convinced me otherwise with this line.
Mynxii: You are such a strong style and beauty icon. What PERSONAL beauty advice can you give to your fans?
Dita: My best advice is practice makes perfect. You cannot expect to become great by just trying a new hair style a few times. You have to really practice at everything. Some of the greatest hair dressers and makeup people I know didn’t even go to school. They are self taught, and that goes a long way. It shows that you can learn how to do it yourself too with a little patience and time.
Mynxii: John, is there anything that Dita has taught you in return?
It was such a pleasure to be able to get some great one on one time with the woman who has inspired much of my own personal style, as well as the man behind her always fierce and fabulous vintage locks.
Dita Von Teese for Flaunt Magazine, behind the scenes
April 10, 2013
Dita Von Teese so seductively reminds us it is not always what’s on the outside the counts. With just a peak of a little (or a lot) of her porcelain skin, Ms. Von Teese has been credited for reviving Burlesque and putting sultry sophistication back into striptease. For Flaunt’s shoot, N4 Style Ambassador, John Blaine, embraced Ms. Von Teese’s classic beauty giving her voluminous curls with a retro glam vibe. Here’s how you can recreate Dita’s look…
STEP 1: Spray Super Comb Prep & Protect throughout hair to detangle and provide thermal protection.
STEP 2: Cocktail equal parts Blow Dry Lotion and Support Solution and apply to damp hair for a smooth, sleek blow out.
STEP 3: Once hair is dry, roller set spraying Thermal Styling Spray section-by-section prior to rolling. Once cool, release rollers and gently brush through with a paddle brush for smooth waves.
STEP 4: Spray with Mighty Hair Spray to avoid flayaways and maintain shape.
Style Brief: Dita Von Teese for Flaunt Magazine
Source: John Blaine
Number 4 Style Ambassador
E! Online: Dita Von Teese’s 3 Rules for Flaunting Retro Makeup
by Alexis L. Loinaz
Tue., Mar. 26, 2013
Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese knows a thing or two about retro beauty: The milky-skinned siren has conjured an entire persona by drawing on a vintage vibe that melds the sensuality of a Varga girl with the kittenish playfulness of Bettie Page.
We recently chatted with the sultry star at the launch of her new lingerie line and she shared her tips and tricks on how to pull off retro makeup with can-do flair—and nope, you don’t need your own supersize martini-glass bathtub to turn heads while doing it.
1. Rock a Red Lip: “I think red lipstick looks good on every woman,” Dita says about this retro-glam must-have. “She just has to find the right red lipstick. I’m a big fan of a matte red lip because it’s easier to wear, and it’s always classic and always elegant.”
2. Go for a Matte Skin: “I love like clear, beautiful, matte skin,” she shares. “It’s always an essential of retro-style makeup, I think. I like a powdered matte finish.”
3. Find Your Old-School Pop-Culture Inspiration: Not everything comes down to makeup and accessories: Dita says that a big part of her retro beauty secret is finding the right old-school inspiration to get her in the right mood. “I like to watch a lot of old movies. That always does it for me,” she says. “I always feel inspired by movies with beautiful, glamorous costumes. And I love musicals. I always go for those 1940s-era Technicolor films with big musical numbers.”