Dita von Teese with Melanie Greensmith and Mark McEntee. Picture: Robert Duncan The West Australian
The West Australian: Dita Von Teese shimmies into WA
by Ross McRae
September 17, 2015
International burlesque queen Dita Von Teese has arrived in Perth to star in Melanie Greensmith’s biggest fashion extravaganza yet.
Von Teese will make her Australian runway debut when she headlines Wheels and Dollbaby’s sold out Telstra Perth Fashion Festival show at Ascot on Sunday.
The 42-year-old touched down in Perth on Tuesday and was reunited with the Wheels and Dollbaby founder and her partner, rocker partner Mark McEntee, at their stately Casuarina home, aptly named The Manor, yesterday.
“I was really excited to be here in her home and see her horses,” Von Teese explained toThe West Australian yesterday.
“So that is actually the number one thing I wanted to do while I am here is to spend time here and be with her.”
Greensmith and Von Teese first met over a decade ago when the designer spotted the style icon at Los Angeles’ famed Chateau Marmont.
The pair struck up a friendship and working relationship, with Von Teese becoming the face of Wheels and Dollbaby in 2006 before they collaborated on a range of vintage-inspired knit cardigans.
The Dita cardigan has become a hot commodity amongst the Wheels and Von Teese faithful, with it being re-released over the years in varying colours such as the latest limited edition Rouge Noir Dita Cardigan, released to commemorate the forthcoming fashion show.
Like the cardigan, which often resells on eBay for up to four times its retail price, tickets to Sunday night’s show are so in-demand it is rumoured they could have sold out the Ascot venue six times over.
“I am excited to be part of a show where I love the style of the clothes, it is a like a modern pin-up. And it is a totally different show to anything else I have ever been in before,” Von Teese said.
But those unluckily enough to attend will be able to buy a priceless memento of the show, with Greensmith auctioning the one-off custom finale outfit Von Teese will wear for her charity, Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park.
“I have made Dita something special, a one-off which I am actually donating to my dogs’ charity afterwards to auction off. It is pretty spectacular but I can’t say much more at the moment,” Greensmith said.
Despite being the star of this year’s fashion festival, Von Teese will not need a team of professionals to get runway ready.
“Occasionally I enlist a glam squad but what I am known for is that I created my look myself, from being a blonde girl from a farming town in Michigan and creating my entire character/ persona,” she explained.
“And of course I love hair and make-up people, but I love being able to fly to Australia and do it all myself.
“It is empowering not having to enlist a group of people having to get me ready for a show or a photo shoot.”