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Dita Von Teese, FETISH, no. 12, 2000, Hawk International Publications, Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

What I love about Dita Von Teese as a model is her ability and interest to reference the past—particularly American cultural history as it relates to the sexploitation/fetish era, which means both burlesque and what was then, in the 1950s, labeled as “bizarre,” now simply called fetish. 

Marquis, No. 18, Dita Von Teese, , Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

Most often she’s still referred to as a burlesque performer because the term “burlesque” in post-porn America has taken on a soft, even sweet, connotation; while “fetish”— still being associated with some form of mental illness, possibly Devil worship, in the minds of some—summons all sorts of mass market disapproval. 

Dita Von Teese in corset, nicely laced. , Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

 

But for anyone familiar with the history of sexploitation/fetish artifacts, it’s obvious to see where her real talent lies.

REFLECTIONS, volume 17, number 1, 1994, , Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

Make no mistake, Dita IS a fetishist: take note of her waistline, which should make clear that she indulges in some form of body modification as might be suggested in the book, MODERN PRIMITIVES, a landmark noted for igniting the ink and piercing subculture of the 1990s, which has long since broken into the mainstream.

Hustler’s TABOO, Vol. 1, No. 4, October 1998, , Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

Dita , PLAYBOY, 2002, , Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

Heather Renee Sweet aka Dita Von Teese, , Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

As most people know, Dita (aka Heather Renee Sweet) studied set and costume design in college and began her career by referencing the founding fetish queen: Bettie Page.

Dita Von Teese channeling Bettie Page, , Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com

Like Bettie, Dita had to earn a living, so she did cheesecake work, often sporting a retro hairdo for mainstream photo shoots. But, like Bettie’s “Dark Angel” incarnation, it’s the more mysterious, vaguely European influenced fetish art that remains of greater interest to me—rooted, as it is, in some dark psychosexual truth, which is as natural as night is to day, the moon is to the sun and which underscores the more feral (and least understood) impulses of human sexuality.

Here’s my recently updated personal collection of Dita Von Teese sexploitation/fetish artifacts, which includes several DVDs. To see Dita perform in some early videos she did for Marquis is a real treat; she’s tranquil, charismatic and mesmerizing to watch: truly a graceful, centered and beautiful Dark Angel.

Fetish 101, Dita Von Teese, , Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez, PermanentObscurity.com 

 

© 2011 Richard Perez

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