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Dita Gets Deep

As she’s already famous for frolicking in martini glasses, it’s no surprise that Dita Von Teese has struck up a partnership with martini glass-filler Cointreau. In town to promote the brand, the burlesque star—in Louboutins, bien sur, and a gold frock by Tiia Vanhatapio—took some time off yesterday to chat with We caught up with Von Teese at the Ritz, where we gave her our own fashion-friendly version of the Proust Questionnaire. Here’s what she had to say.

What is the worst fashion faux pas?
Trying to be of the moment.

What is your favorite film? “Cover Girl,” with Rita Hayworth.

What is your most treasured possession? My house, not the house itself, but everything I have in it and the feeling of comfort I have when I’m surrounded by my pets and the things I love.

What is your most marked characteristic? I believe in fairness and in seeing both sides.

What do you most value in your friends? That they see me for me.

What is your favorite city? Paris.

What do you like the most about your appearance? That it is created by me. When people admire me they admire me for what I have painted and styled.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? A lady should never point out her flaws.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Honesty.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Eccentricity.

Who is your hero? The burlesque performers of the thirties and forties, especially Gypsy Rose Lee, for finding ways to evolve.

What is the worst thing a woman can wear? Something highly stylized that took a long time to come up with that is supposed to look like you didn’t try at all.

What is your greatest shortcoming? My shyness.

What is your favorite food? The île flottante (floating island) dessert at Brasserie Lippe in Paris.

What are your guilty pleasures? Shopping. Spending an extravagant amount of money on something.

—Alison Baenen