Monday, April 2, 2007

Dita Von Teese Down Unda

M.A.C, the official cosmetics sponsor of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, announced that Dita Von Teese (who is soon to be divorced from shockrocker Marilyn Manson) will attend the city’s week-long festivities as part of her Lipteese world tour—her eighth stop as part of efforts to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention. On April 28, the queen of burlesque and M.A.C Viva Glam spokeswoman will begin her visit with a check presentation of $100,000 to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, followed by an autograph signing for customers at Myer Sydney, City. To kick off Fashion Week, Von Teese will perform her Lipteese burlesque show at an invitation-only event at Foundation Hall in the Museum of Contemporary Art. The show, a take on the early 20th-century striptease, features Von Teese along with a nine-foot mechanical VIVA Glam lipstick prop. Throughout the week, the fashion icon and author will also attend a select number of fashion shows as a guest fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Von Teese’s Fashion Week report and 10-page photo spread, shot by Georges Antoni, will appear in the June/July issue.

“Through my Lipteese tour, I’m combining two of my passions: burlesque performance coupled with a commitment to spreading the word about the importance of HIV prevention,” said Von Teese. “I’m thrilled my work with M.A.C Cosmetics and The M.A.C AIDS Fund allows me to come to Australia to raise awareness in a provocative, attention-getting way.”

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