Dallas Contemporary is Nuts About Jennifer Rubell

Exhibition: Blonde, brunette, red head – take your pick! The Dallas Contemporary is not ‘Bananas’ its absolutely nuts about the latest exhibition Nutcrackers by artist Jennifer Rubell. I met the artist this past Saturday at a brunch hosted by the Dallas Contemporary – naturally I arrived fashionably late, in fact one hour late (so much for thinking this was buffet style – a breeze in, breeze out, kind-of luncheon), only to be seated next to Jennifer at a wonderful seated lunch – how embarrassing!

 

So the kinds of nutcrackers that you’ll find at the Dallas Contemporary are the superwoman kind, quite literally. Eighteen life-size mannequins preferably described as sculptures showcase the dichotomy of highly-sexualized nudes versus strong, powerful nut-busting females.

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Margadita Von Teese Chats Costumes, Corsets and Cointreau

CHAT: The diminutive Dita Von Teese is a glamorous package of loveliness, and I had the wonderful experience of chatting with this unique style icon about Hollywood, costume design, corsets, Jean Paul Gaultier, and of course Cointreau last week. The Queen of Burlesque was in Dallas to perform her variety show  “Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!” at the House of Blues, and promote the launch of her second signature cocktail – The Cointreau MargaDita. The launch has already been a success in New York and Los Angeles, and now Dallas meets Dita.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

MT: The Golden era and Hollywood have been a huge influence in your career – why?
DVT: When I was a little girl my Mom loved antiques and to watch old movies, so that’s where it started. My biggest influence is the WWII era and Technicolor musicals, and particularly, at that point in time Betty Grable was the number one box office star, so my favorite films starred Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda – I love the big song and dance Technicolor musicals, which are a big inspiration for my shows. There weren’t that many movies that portrayed authentic burlesque, so really I based my shows from these few films and photographs from the 1940’s.

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