Dita Von Teese – The Art of the Teese

This week I’ve been deciding what to wear to a Burlesque show! There was much excitement and anticipation as Mr P and I went on a visit to see the one and only Dita Von Teese – The Art of the Teese at the Manchester O2 Apollo.

Having booked the tickets as soon as I could, I’ve been thinking what to wear. What would be an outfit worthy of seeing the most glamourous burlesque performer in the world? This would mean a new dress, shoes, hosiery and hair accessories.

What to wear to a Burlesque Show?

Now, you’d think it would be easy with owning a vintage reproduction dress shop, that has some pretty glamorous dresses in it. One dress we have in stock at the minute is the Trixie Velvet sparkle Collectif dress. This dress comes in either a swing or wiggle dress. As I stock it from size 10 to 22 I knew that I would be good to go. This dress literally lights up when its on – the sparkle from the silver stars is incredible. A great dress for the up- coming Christmas events you’ve got in your diary, or even a really glam dress to wear on Christmas Day. Brilliantly Priced at £58.00 for the swing doll dress, and the pencil dress is £45.00. they wont break the bank either for the glam look.

blue velvet dress silver starsblue velvet dress, silver stars

I, however, decided to go a little bit of peste. As those of you who know me, know that I love a Los Angeles brand called Vixen by Micheline Pitt. I have purchased her dresses in the past because she makes beautiful dresses in all sizes, not just small to large, she goes to 4XL which is about our size 22.

The dress I eventually wore was “Vanity Fair in Spider web”. This dress certainly made me feel sexy due to the plunging neckline which shows a glimmer of red bra underneath (oh err Mrs). Its just such a beautiful dress and so well made. I will be bringing more exciting news about Vixen clothing in Miss Samantha’s Vintage in the coming months. We have similar shaped dresses in stock at Miss Samantha’s, you could try the Collectif Regina dresses, which are a classic style.

Collectif Regina swing dress in blue

Regina dress

What about accessories

My hosiery (much to Mr P’s happiness) was a pair of seamed stockings by What Katie Did – I plumed for the champagne stocking with a claret seam, they matched my dress perfectly! I wore the medium to large stockings with a suspender belt that has six clasps on it. These suspender belts are so much comfortable and don’t ride down your waist. Plus, your stocking stays in place with the three clasps.

An image af a curvy lady wearing seamed stickings and suspender belt

Stockings by What Katie Did

My shoes were of course Irregular Choice! I wore my very comfortable Razzle Dazzle shoes, they have a hint of sparkle on them and go with practically everything I own. The heel is a mid-height but I still felt like I was wearing heels.

An image of a sparkle pair of black heeled pumps

Irregular Choice Razzle Dazzle Shoes

Hair wise – I wore my hair down, with a beautiful raspberry Orchid comb in it. The comb was made by a very  talented Sheffield milliner called Sophie who owns Imogen’s Imagination. I think I’ve got nearly every colour that Sophie has ever made in these combs – they are so well made and when you wear them they stay put. Which can’t always be said for some of the flowers I bought for my hair.

What a beautiful Audience

Once we arrived at the Apollo I must admit I have NEVER seen such a well dress and glamorous audience. Everyone had made the effort to welcome Dita and her entourage to a cold Manchester night. I spotted lots of stunning, gorgeous outfits, whether they be true vintage or reproduction vintage. My stand out dress of the evening though was a lady wearing a Vivien of Holloway dress and bolero. I nearly broke my neck to speak to her and the dress was as beautiful as I imagined it would be.

What an amazing show

Well, what can I say about the show! It was stunning, Dita was a glimmering star in her beautiful outfits, when she first appeared on the stage, she literally made it glow with the glimmer of the Swarovski crystals. Everyone just held their breath watching her, Dita was so graceful and the way she moved was mesmerizing. She had us all in the palm of her hand, like a goddess.

When she ended up frolicking in the crystal champagne glass everyone was enjoying as much as she was. The “bubbles” in the flute we’d been reliably informed by the brilliantly funny compare was “Crystal champagne” who am I to disagree?

I don’t know what you think of when you hear the word “Burlesque”? But I have to tell you that the show that I saw on Monday, was nothing like an other burlesque show I’ve seen. It was sensual, sexy, but enlightening too. Dita and her fellow performers showed us all that it’s still ok to dress, feel
and be sexy and feel powerful whist doing it. As a rule, I’m a real prude when it comes to “s.e.x.” but I just love to watch burlesque and I’m not embarrassed by anyone knowing it either!

One final point – I would like to say that any lady who can do a performance on point all way through deserves everyone’s respect……