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.
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.