The Weekly Review: Dita Von Teese

The Weekly Review: Dita Von Teese
by Jane Rocca
Friday, 16 March, 2012

Lace up: Von Teese (left) at the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Dita Von Teese is as much what you imagine her to be as she is not what you imagine. The 39-year-old, who rose to prominence as a burlesque performer in a strip club, is a skilled entrepreneur these days, launching everything from perfume to couture clothing. Add to this a new lingerie line available through Target called Von Follies and it seems the petite star is focused on bringing retro fashion to her keen followers.

What makes Von Teese interesting is not just her attention to detail when it comes to grooming and couture, it’s the way she’s transformed her life from a stage girl to one whose life is now a massive stage production in its own right.

She splits her life between a fancy home in Hollywood and an apartment she rents in Paris (which she has done for three years). Yes, she was once married to Marilyn Manson, but she’s ditched the Gothic rock tag and become more than a seductive tease with baggage. She’s into collecting taxidermy and says her house isn’t full of red velvet and leopard print, as some might fantasise. She tells me that she recently turned down an offer to date a high-profile A-list actor because his house was decorated in modern art – not really her thing – she just bought her first oil painting by 1950s pin-up artist Peter Driben; a big step for someone who used to cut out his images from old books and frame them cheaply herself.

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LMFF Runway: Von Follies Lingerie Collection (Part 2)

LMFF Runway: Von Follies Lingerie Collection
L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Previously, I posted a handful of runway shots from the Von Follies presentation. Here are many more.

There’s also a slideshow of snaps at the Herald Sun and LMFF, not to mention some great pics from Esme and the Laneway [1,2]. SassaBella has some shots by Andrew Kaineder. You can also check out flickr for more. Lastly, there are two photos from the Urban by Target appearance at

The 3rd installment from the Von Follies line is in Target Australia stores now.

Photos 1-7: Theo Karaniko, Sixty5 Images, Global Grind

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LMFF 2012 Catwalk: Dita Von Teese Muse, Opening Event

LMFF 2012, Dita Von Teese Muse, Opening Event
by L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Von Follies in Australia, the twitpics

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Stylist Brad Ngata with Dita Von Teese at LMFF

Brad Ngata, offical Hair Director for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, blogs about Dita and the Von Follies show.

DAY 3: Brad at LMFF with Dita Von Teese
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Though I’ve worked with many celebrities in my time, it was still a pinch-yourself moment to work with the incredible Dita Von Teese on her LMFF ‘Von Follies’ parade! After all, she is the biggest name in burleque since Gypsy Rose Lee and she’s a modern fashion icon who tops the best-dressed lists around the planet! Given her status, I must admit I was a little intimidated until I met her – but she was an absolute doll! She’s clever, determined and professional, but, one look in those eyes, and you melt and I couldn’t imagine anyone not doing anything she asked of them. (The classic ‘iron fist in the lace glove’!)

Dita’s ‘Von Follies’ parade was a world first in which she presented her latest lingerie range in collaboration with Target. As Official L’Oreal Hair Director for the show I came up with two distinct looks: a Betty Grable-inspired bang, and a classic oversized chignon. Dita accessoried her show with with top hats, lace ribbons, masks and even whips to add a naughty theatricality to the show. The audience loved it: her collection combines sophistication and sensuality with Dita’s iconic vintage style. Dita’s range is for every woman, of every size, and allows them all to feel as alluring as Hollywood stars. So here’s some snaps of my day…

InStyle interviews Dita Von Teese

InStyle interviews Dita Von Teese
March 10, 2012

Dita Von Teese has landed! The burlesque beauty is on Australian shores to promote her Von Follies lingerie range for Target, at L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival. She revealed to InStyle her love of undergarments, her thoughts on Australian style and the most precious pieces in her wardrobe…

The Von Follies range is inspired by the ‘pin-up girl’. What do you think makes ‘pin-up’ lingerie so feminine?
The ’40s and ’50s were eras when curves were very chic; lingerie then was made to enhance and exaggerate the feminine form. The designs of that time were beautifully constructed – I took inspiration from my vintage lingerie pieces, but also modified things to make them more wearable for a modern woman.

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LMFF Runway: Von Follies Lingerie Collection by Dita Von Teese

LMFF Runway: Von Follies Lingerie Collection
L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Photos 1-8: justjared; 9-19: Voight Photography and Design