Biggest misconception about burlesque: "That it’s about dancing around in hot pants with feather boas. Burlesque was about the striptease. The stars of burlesque took their clothes off, end of story, period."
Worst moment onstage: "My hair caught on fire. I do an act where I sit on a vanity table that has candelabras on it. Well, there was a lot of hair spray going on. I realized what was happening and put my hair out. The show went on."
Indispensable gadget: "A 1940s phone station. It’s a stand that holds the phone, and you sit in it. You can’t move around. I used to have a cordless phone and I hated it."
Personal hero: "Mae West. There hasn’t been another actress in the world who wrote every line she ever said in a film."
Burlesque memento: "I have an artifact of the famed burlesque star Sally Rand, from 1939. It’s a box that says “Winter Underwear for Men” on it. Inside is a crocheted warmer for a man’s equipment. It’s hysterical."
Collections: "I collect in a crazy way. I have at least 15 collections. I collect vintage hair combs; vintage clothes; vintage lingerie; hats; jewelry; cigarette holders."
Favorite collection: "My hats. When I look at them I can’t believe these are things that women wore on the street every day. They are dramatic and distinctive."
Obsolete item she can’t bear to part with: "Everything I have is obsolete. That’s the point."
Doesn't she have the most gorgeous hat room, just look at all of those vintage hats, now that folks is what dreams are made of! All of the quotes from Dita Von Teese are courtesy of the New York Times and the last photo, the entire interview may be found here.
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