She started off life as a natural blonde called Heather Renee Sweet. In her teens she developed a love of old school glamour and vintage lingerie and she took a part-time job in a lingerie shop. As she grew older she ventured down the road of stripping and modelling for fetish magazines. Eventually she dyed her hair black, coined herself Dita Von Teese and became the undisputed Queen of Neo Burlesque.
Dita is now a fashion darling and is seen front row at shows during fashion week. Her favourite designers are Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Dior and Lacroix and she always wears Louboutins. In fact Christian Louboutin is a friend of Dita’s and creates bespoke shoes for her shows. Here’s an interview she did with handbag.com where she talks about vintage clothes, lingerie and posing for Playboy.
The fashion press sometimes criticise Dita for wearing the same look, but I think the most stylish people have something of a uniform. For Daphne Guinness, it’s sharp tailoring, tons of diamonds and outlandish shoes. For Gwen Stefani it’s ska-influenced tomboy by day and retro pin-up on the red carpet. Stylish people know what suits them and will sometimes take risks within their own boundaries, but more often than not they revert to an aesthetic they feel comfortable in.
I love Dita’s commitment to her aesthetic, from her perfectly manicured nails to her vintage Jaguar car. I love that she has never worn a pair of jeans, doesn’t own sweatpants and wears red lipstick to her Pilates class. Even when she is snapped by the paparazzi getting off a red eye at LAX she still looks flawless. I wish I was such a paragon of elegance and grace but unfortunately I’m always going to be the girl who knocks over wineglasses and shreds her cuticles!
Below are a few of my recent favourite outfits of hers.