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Friday, November 16, 2007

Frederick's of Hollywood catalog features Dita Von Teese

Even your basic run of the mill Frederick's of Hollywood catalog tends to be pretty attention-getting. But this holiday season, the iconic intimate apparel marketer is really pulling out the stops.

For the first time in its 60-year history, a Frederick's catalog cover features a celebrity: "burlesque bombshell" Dita Von Teese. The cover, the centerpiece of a multimedia "Pin-Up Parade" holiday campaign, is also Von Teese's first collaboration with an American lingerie purveyor.

The celeb angle, and "the undeniable consumer appeal" of Von Teese, "can only have a positive effect on our holiday season," Frederick's senior vice president of brand and direct marketing Yolanda Dunbar comments to Marketing Daily.

The company will distribute more than four million catalogs for the campaign, a 20% increase over last year's holiday catalog. Tracy Rhyan, Frederick's director of multichannel marketing, adds that the company expects the catalog to become a collector's item.

The first wave of catalogs hit homes last week. The second wave will be delivered during the week of Nov. 26.

The Pin-Up campaign also includes efforts such as a "12 Days of Dita" showcase on the Frederick's Web site (frederick', wherein a new selection of "Dita's sexiest picks" (modeled by Dita, of course) is posted each day to encourage multiple visits to the site. The vintage glam-themed collection was inspired by Frederick's own line of lingerie from the 1940s.

Von Teese, sometimes described as an "internationally known fetish supermodel," was trained as a ballerina, began her stripping career at age 19 in a club in her hometown of Rochester, Mich., and quickly moved on to become a burlesque star. Featured in Playboy 17 times to date, she further heightened her profile by marrying shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. (They divorced in 2006.)

A stellar holiday sales showing would set the stage for a New Year that's already destined to be a milestone one for Frederick's: Its merger with intimate apparel designer/manufacturer Movie Star, Inc. is expected to close in second-quarter '08.

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