I’ve been waiting for the Dita book for YEARS and despite the impression my use of capslock gives, I AM NOT EXAGGERATING. You’ll have to excuse the caps in this post – I’m just SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK. Many moons ago I read in an interview that Dita was writing a beauty manual and since then my life has been on hold. Ok, I may have done a small amount of other stuff, but only in between extended sessions of daydreaming about Le Book.
It was meant to be a Christmas present but I’m spoiled and persuasive so I opened it early. Since then I have mostly been lounging around in my Von Follies nightwear, scouring every page to soak up all the glamorous secrets of the most glamorous lady going.
Key points about this book:
This is a seriously heavyweight tome, bigger than most religious books and in many ways my new bible. This book will not fit in your handbag. You will need a butler or devoted admirer to carry it.
It’s taken Dita so long to compile because it’s soooooooo detailed. Her Sexcellency goes into every aspect of vintage beauty in great depth. She has experts chiming in with their words of wisdom too, leaving no stone or mascara wand unturned. There’s even a stretch-by-stretch guide to her exercise regime.
Stunningly, gorgeously, burlesquely beautiful. Lavish photos of Dita in all her showgirl finery adorn the pages, alongside picture tutorials starring our beloved leading lady in which we can witness her apply her make-up and study the way she holds her lip brush for clues.
Dita might be a huge star but she still does all her own make-up and hair. Like many of us, she delights in the process of getting ready and transforming herself into this living work of art. The Dita book is written with love and masses of know-how. It’s full of tips you can transfer to your own beauty routine.
There are detailed essays on topics such as the merits of artificial beauty versus natural beauty, Dita’s own difficulties with skincare, her feelings about plastic surgery, her experience of creating her signature perfume line, her intense love of red lipstick, even her thoughts on plucking stray nipple hairs – it’s all here, making the book feel very intimate. Relaxing with this tome is like enjoying a gloriously long and chatty lunch with an exceptionally stylish friend. Since reading this book, I feel like I have more of a sense of who Dita really is and I’m now more of a fan than ever.
My Final Thoughts On The Dita Book
If you didn’t get it for Christmas, then for god’s sake get it for yourself now. It’s an absolute treat – full of wisdom, warmth and stunning pictures of the ultimate stunner. Bravo Dita! Now please write a similar book about fashion.