Betty Grable. Sahji Pearl. Jane Russell. Lili St. Cyr. These names elicit visions of what glamour used to look like, from a time when lingerie was more than just seductive nighttime attire. While an assortment of gorgeous dolls (and drag queens) do their best to uphold that classic vibe, no one manages to illustrate or embody the beauty of burlesque like Dita Von Teese.
The former Mrs. Marilyn Manson credits her mother for her infatuation with vintage 1940s glam. That fascination with elegant hosiery and intricate undergarments together with childhood ballet training fueled Von Teese’s ascension as the modern queen of burlesque, famous worldwide for her stunning curves and elaborate shows. But the smoldering starlet stresses that glamour is undefinable, declaring that every size and shape can be glamorous, even on a thrift-store budget. (”I was making minimum wage when I first started doing burlesque,” she notes.) The best way to develop that allure, she says, is to find what makes you comfortable, embellish upon your best features and, most importantly, dare to be different.
Need a lesson or some quickie inspiration, sexy sisters? For the first time ever, Von Teese has taken her 90-minute spectacle, Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!, on the road; in fact, it’s already here. And fellas, be braced: An increasing number of women have been in attendance on the tour, Von Teese says—“embracing their own level of empowerment.”
The performer isn’t only bringing her show to her common-folk fans, but bringing more of it: Her previous gigs usually featured two acts, whereas Strip Strip Hooray! boasts four elaborate sets by Von Teese herself, plus a number of additional performers. Also, it’s important to note that Von Teese does her own hair and make-up and also designs her own costumes—a huge deal in the entertainment styling world. Garments intricately studded with Swavorski crystals are sure to be among the special on-stage features sure to dazzle attendees. The others, it’s safe to say, have precious little to do with stagewear.
Oct. 9. 7:30pm. The Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St, Upper Darby.
And they just keep rolling in.
Hot on the heels of Target’s Jason Wu collab news comes yet another. But maybe you didn’t quite expect this one. The mass-market retailer will be teaming up with sultry burlesque siren, Dita von Teese with a line of vintage-inspired lingerie pieces. BUT there’s a major catch: the collection won’t be available outside of Australia, leaving the rest of us to try our luck with eBay come February 8th when the line will be released.
As for the pieces? Staying true to von Teese’s signature style, the lacey separates, including bras, undies, corsets, stockings and more are very ‘Old Hollywood’ and pretty much similar to what we’d imagine von Teese wears herself. Also, there’s lots of leopard.
Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Photos via Fashionologie
Nicki Minaj is usually a woman of a thousand faces, shadowed by a thousand different personas. However, she puts them all aside to show off just one fierce look for MAC’s 2012 Viva Glam cosmetic line.
Posing next to long lost Ricky Martin, Nicki looks like a life-size Haraiuku Barbie rockin’ the line’s blue and green eye shadows and the plush, pink, Barbie-esque lipstick. Although it’s hard to tell if Ricky is sporting a smoky eye or any of the glowing pink blushes, he sure came back into the scene lookin’ damn good.
Viva Glam consists of a line full of lipsticks, eye shadows, and foundations that can take anyone from humdrum to over-the-top electric. And the fact that Nicki is sporting the eclectic, new line bent over a hot motorcycle with her boobs pouring out makes it that much more desirable. Some of the other glamorous ladies who have gotten their own Glam line: Lady Gaga, Eve, Fergie and Dita von Teese.
Viva Glam is also donating lipstick proceeds to the MAC Aids Fund – so, all you lipstick lovers, get glossy and help the fight against AIDS.
Nicky and Ricky will debut the hot, new line in February 2012 – just in time to look fabulously fierce for Valentine’s Day.
In the spirit of style preservation, today’s links are based on the ever-glamorous style icon, Dita Von Teese.
Never failing to reflect the classic beauty of the forties, Dita is the pinnacle of a modern day pin up.
Love her because she is animal friendly!
Hate her because who the hell manages to look this good even while working out?!
So if you are one of the post-Superbowl cross-eyed sweatpant crew, there’s always tomorrow to sass it up. In the words of Dita, ” “I advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute.”