Dita is best known for her burlesque routines and is frequently dubbed “the Queen of Burlesque” in the press. She is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, author and actress. DitaVon Teese was born Heather Renée Sweet on September 28, 1972, in Rochester, Michigan. She is well known for her fascination with 1940s cinema and classic retro style.
She was classically trained as a ballet dancer from an early age. She was later to incorporate this element into her burlesque shows, where she frequently goes en pointe.
In college Dita studied historic costuming and aspired to work as a stylist for period films. She is a trained costume designer, often designing the photoshoots herself.
She is also an occasional actress, and has appeared in the 2005 short film, The Death of Salvador Dali, and in the feature films Saint Francis and The Boom Boom Room, both in 2007. She has appeared in a number of music videos.
Dita has appeared on numerous best-dressed lists and frequents the front row of fashion shows, particularly Christian Dior and Marc Jacobs, labels she is often seen wearing.
She has also done catwalk work. She has modeled for Heatherette, Giambattista Valli, (a former designer for Ungaro), the Moschino diffusion label, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Jean Paul Gaultier.
Additionally, Dita has starred in several ad campaigns. She appeared in Vivienne Westwood’s spring/summer 2005 collection adverts and became the face of Wheels and Dollbaby for their 2006/7 Spring/Summer advertising campaign.
Most recently she has designed a new lingerie range with Wonderbra.