Stylelist.com: Dita Von Teese: Performance Artist, Collector, Designer
by Jessica Robin Trent
September 4, 2012
Dita Von Teese (in custom Jenny Packham), Cointreau Global Ambassador. Beverly Hills Hotel. Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage
Dita Von Teese is more than a burlesque dancer, she is a performance artist as intelligent, talented, and rigorous in her work as any fine artist I have seen in the best galleries or museums. Dita is also quite the savvy businesswoman.
Dita incorporates the formal ballet training of her small town youth into her performances. She is naturally elegant, feminine, and graceful. Sitting inches away from her on a loveseat at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, her posture is as perfect as her milky white skin. Ever the artist and creative collaborator, when I inquired about her performance makeup, she replied “I do my own hair and makeup and I am working on a step-by-step beauty book with Rose Apodaca.” Dita told me unusual beauties such as Maria Callas and Marlene Dietrich inspire her.
“The Chambermaid” by Dorian Cleavenger
‘While in her chambers you will be at her beckoning; she will teach you the true meaning of “room service.”‘
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Dorian Cleavenger is a fantasy artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can view more of his work through dorianart.com. Prints are available; Gallery C. 4×6 $5, 7×10 $15. Posters and giclee prints in larger sizes are also available.
In 2002, this Dita-inspired piece was featured in Marquis.
Playboy (USA) June, 2006
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This piece by cheesecake artist Olivia was published in the June 2006 issue of US Playboy. It’s also graces the cover of Olivia’s new book, Malibu Cheesecake.
Malibu Cheesecake: The Pinup Art of Olivia
An illustration of Dita graces the cover of Olivia’s new book Malibu Cheesecake: The Pinup Art of Olivia. It will also feature an interview with Dita, among others: Hugh Hefner, Bettie Page, and Margaret Cho.
Copies are available through the artist’s website, as well as the Book Depository.
French pin-up artist Maly Siri has created several Dita Von Teese inspired pieces. To view her work, visit her weblog, Maly Siri’s Pin-Up Art & Doodles.
Watch the artist at work: