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Exclusive: 'Mistress of the Night' Dita Von Teese Reveals Her Recurring Dreams and Tricks for Falling Asleep

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No, you're not dreaming! International Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese is taking her seductive nighttime act on the road. Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe tour, in partnership with luxury vodka Absolut Elyx, will feature stunning new acts by Ms. Teese and friends in over 20 cities across the U.S. throughout May and June. Sporting lingerie sewn with thousands of hand-placed Swarovski crystals and pearls, her shows will include an alluring new striptease soundtrack, with new songs created exclusively for Dita including burlesque tribute songs inspired by George Michael, Amy Winehouse and Prince.

We caught up with the burlesque icon to learn about her nightly beauty secrets, her dreams, and of course, her savviest sleep tricks.


Q. What is the main creative inspiration behind your new tour?

I was very inspired to create new acts after my last tours, and I teamed up with Absolut Elyx because I LOVE their glimmering copper imagery. They’re such an elegant brand, so it was a lot of fun to play with their whimsical style in conceptualizing new acts for the show. My support cast is bringing new acts to show as well, so it’s really an all-new show.


Q. Do you believe in beauty rest? How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

I certainly do believe in beauty rest; I feel best with 7-9 hours of sleep. I don’t always get it because I have a precise body clock, so if I stay up too late or if I have jet lag, I just can’t sleep.  


Good morning from the glamorous @absolutelyx house in Hollywood! 🌴🍸 I’ve teamed up with @absolutelyx to bring a brand new show out on the road for one final US tour before we take a two year break to focus on tours in Europe and other parts of the world. Don’t miss these final dates, with all-new acts and sparkling new costumes by @jennypackham @catherinedlish @louboutinworld, @darkgardencorsetry and @houseofcanney, all inspired by the gorgeous glimmering copper style of @absolutelyx Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe features the crème de la crème of modern #burlesque including @dirtymartininyc @zeliarose @gingerleevalentine @jettadore @_alekpalinski @elio__martinez plus debut bombshell @giagenevieve and our hilarious host @jonnymcgovernisyourdaddy. Our new show opens in Miami April 25th, then goes on to Atlanta, Raleigh, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Milwaukee, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Houston, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Riverside, Anaheim, Las Vegas. Direct ticket links can be found at and in my story 💋 #ditascoppercoupe #coppermakesitbetter #stripstriphooray #artoftheteese #ditavonteese #dita #hautecouture #hautestrip #glamour #burlesqueshow #absolutelyx #swarovski #louboutin #coppershowstopper

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Q. What's your must-have nighttime beauty product?

I love Retrouve eye cream and a rich, Eminence skin cream like their Calendula or Coconut cream.


Q. Do you have a skincare and beauty idol or mentor?

My mother and grandmother have great skin, so I think I'm fortunate. 


Q. Do you now or have you ever had trouble sleeping? If so, what was the problem and how did you fix it?

Yes, I have always had trouble because my body likes to sleep and wake the same time every day. I have to say, living in California has its benefits. I stopped taking all prescription sleep and anxiety medications about three years ago, the day I discovered medical marijuana. What a shame it’s not available to more people that it can help. I've never been a recreational marijuana user, so it was a surprise to me that it could help so much with things like sleep, nausea, stress, and PMS. I’m sure the big pharmaceutical companies don’t want everyone to discover the benefits of alternative medicine. 


Q. Describe your ideal sleep scenario.

Blackout curtains, in my own bed, temperature set to 69, with my cat purring gently under my arm or by my head. If I'm going for fantasy, I would say I’d like to be in a castle, or maybe a log cabin, in a big lofty bed, with a fire burning in the fireplace in the bedroom. 



Q. What is your favorite brand of lingerie?

My line Dita Von Teese Lingerie available online or in stores at Nordstrom & Bloomingdales (Nordstrom , Bloomingdales).


Q. How do your sexy burlesque costumes on-stage differ from what you personally wear to bed?

My costumes are smothered in Swarovski crystal and weigh up to 70 pounds … so they are MUCH different than what I would wear to bed. I like a wisp of a nightgown. My favorites are my vintage slips and nightgowns.




 Q. What is your most memorable dream, or do you have a recurring dream?

Ugh, I have terrible dreams of doors and windows being unlocked and feeling unsafe. I’ve heard this is probably my fear of boundaries being crossed in my life.


Q. How do you wind down after a successful night's show and fall asleep? Any tips or tricks?

I have to eat something and take a hot shower to wash away all the body makeup. I unplug the phones in the hotel and make sure the curtains are closed tight. I'm a very light sleeper, and once I'm awake, I’m awake for good.


Go to Ticketmaster to book tickets to see Dita's show in a city near you!