Von Teese got her stage name by adopting the name Dita as a tribute to silent film actress Dita Parlo.For her breakthrough December 2002 Playboy cover, she was required to have a surname, so she chose Von Treese from the phonebook.
She starred in the feature film Saint Francis in 2007.
the video for "Zip Gun Bop" by swing band Royal Crown Revue, Agent Provocateur's video for their cover of Joy Division's "She's Lost Control," and (performing her martini-glass burlesque routine) the video for "Mobscene" by Marilyn Manson.
In college, Von Teese studied historic costuming and aspired to work as a stylist for films.
She is a trained costume designer, often designing (and copyrighting) her photo shoots herself.
In the magazine, this was misspelled as Von Teese, which she decided to stick with.
Von Teese achieved some level of recognition in the fetish world as a tightlacer.Jean Paul has a lot of the same obsessions that I do, like corsetry, ballet-peach satin and silks, black silk velvet, bullet bras and girdles.When I was a teenager, I would look for 1930s peach satin lingerie pieces to try to get his look for less, because there was no way I could afford his things back then.Through the wearing of a corset for many years, she had reduced her waistline to 22 inches (56 cm), and can be laced down as far as 16.5 inches (42 cm).In her own words, she "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, elaborate dance shows with props and characters, often inspired by 1930s and 1940s musicals and films.The act placed 20th out of 25 participants in the final round of the contest.