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InStyle interviews Dita Von Teese
InStyle interviews Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese has landed! The burlesque beauty is on Australian shores to promote her Von Follies lingerie range for Target, at L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival. She revealed to InStyle her love of undergarments, her thoughts on Australian style and the most precious pieces in her wardrobe...

The Von Follies range is inspired by the 'pin-up girl'. What do you think makes 'pin-up' lingerie so feminine?
The '40s and '50s were eras when curves were very chic; lingerie then was made to enhance and exaggerate the feminine form. The designs of that time were beautifully constructed - I took inspiration from my vintage lingerie pieces, but also modified things to make them more wearable for a modern woman.

You said that this collection is inspired by your own vintage wardrobe. What are the favourite vintage pieces you own?
My 1954 Dior New Look era haute couture suit. It has the red serial numbers and season stamped on the Dior label that proves it is authentic. And it even has a garter belt attached to the blouse to help keep it taut! It's amazing; a perfect example of how Mr. Dior changed the silhouette in the '50s. I also have a wardrobe of vintage loungewear from the '30s and '40s, and I would love to be able to expand the Von Follies range to bring some of these fabulous pyjamas and elegant loungewear back in fashion. Another favourite of mine is a corset that was worn by Betty Grable in a film, it has the movie studio's stamp on it, along with her name and the scene number.

The range is very reasonably priced. How important was it to make the pieces affordable for Australian consumers?
Very. I loved the challenge of proving that you can have beautiful, functional and sexy lingerie to wear every day, not just for special occasions. I wanted it to be accessible to as many women as possible, so we did our best to make a wide size range too.

You've been to Australia a number of times now – what do you think defines our style?
Mostly, I always notice how warm everyone is! I would say overall that women here are very feminine and romantic in their dressing style.

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese is available exclusively at Target stores nationally and online at shop.target.com.au, priced from $19.

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