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Burlesque star extraordinaire and epitome of retro pin-up style

Coming from humble beginnings in a small Michigan town, Heather Sweet – better known as Dita Von Teese – turned into one of the world’s most loved modern-day burlesque performers. Having helped kick-start its revival in the ’90s, she’s now famous for her ultra-glamorous, sophisticated and stylised revues.

Sweet studied ballet from a young age. Thanks to her antique-collecting mum, she also fell in love with Hollywood’s Golden Age films, idolising the era’s alluring actresses – from Betty Grable and Mae West to Marlene Dietrich. That interest increased in her teens after her family relocated to California.

When she was 15, Sweet started working as a salesgirl in a lingerie store. The job, combined with her admiration for the classic style of those ’30s and ’40s screen sirens, began to shape her into a consummate glamour girl.

By the time Sweet was 18, she’d arranged a pin-up photo shoot posing in just a corset. She also had her famous beauty mark tattooed on her left cheek. A year later, in 1992, she started stripping – and began adding elaborate dancing and props to her act. Her classier, more artful striptease became part of popularising the neo-burlesque movement.

While embarking on a career as a performer and model, she adopted the name Dita inspired by silent film actress Dita Parlo. Having initially chosen the surname “Von Treese” from a phone book, it was a typo on her breakthrough 2002 Playboy cover that cemented her as Dita Von Teese.

During these years, Von Teese got into the practice of tightlacing, which involves reducing the waistline by wearing corsets. She was rumoured to have trained her 56-centimetre waist down to 42 centimetres. 

During the noughties, she appeared in other magazines like Vogue, walked various fashion show runways, was briefly married to goth rocker Marilyn Manson and wrote the book Burlesque And The Art Of The Teese.

Over the decade that followed, she launched her own lingerie and clothing lines as well as created fragrances and a make-up collection.

Also by the ’10s, Von Teese was best known for her act of bathing in a giant martini glass and she launched the burlesque show Strip, Strip, Hooray! It was the first of several full-length revues Von Teese put together showcasing a diverse case of the world’s best neo-burlesque performers of all genders. After touring with it for about five years, she returned with the shows The Art Of The Teese and Dita Von Teese And The Copper Coupe.

In addition, since 2017 Von Teese has been producing an opulent New Year’s Eve gala show at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, selling out the evenings of high glamour, raucous comedy and showbiz surprises.

In September 2021, Von Teese announced a multi-artist burlesque revue called Night Of The Teese that would be streamed from the Orpheum Theatre across the weekend of 1 – 3 October 2021. The cinematic special, designed to take viewers on a journey into fantasy and spectacle, featured performances by Von Teese along with Dirty Martini, Perle Noire, Jett Adore, Marawa, Frankie Fictitious and Vontourage.

Von Teese also confirmed her return to the UK in March 2022 with Glamonatrix, her most lavish touring burlesque show yet.

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Dita Von Teese is performing a multi-artist revue show called Night Of The Teese – A Cinematic Special, which will be streamable for one weekend only from 1 – 3 October 2021. 

Audiences can expect a mix of fantasy and spectacle during Night Of The Teese – A Cinematic Special. Along with ornate sets and dazzling haute-couture costumes, Dita Von Teese handpicked top talent from the US burlesque community. Working closely with director Quinn Wilson, she created this visually stunning and enchanting film that is unlike anything seen before.

Dita Von Teese is touring the UK with her new Glamonatrix show from 2 – 24 March 2022.

Dita Von Teese will visit the following cities with her 2022 Glamonatrix show:

  • Edinburgh
  • London (for five nights)
  • Oxford
  • Birmingham (for two nights)
  • Manchester (for two nights)
  • Brighton (for two nights)
  • Bristol

A stunning visual journey, the Glamonatrix burlesque revue features a night of show-stopping performances. Along with extravagant production numbers from Dita Von Teese and the cast, the costumes were created by famed corset maker Mister Pearl, British designer Jenny Packham, French couturier Alexis Mabille, burlesque great Catherine D’Lish and more. The show’s extraordinary bespoke footwear by was made by Christian Louboutin.

Tickets for Dita Von Teese’s live-stream revue Night Of The Teese are on sale now, along with special master classes and meet & greet VIP packages. Tickets for her 2022 Glamonatrix tour are also available.