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Dita Von Teese will be join­ing the cast of de­signer Jean Paul Gaultier's “Fash­ion Freak Show,” WWD has learned.

The bur­lesque star, who al­ready makes a video ap­pear­ance in the fash­ion de­signer's show at the Folies Bergère cabaret in

Paris, will be grac­ing the cabaret's stage dur­ing a week­long res­i­dency from Jan. 22 to 27 for seven per­for­mances.

“Dita Von Teese is the most Parisian of all Amer­i­cans,” Gaultier told WWD. “I have ev­ery ad­mi­ra­tion for her as she has raised bur­lesque to the rank of a chic, glam­orous and pop­u­lar art. It is an honor to wel­come her to the ‘Fash­ion Freak Show.'”

It's not the first time Von Teese has teamed with the cou­turier. The artist, a friend of Gaultier's, pre­vi­ously walked in some of the de­signer's cou­ture shows.

“It's an ab­so­lute dream to be a part of Jean Paul Gaultier's show at the Folies Bergère,” said Von Teese in a state­ment. “Mr. Gaultier has al­ways cel­e­brated diver­sity on his run­ways in a gen­uine and authen­tic way. His cel­e­bra­tory show cap­tures the essence of who he is as a cre­ator of dis­tinc­tive and rare beauty.”

The all-singing, all-danc­ing, cos­tume-filled show at the Folies Bergère opened last Septem­ber and tells the story of the cou­turier's life. Ini­tially set to end on March 10, the cabaret now will run un­til April 21.

Other no­table guest stars are Anna Cleve­land, daugh­ter of Pat Cleve­land, part of the orig­i­nal Gaultier posse, who takes a turn as a top­less, shim­my­ing Josephine Baker in a banana tutu and fish­nets, as well as Cather­ine Deneuve, Farida Khelfa and Beth Ditto, who all ap­pear in video cameos pro­jected on stage.

— FLEUR BURLET

The cover of “Dap­per Dan’s Har­lem.”

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