Dita Von Teese for Elle Men China, photography by Albert Sanchez, styling by Laura Duncan, hair by Louise Moon, makeup by Kathy Jeung, creative direction by Dana Poblete, art guidance by Pedro Zalba, written and coordinated by Clea Bierman.
Born Heather Sweet in West Branch, Michigan, Dita Von Teese grew up fascinated by the Golden Age of Cinema, pin-up imagery, and vintage lingerie. This naturally blond, mid-western girl then transformed herself into a glamour girl like those she admired. Performing striptease since 1992, she is the biggest name in burlesque since Gypsy Rose Lee and is credited with bringing the art form back in to the spotlight with a new sense of elegance and sophistication.
Taking audiences on a journey into fantasy and spectacle, Dita is renowned for her ornate sets and dazzling haute-couture performance costumes adorned with hundreds of thousands of Swarovski crystals. This “Burlesque Superheroine” (Vanity Fair) is the performer of choice at high profile events including those for designers such as Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Chopard, and Cartier, and was the first guest star in history at Paris’ famed Crazy Horse (established in 1951) where she has performed several sold-out runs. In 2011, Dita brought burlesque to prime time television in the States when she appeared as a guest star on CSI and performed her classic Martini Glass show in an episode billed as “too hot to handle.”
In addition to her burlesque shows, Dita is a self-styled fashion icon who tops best-dressed lists all over the world and has her own distinct brands. She recently launched her first signature fragrance Dita Von Teese in the German markets where it won the German Fragrance Federation Award for “Best Female Lifestyle Fragrance,” and she just launched it in the states and online globally via RONROBINSON.com. Her second fragrance, “Rouge,” will be released in the German markets for Holiday 2012. In 2012, Dita also debuted her first cosmetics collection with Artdeco: Dita Von Teese Classics, the follow up collection Dita Von Teese Fall Favorites, and the forthcoming holiday collection, Dita Von Teese Golden Vintage, which will be in stores November 2012.