Dita Von Teese--what a patriot! In a recent interview with The Frisky, the burlesque star said that the best vintage to be found is not in England, not in France, but in the good ol' U.S. of A.
America's a big country and there were a lot of really great knockoffs of great designers and, like, Betty Grable had her own line of clothes with different big department stores and so on. By far, the bulk of my best vintage collection is obtained in America, especially from 20 years ago when I started collecting. Even all the haute couture I've got, like Christian Dior, numbered book pieces, I've got them all in America! I've never gotten anything extravagant in another country, I have to say.
Von Teese said she has no idea how many pairs of shoes or corsets she owns, but that she has a nice collection of clothes:
I wouldn't want to trade it with anyone. Except maybe Madonna -- I bet she has a really great closet.
So what's Von Teese's secret for keeping her red lipstick perfect?
Well, there's not really a trick. You either wear a very matte lipstick that's very dry and doesn't bleed, like MAC Ruby Roo or Russian Red, or you wear something that's shiny and you look at it every, like, half hour to make sure it's OK. There's not really a secret. There's no trick! It's like matte equals non-bleeding; shiny plus moisturizing equals bleeding