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Your brand debuted in Australia two years ago. Why now for the US?
We were waiting for the right time and the right retailer that we felt was going to make a splash. I held out until we found the right partners, and Bloomingdale's is def
When it comes to fit testing, are you testing for a body like yourself, are you working off a curvier figure or a more standard model body?
A little bit of everything. Obviously I wear everything myself and I learn a lot by wearing it my
The last few years have seen a huge resurgence in vintage-inspired lingerie and swimwear, so what hold in the market do you think your collection will fill?
I have a distinctive taste in lingerie, the whole retro culture, I've been known
How have you seen the perception of burlesque change over the course of your career?
When I first started, my audience in the early '90s was an underground audience, a lot of fetish fans, a lot of men, men that actually remembered burles
You've been interested in this look and this time period for so long—do you ever get bored of it?
Not really. I don't go full-power glamour every day. On a normal day I wear lipstick, mascara, and face powder, my hair is in a bun. I have
What are your comfortable underwear like?
They're on that rack right there! There's such great technology now with lingerie that you can have beautiful, soft lace that feels good, as long as you've got your cotton crotch panel, you're al
When you're preforming, you have a maintain a body like an athlete.
To a degree.
Do you live rigidly to maintain that, or does it come naturally?
No. There's a lot that I work on—I exercise a lot, I do a lot
What's the unsexiest quality a woman can have?
Judging others' beauty.
And the sexiest?
Confidence with a dash of humility.
What's your favorite scent on a man?
I'm the girl that hides her boyfriend's deodorant—I like a real man smell.
If you're going to go the garter route, Dita von Teese isn't a bad gal to trust—the burlesque superstar has decades of experience in (and out) of retro undergarments. Her self-titled lingerie line is available through Bloomingdale's as of this week, the first US retailer to stock the collection of vintage-inspired intimates. (If you're in New York you can meet her Thursday at the department store's 59th Street flagship.)
We sat down with the petite von Teese—born Heather Sweet—at New York's Bowery Hotel to chat about the line, and wound up learning about her vintage lingerie archive, that time she dressed "normal" (and felt ignored), and her morning smoothie ritual. After the jump, check out the interview along with images from the super sexy collection.