Catherine D’Lish teaching in PDX, Rayleen previews ‘Strip Strip Hooray!’ for the Merc, and…a bevy of butlers.

Loads of hot news flying with wild abandon off the presses in our sister city of Portland today…

First off, longtime BSP contributor and kindred spirit Rayleen Courtney has also recently chatted with Dita Von Teese.  Her preview of Strip Strip Hooray! was published today in the Portland Mercury. Here’s my favorite quote:

Preserving burlesque’s bountiful history is of great importance to Von Teese. She willfully takes on the task of defending what she feels is the attempted sanitization of burlesque by the mainstream media, stating that she finds “something very powerful and interesting in the confusion of elements—sensuality, elegance, playfulness, vulgarity, high fashion, sex, humor. I enjoy the challenge of making something taboo something chic.”

Click HERE to read the full preview.  Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray! visits the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Sun May 27 & Mon May 28, 7 pm, $35-60 , get tickets HERE.

Also in PDX (with a special helping hand from SinnSavvy Productions):

“Catherine D’Lish is on her way through Portland in the cast of Dita Von Teese’s Strip Strip Hooray! tour, and will be spending two evenings tantalizing from the stage at the Aladdin Theater. But for a small group of lucky burlesquers, she will also be leading a day workshop– encompassing facets both of movement AND costuming! If you’ve ever marveled at Catherine’s hypnotic onstage fluidity, or drooled over the incomparable costumes she has created for herself and for Dita Von Teese, do not miss this opportunity to learn from her right here in Portland!”

Registration is limited to fifteen students– so do not delay in reserving your spot. Do so by sending an e-mail to

Monday, May 28 2012 / 11:00am until 12:30pm

Catherine D’Lish (Photo by POC)

Finally, though far from Portland- at Liberty London, in fact- this is the crème de la crème of photos taken earlier this month at the launch of Dita’s perfume at the Great Marlborough Street department store:

Dita and a bevy of handsome attendants at her perfume launch at Liberty, London, May 1, 2012 (Photo by James McCauley)

The launch and celebratory dinner were dressed to the nines by Fiona Leahy Design.  Why yes, those are carefully chosen vintage compacts and cigarette cases as placeholders and favors on the table.  Please visit Fiona Leahy’s blog for more exquisitely detailed photos from the celebration:

Fiona Leahy Design (

It *is* Dita Von Teese week here at BSP, after all.

~ by angrytruffle on 05/24/2012.

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