When it comes to her glamorously elaborate stage show, there isn’t a single detail that gets by internationally famous burlesque star and fashion icon Dita Von Teese.
Her hands-on approach, innovative stage, prop and costume designs, sensual choreography and tenacious work ethic have led to her now decades long career as a top burlesque performer, known for her stripped down and splash around “Martini Glass” act, that continues to sell out shows around the world. Though in the spotlight she’s virtually flawless, a picture of pin-up perfection shrouded in thousands of shimmering Swarovski crystals, she’s not afraid to get a little dirt under her polished nails.
“There’s nothing that I’m getting help doing now that I haven’t done myself,” the 44-year-old said during a recent phone interview. “My friend Catherine, who helped create most of these numbers with me, we used to load up our martini and champagne glasses into her van and cruise around doing show after show. I’m a do-it-yourself girl, but I’ve learned to delegate, which is hard.”
Von Teese is about to embark on the West Coast leg of her latest North American tour with her new variety show, “The Art of the Teese.” The short jaunt includes numerous local stops and kicks off at House of Blues in San Diego on Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6. It will be at House of Blues Anaheim on Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 30, the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside on Wednesday, July 26 and the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, July 28.