She’s the poster girl for Burlesque dancing. The definition of old school glamour. And the woman who can pull off the kind of kind of winged eyeliner that incites both intense jealousy and awe.
After a career that’s spanned decades, Dita Von Teese is showing no signs of halting.
Here in Australia for her Strip Strip Hooray shows and to launch her latest Wheels & Dollbaby cardigan collaboration (it’s an 11 year-long partnership that’s seen Von Teese bring out 26 variations), we caught up with the 43-year-old to talk style and beauty.
Speaking of your lovely new Wheels & Dollbaby cardigan, do you think the humble cardi is the most underrated piece of clothing?
“Absolutely. I love cardigans and I love that this one is stretchy. It’s a nice sexy cardigan, so I wear mine with cigarette pants or a pencil skirt.”
Your style truly embodies that 'old Hollywood' glamour feel. What are your tips for being stylish?
“I invest in a great piece that I really, really love and I wear it for years and years and years. There are certain pieces that I’ve been wearing for 10 years and people compliment me on it and say, ‘Oh my god, that coat is so beautiful’ or, ‘That dress is so great’. It's never cheap clothes that happens with, they are designer pieces. Or they’re pieces I wasn’t going to buy because they were too expensive, but if you shop with care that’s really the key.
"I don’t shop very often, I don’t shop for leisure, I don’t shop to make myself feel better. I buy things that I spend a lot of time thinking about it. I leave it at the store for a few days and decide if I really want it. When I was younger I just used to go and buy everything and have lots of things and I stopped doing that and it’s been great.”
Watch: Mollie Makeup demonstrates winged eyeliner, one of Dita von Teese's signatures. (Post continues after video.)