Von Teese said. She began incorporating aspects of burlesque, complete with her s style, into her act while working as a stripper at While it seems obvious to draw parallels between Dita Von Teese and famous pin-up model Ms. Page—they are, at least, physically very similar—Ms. Von Teese seems destined for a happier fate. Where Ms.
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And cabaret extraordinaire Dita Von Teese is set to show adoring fans in Birmingham exactly why she earned her legendary status when she brings new show, Glamonatrix, to the city's Alexandra Theatre. Glamonatrix follows Dita's first show that came overseas in , The Art of Teese, that sold-out multiple dates at the London Palladium as well as across Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States. The uber-glamorous variety show presents an extravagant new production with costumes created by famed corset maker Mister Pearl, British designer Jenny Packham, French couturier Alexis Mabille, Brooke Brothers and more. Following the tour, Dita returned home more inspired than ever, diving straight into building new acts.
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Dress by Elenareva. Shoes by Christian Louboutin. Fantasy, mystery and sensuality are so deeply ingrained into the mythos of Dita Von Teese that it's hard to imagine a young woman — one who revered the alabaster-skinned leading ladies of old Hollywood from her small Michigan town — named Heather Sweet, once existed in her place. As far back as the age of 15, when she began working in a lingerie store, Von Teese was fascinated by the studied, off-kilter beauty and hyper-femininity of s and '40s cinema idols like Betty Grable and Dita Parlo from whom she takes her name. Over the years, these early interests, coupled with her background in ballet, and forays into historical costuming and costume design, conflated to become Dita Von Teese, a persona so organically constructed that it is almost impossible to tell where and if the fantasy ever ends. The burlesque star's eponymous debut studio album stretches the carefully developed illusion even further, framing the raven-haired provacateuress as a clear-eyed master of the seductive arts; a woman who revels in her unbridled sensuality, and recognizes the power of her passion. Beyond that, it also marks Von Teese's first true and proper foray into the world of music.
Von Teese was born in Rochester, Michigan , the second of three daughters. This began at a young age and was fostered by her mother, who would buy clothes for her daughter to dress up. Her mother was a fan of old, Golden Age-era Hollywood films , and from her Von Teese developed a fascination with the actresses of that day, especially Betty Grable. She was classically trained as a ballet dancer from an early age, and danced solo at age 13 for a local ballet company. Though she originally wanted to be a ballerina , Von Teese states that "by 15, I was as good as I'd ever be. The family relocated from Michigan to Orange County, California , when her father's job moved.