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.
Dita’s lingerie collection Von Folliesby Dita Von Teese launched to rave reviews with Target Australia and is now available internationally online via STYLEBOP.com, Glamuse.com, and asos.com. Her Dita Von Teese capsule dress collection which is based on her personal vintage collection, was released exclusively at David Jones in Australia in February 2012, and was just launched in the U.S. at the premiere vintage boutique in Los Angeles, Decades. She is also a best-selling author who is currently working on her third book, a guide to eccentric glamour.
Dita has served as the global ambassador for Cointreau since 2007 and as such she has created signature cocktails such as the “Cointreau Teese” and the “Margadita,” as well as traveling the world performing her “Be Cointreauversial” glass show, and her new “Cointreau Diva Exotica” show inspired by the 1940s when the Margarita was developed. In 2010 and 2011, she was also the face of Perrier for an exclusive set of limited edition bottles and cans.
An advocate in the fight against HIV and Aids, Dita was a MAC Viva Glam Spokesperson from 2006-2008 and in 2009 she participated in the H&M/Fashion Against Aids t-shirt campaign. She has also performed and appeared at several events for Amfar and was honored with their Award of Courage in 2008. Her status as a burlesque star and modern-day feminist has also garnered her an invitation to speak at the Oxford Student Union, where other elected speakers have included the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Tony Blair, and Anna Wintour.
Dita just performed sold-out shows of her full-length revue “Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!” in New York in association with Live Nation. For more information on Dita Von Teese, please visit dita.net