Saree is a very sensual dress: Dita Von Teese

Last Updated 21 November 2012, 11:29 IST

Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, on her maiden trip to India, says she has fallen in love with the saree and is learning to drape the six-yard wonder.

"I went shopping for sarees and I am very excited about trying them. I am learning to drape them and have been watching how it is done. I think I kind of understand how it is done," Von Teese told PTI.

The glamorous beauty, who looks like an incarnation of a Hollywood star of the 1930s and 40s with her scarlet lips and perfectly coiffed raven hair, hopes to reference Indian fashion in her performances also in future.

"I have not referenced India in my performances but I would like to. But it is difficult when people don't understand it in the right way," she said.

Burlesque is an elaborate and glamorous performance involving stripping. Von Teese, a trained costume designer who often designs her photoshoots herself, finds the traditional Indian saree sensual as well.

"I feel it is very relative (to burlesque) because the way it comes off is very exciting, very sensual," she said.

The glamorous star took out some time from her whirlwind trip to the country to visit the Taj Mahal, try the local food and shop.

"I had lot of Indian food. I don't get to eat it often but I love it. I did not see much because I had just one day outside the hotel but I went to see Taj Mahal and that met my expectations, which were very high."

The 40-year-old beauty, in India as the global brand ambassador for Cointreau, wore a black Shivan and Narresh lace saree at the 'Be Cointreauversial' party last night here. She regrets not performing in India.

(Published 21 November 2012, 11:29 IST)

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