Tickets on sale for ‘Monte Carlo Goes Burlesque’ benefit for Museum of Contemporary Art

The queen of burlesque, Dita Von Teese, will perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) 35th annual gala, “Monte Carlo Goes Burlesque,” on Sept. 10. Proceeds from the gala support MCASD’s education programs and exhibitions. Co-chairs are Valerie Cooper and David C. Copley.

According to organizers: “Dita will mesmerize Monte Carlo guests with a scintillating performance that is quintessentially Dita. With the museum’s boudoir-inspired transformation as the backdrop, guests will enjoy a cocktail party featuring signature burlesque-themed concoctions followed by an elegant dinner in the dazzling, open-air dining room overlooking the coast.”

Born Heather Sweet in West Branch, Mich., Dita said she grew up fascinated by the Golden Age of Cinema, pin-up imagery, and vintage lingerie, and so transformed herself into a glamour girl. Performing burlesque since 1992, she is renowned for ornate sets and haute-couture costumes adorned with thousands of Swarovski crystals. She is working on her third book; her first was “Burlesque and the Art of the Teese,” the second, “Dita Stripteese,” a box set of three, retro-styled flip-books shot by Sheryl Nields. An advocate in the fight against HIV and AIDS, Dita was a MAC Viva Glam Spokesperson from 2006-2008 and in 2009, she participated in the H&M/Fashion Against Aids campaign. Photo Danielle Bedics

After dinner, the gala will continue late into the night at the After Party featuring DJs, dancing in the Boom Boom Room, gaming, and another late-night performance by Dita.

Von Teese has been the “performer of choice” at a variety of events for high profile figures and design houses, such as Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Chopard, and Cartier. She was the first guest star in history at Paris’ Famed Crazy Horse, where she performed sold-out runs. She is a modern day style icon who has topped best-dressed lists all over the world, and is credited for bringing back the glamour and allure of Old Hollywood.

Tickets and tables are available at three levels: Stiletto: $650 per person and $6,500 for a table of 10. Feathers and Frills: (preferred seating and wine) $1,250 per person or $12,500 for a table of 10. All that Glitters: (tableside champagne and other benefits) $2,500 per person. All that Glitters tables are available at $25,000 for a table of 10, or $30,000 for a table of 12, and include additional personal concierge service throughout the night.

RSVP at or contact Cynthia Tuomi at or (858) 454-3541, ext. 118.

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