Packing With Dita Von Teese


From a Louis Vuitton hatbox—a gift from Marc Jacobs—to her personal line of stockings, the burlesque icon shares her travel essentials.

Photographed: Paolo Roversi

“I use all Globe-Trotter suitcases; they look chic and classic. Most of my burlesque costumes travel in Globe-Trotter cases that are color-matched to each outfit.” —Dita Von Teese

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“Marc Jacobs sent me this Louis Vuitton hatbox when I was performing at Vuitton parties in Paris and Las Vegas. Dancing for the brand was practically a full-time job!” —Dita Von Teese

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“This diary is from [Smythson](– diary-with-slide-closure-ruby-viana-collection.html)—I get all my journals and datebooks there. I like to write about my travels, and I find it very useful to look back on what I wrote to see where I was both geographically and emotionally. I always keep it in a locked safe, because, as Mae West said, ‘Keep a diary, and someday it may keep you!'” —Dita Von Teese

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“[Story of the Eye]( sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321563539&sr=8-1) is one of my favorite books ever; it’s a surrealist erotic novel by Georges Bataille. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but when you understand the author and the meanings behind his writing, it’s much more than erotica. This is a treasured first edition that was given to me long ago by someone special.” —Dita Von Teese

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“I write a lot of thank-you notes—and love letters when I have someone special in my life. I adore very fine papers, which I have custom made for me, and I write with my Montblanc fountain pen, which has burgundy rose-scented ink.” —Dita Von Teese

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“Sunglasses are vital to traveling glamorously! With a great pair and a swipe of red lipstick, I can quickly and easily look polished.” —Dita Von Teese

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“I wear opera-length leather gloves with just about everything—I love fetishistic elegance.” —Dita Von Teese

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“These seamed stockings are from my own signature brand, made to the exacting standards of vintage nylons. These are exactly the kind of stockings Bettie Page and any glamour girl of the forties and fifties would have worn, and they are made on the same vintage machines.” —Dita Von Teese

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“It’s perfectly acceptable to touch up your makeup at the dinner table if you have a gorgeous powder compact. This one is from the forties and has different fashions of the era pictured on it. It’s quite a large compact—the size of the puff always gets comments!” —Dita Von Teese

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“This is the travel size of my new perfume. It’s currently on sale only in Europe but will be in U.S. stores next year. The fragrance is a very voluptuous floral with a mysterious dry down of smoky wood.” —Dita Von Teese

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“I always have at least three red lipsticks in my handbag—usually a bright red, a cherry red, and a deep ruby red. This is one of my favorites, [Dior Roulette Red]( make_up_and_cosmetics_by_christian_dior_lipstick_m/lips/lipsticks/ diorific/high-fashion-lipstick/py0027600-clipsticks.html).” —Dita Von Teese

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Von Teese gave us an exclusive peek inside of her particularly stylish valise to celebrate the launch of her new limited edition My Cointreau Travel Essentials set (above).