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Dita: Stripteese Hardcover – November 3, 2009
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A decidedly adult twist on the old-school animation process…. A trio of flip books…portrays the alabaster-skinned vixen shedding vintage clothes or glittery costumes through three of her favorite routines.... For extra fun, flip ‘em in reverse—and watch the burlesque queen put all her clothes back on. (Los Angeles Times)
“A highlight of Art Basel Miami Beach…Von Teese mounted a stage… in a pool at the Delano Hotel and did one of her signature burlesque shows, a coy striptease that left her naked except for [pink crystal panties] and pasties, straddling a giant lipstick that bucked like a mechanical bull.” (New York Times)
“If anyone thought that Dita Von Teese was a passing character upon the pop culture stage, they’d be advised to take a closer look. . . . This queen of burlesque is proving to be the sort of, multifaceted player who is anything but a flash in the pan.” (Interview)
“Burlesque dancer and model Dita Von Teese has not only mastered the art of taking her clothes off, but she’s also the best in the business.” (Esquire UK)
“In a sea of naked-faced, denim-clad Hollywood beauties, [Dita’s] rouged, primped appearance and unabashed glamour were as exotic as a bird of paradise in a room full of daisies.” (Elle)
“Just when you thought all was lost, along comes burlesque superheroine Dita Von Teese, a curvaceous, alabaster-skinned…immaculately coiffed stripper with a fondness for retro fashions and the attention to detail to do it right. Dita is giving burlesque a sweetly seductive second life and…more than a touch of class.” (Vanity Fair)
“Dita was like a revelation to me the first time I met her. She is a dream come true, the ultimate elegant showgirl.” (Christian Louboutin, Los Angeles Times)
“What made her such a compelling front-row presence was her knack for dressing head to toe in the work of the designer showing…but never once compromising her unique Bettie Page look. It was a magical trick….. Become a brand unto yourself. Know your signatures and stay true to them.” (Vogue)
“Uninhibited, seriously smart and wickedly funny, Von Teese is a woman who refuses to allow her truth to be defined by moments captured thru the lenses of the paparazzi” (944 Magazine)
“She is the queen of the modern burlesque revival, not just because she’s mind-bendingly gorgeous and knows how to move, but because her commitment to the details of her art borders on the obsessive.” (Flaunt Magazine)
About the Author
Dita Von Teese is the brightest star in burlesque since Gypsy Rose Lee. As style icon and muse to artists, designers, and photographers, she has appeared on magazine covers and runways for Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, and Giambattista Valli, and is the performer of choice for Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, and Louis Vuitton. Her DIY beauty ethos and entrepreneurial ventures—designing award-winning perfumes, lingerie, gloves, and clothes, and as directing producer on her touring stage extravaganzas—have established her as a role model to women. Her books include the bestseller Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/Fetish and the Art of the Teese and Dita: Stripteese. Dita and her feline, Aleister, live under the gaze of the star-viewing Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
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These three books are nestled together in a cardboard enclosure and tied shut with a pretty pink ribbon. The first book is the Martini Glass - Dita's most famous show. The second book is the Bird of Paradise - a gorgeous look at Dita in a gilded cage, twirling and dancing her way to the camera. The last book is the Classic Striptease with those seamed stockings and signature corset. Each book flips from front to back and then back to front and each photograph is exquisitely detailed and vivid, you will find yourself not only flipping through as you are intended to, but looking at each photograph individually to try to soak in all of the details of each image - from the lush feathers in Bird of Paradise to the jeweled diamond costume in the Martini Glass show.
Any fan of Dita will no doubt already own this treasure, but those curious about burlesque would be well advised to buy this set - it is well produced, great quality and simply beautiful.