Dita Von Teese went all out Wednesday night for a Carolina Herrera-hosted party to celebrate the book “Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour,” which she wrote with Rose Apodaca for HarperCollins.

“I wanted to write the book I wish I had when I first started to emulate the icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Back then, there was no Internet or beauty tutorials, there were only vintage beauty books, so I taught myself faster, easier ways,” said Von Teese.

Among her eccentric guest list at Eric Buterbaugh Florals (the florist and perfumier has created a side business hosting book parties, it seems) were Rolf Snoeren of Viktor & Rolf; Kelly Osbourne; punk visonary Pearl Harbor; nightlife impresario Bryan Rabin; Liz Goldwyn, and Jodi Lynn O’Keefe.

The book, which was originally meant to be a 25,000-word spiral-bound how-to beauty book, morphed over nine years into a 130,000-word page tome with art from 80 photographers.

“Besides the instruction, I wanted to give inspiration to other people who don’t want to live their life in beige, who don’t want to blend, who may choose to have an alternative look and are sometimes ridiculed for being a little different,” said Von Teese. “It’s really what you choose to create and not God-given beauty. I always loved that idea that someone could turn themselves into a bird of paradise with the tools of glamour because I am a blonde from a farming town in Michigan, so without all the tricks of glamour I kind of just blend and I wanted to be somebody different.”

 

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