Born Heather Sweet in West Branch, Michigan, Dita Von Teese grew up fascinated by the Golden Age of Cinema. This naturally blond, mid-western girl transformed herself into a glamour girl like those she admired. Performing striptease since 1992, she is the biggest name in burlesque in the world since Gypsy Rose Lee and is credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight with a new sense of elegance and sophistication.
Taking audiences on a journey into fantasy and spectacle, Dita is renowned for her ornate sets and dazzling haute-couture performance costumes lavishly adorned with Swarovski crystal. She’s collaborated on her costumes with designers Elie Saab, Jenny Packham, Christian Louboutin, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Catherine D’Lish, Mister Pearl and more. This “Burlesque Superheroine” (Vanity Fair) has been the burlesque performer of choice at high-profile events for Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Cartier, and at The Cannes Film Festival. Dita was the first guest star in history at The Crazy Horse Paris, reviving the iconic cabaret with several sold-out runs, including “Dita’s Crazy Show” to celebrate their 65th Anniversary. In 2019, she was also the first guest star of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show at The Folies Bergère in Paris, and walked the runway for his final Haute Couture show in 2020.
Dita brought burlesque to prime time television in the States as a guest star on CSI, performing her trademark Martini Glass show in one of their highest rated episodes of all time.
In addition to her burlesque shows, Dita is a self-styled fashion icon and muse, topping best-dressed lists all over the world, and voted onto Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List twice. Expanding into her own distinctive brands, her namesake lingerie collection debuted at Bloomingdales, and has since expanded to Nordstrom, David Jones, Glamuse and more. She has a luxury gloves collection, a signature hosiery line, perfumes, eyewear, and she launched the world’s first-ever striptease candle.
Dita’s New York Times Bestselling book, “Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour” (Harper Collins) is printed in several languages, and is requisite reading for glamour aficionados across the globe. She is currently writing her third book, “Fashioning the Femme Totale”, a guide to her distinctively modern take on vintage style.
She served as the global ambassador for Cointreau from 2007-2013, and in 2010-2011, Dita was the face of Perrier for an exclusive set of limited edition bottles. An advocate in the fight against AIDS, she was MAC Viva Glam Spokesperson from 2006-2008. She has also performed at many events for amfAR and was honored with their Award of Courage in 2008. Her status as a burlesque star and modern-day feminist garnered her the coveted invitation to address the Oxford Student Union in February 2006.
Dita has collaborated on several music projects, including songs with Monarchy, plus a full album composed by French artist Sebastien Tellier.
Dita’s four full-length revues, “Strip, Strip, Hooray!”, “The Art of the Teese”, “Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe” and “Glamonatrix”are the biggest burlesque shows in history, showcasing a diverse cast of the crème de la crème of neo-burlesque performers of all genders, hailing from all over the world. In 2018, Dita and her cast performed in historic theatres across Europe, with five sold-out nights at the London Palladium. They made burlesque history bringing burlesque to The Opera Garnier in Monte Carlo, performing with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II in attendance.
In addition to these touring shows, each New Year’s Eve, Dita produces an opulent gala show at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, selling out the palatial Golden Age vaudeville theatre to an audience that loves to dress to the nines in vintage style, creating an unforgettable atmosphere of glamour not to be missed!
Dita’s newest revue “Glamonatrix” debuted in Australia and New Zealand in 2019, and is set to travel across the US in 2020. The tour continues across Europe and the UK beginning in February 2021, with four nights at the historic Folies Bergère, plus a week at The London Palladium.