Dita Von Teese made her debut in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show during Paris Couture Week.
It was reported earlier this month (Jan19) that the burlesque star would be joining the designer’s sexy musical retrospective, and the night before she took to the runway for Gaultier’s couture show, Dita wowed the crowd at the famous Folies Bergere cabaret hall in the French capital.
“I’m thrilled to take part in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s stage show; the Folies Bergere theatre is rich with showbiz history,” Dita beamed to The Hollywood Reporter. “Josephine Baker made her indelible mark on Paris with the ‘banana dance’ in this very theatre (in the ’20s), and the place still feels mythic, with the patina that makes you feel the energy of the past, while experiencing something totally modern and new!”
Talk of what evolved to become the Fashion Freak Show began years ago, with Frenchman Gaultier opening the cabaret in October. In it, he has included nods to some of his most famous muses, including Madonna, Kylie Minogue and filmmaker Luc Besson.
“When Jean-Paul first told me about his idea a couple years ago, I knew it would be a groundbreaking, celebratory show with a playful sense of humour,” Dita recalled. “I saw the show during my last European tour of The Art of the Teese, and I was so excited and proud of him for finding such a great way to tell his story. I am privileged to join his incredible cast this week for a special engagement!”
Following her performance on Tuesday (22Jan19), Dita then walked Gaultier’s runway, marking the fourth time she’s strutted for him.