Olivia De Berardinis Does Dita Von Teese

7 Nov

If you were among the many lucky enough to attend the sold out strand of dates on Dita Von Tesse’s Strip Strip Hooray! tour, you understand the sheer deliciousness of her final act, The Opium Den.  The act debuts with a beautiful Asian inspired instrumental version of The Cure’s “Lullaby.” Dita emerges from a lush set in one of the most sensual acts she has ever done.  If you haven’t seen it, here is a 30 second preview to give you an idea of the lush act:

The modern Pinup Art Queen, if you don’t already know her, is Olivia De Berardinis.  Olivia is most well known for her interpretations of the notorious Bettie Page.  Her work has been featured in Playboy magazine, books, calendars, album covers, you name it.  One of her favorite muses is the incomparable Burlesque queen, Miss Dita Von Teese.  Dita is instrumental in the modern revival of the art of Burlesque and nobody does it quite like her.

Dance of the Opium Den

Olivia recently released a limited edition print inspired by Dita’s Opium Den act called “Dance of the Opium Den.”  I ordered this print almost immediately upon its release.  Having been a fan of both Dita and Olivia for quite some time, I couldn’t wait for my chance to own a permanent reminder of Dita’s beautiful act.  I ordered the smallest size print (9×12) on weekly special for $80 (regularly $100).

As beautiful as this print looked online, I can tell you that it is remarkable in person.  The deep lapis blue is so rich it almost looks layered and the gold and orange on the dragon fan almost glows.  It has a very surreal quality to it, much like the act itself. Each print is hand signed and numbered by Olivia.  For an additional $50 you can also have it signed by Dita herself.  Had finances allowed, I would have definitely gone for this option! The print has a hand deckled edge adding to the beauty and unique quality of it.  Olivia has created a series of paintings based on the various acts from Strip Strip Hooray!  I look forward to collecting more in the future.

If you’d like to own a beautiful Olivia & Dita collaboration on a shoestring budget, there is a limited number of tour posters available hand signed by Dita for $40.  These are not the same high quality art prints as Olivia’s limited editions, but it still looks pretty great in a frame.  The posters were only available on the West Coast Tour for $10.  I bought mine unsigned at the show because there wasn’t a signed option.  I am so torn on buying another one because I already have one and it’s not like I actually met Dita, but man I want this one!  Is it wrong to buy two? You can find the signed ones here.


3 Responses to “Olivia De Berardinis Does Dita Von Teese”

  1. Alex November 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    I love Dita Von Teese and am so envious of you for seeing her show, I really hope she can do some shows in the UK at some point.
    The Opium Den art looks amazing!

    • cchakko November 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

      There are no words for the sparkly extravaganza that is Dita’s show. I do hope she comes out to the UK so you have a chance to see her!

  2. Stevovo Jackson November 11, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I would love to be there, checkout my blog at

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