Saturday, 15 June 2013

Dita Von Teese for Rockabilly Pin Up

Dita wearing a lush victory roll hairdo 
She has her own clothing line, perfume and is now involved in creating a range of retro designed homewares but it is Dita Von Teese's style that has grabbed all the headlines. Hers is an image that is instantly recognisable all over the world. The bright red pout and deep dark hair have become the model and dancer's trademark look, one that we couldn't imagine her without. The retro style is a world away from anything we imagine our grandmother wearing.

But where does her vintage style come from? Burlesque is a performance that was popular in America during the 1920's and 30's. It is a combination of glamour and fantasy with the controversial striptease too. These are set to lavish backgrounds and sets that only add to the whole effect. Burlesque came at the right time, especially as most of the world was going to war. Pin up models were a form of beauty in a world that was dealing with the atrocities of war.

It is only natural that Dita would have taken on the fashion of the time as part of her performances. But she soon made the vintage look very much her own. And audiences were to find that her costumes were very multifaceted. Along with the cute secretary look they could find Gothic and fetish influences as well the wholesome all-American girl look. Not to mention Rockabilly!

Gingham fabrics and frills are the way to go! 
She can afford to wear the most daring of outfits, especially with a body shape to die for. Rockabilly outfits are designed to be figure flattering, even more so in the case of the more curvier girls like Dita. The burlesque star was best known in the early days as a 'tight lacer', someone who shrunk their waist with the help of tightly bound corsets. This gave her some recognition on the fetish world. However Dita moved on from her days as a fetish icon. She has experimented with style in a way that no other model has done to date. Taking it further Dita bought into the vintage lifestyle buying up a fleet of classic cars to go beautifully with her choice of outfits. What is so inspiring is her real attention to detail, it's the rock solid victory rolls in her hair, the hourglass figures often completed with a series of petticoats.

Dita Von Teese looking sensational in a Rockabilly style outfit. 
How can you get the showgirl look for yourself?  It's the details that really count with Dita's look. Invest in a few key pieces such as a classical crimson red lip liner, jet black eye liner is a must. A handful of classically designed Rockabilly dresses will get you started. Heels are high with this style but you can get away with mid height also.

For a kick start to your Dita Von Teese inspired Rockabilly wardrobe take a look at Rockabilly Pinup's range of dresses and accessories.   

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