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Dita Von Teese, Host of the 2016 FEMMY Awards


We’re delighted to have the legendary burlesque dancer, costume designer, and beauty guru Dita Von Teese join us to host the Underfashion Club’s 2016 FEMMY AWARDS GALA on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City!


Dita Von Teese is frequently dubbed the “Queen of Burlesque” for driving the revival of burlesque performance since she began strip teasing in 1992. She had always been fascinated by the Golden Age of Cinema, pin-up imagery, and vintage lingerie. She grew to become the modern embodiment of Old Hollywood glamour. Dita is the performer of choice for high-profile events for influential fashion designers and she often tops best-dressed lists all over the world with her self-styled looks.

Dita has long had a fondness for lacy garments, stockings, and all things lingerie since before she even owned her first bra. She believes that every woman, no matter her style or the occasion, should feel free to indulge in the pleasures of luxe lingerie for no reason other than to celebrate being a woman. This passion inspired her to design her own collection, which debuted exclusively in the U.S. in March of 2014.


Her presence is greatly anticipated at the FEMMY Awards, where intimate apparel business professionals, students, and designers gather to celebrate this year’s talents and innovations in our industry!

FEMMY Gala 2016


The Underfashion Club’s 2016 FEMMY Awards Gala is scheduled to take place on February 2nd, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

We’re very excited to share that our special host this year will be burlesque icon and lingerie designer, Dita Von Teese!

dita-von-teese_portrait-by-ali-mahdaviDita Von Teese, burlesque icon

The annual FEMMY Awards Gala honors individuals and companies that have significantly contributed to the Intimate Apparel Industry and its growth. We will be honoring the following:

Amazon Fashion, retailer
Richard Leeds International, manufacturer
Best Pacific/New Horizon, supplier

Innovation Award
Lane Bryant/Cacique

Lifetime Achievement Award
Martin Trust
Founder, Mast Industries

President’s Award
Francesca Spinetta
Co-owner and Editorial Director, INTIMA magazines

“We are delighted to announce our 2016 honorees, who will join with us in our ongoing efforts to raise funds to promote education, innovation and growth within the Intimate Apparel Industry. The FEMMY Gala is the largest, and one of the many ways we support the next generation of talent.

The Underfashion Club provided $200,000 in scholarships, awards and internships in 2015 to design and merchandising students, and we look forward to expanding our support to other institutions in 2016.”

Victor H. Vega, President of The Underfashion Club

The Underfashion Club is also hosting its 13th Annual Student Design Contest featuring the work of Fashion Design students at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The SAIG (scholarships, awards, internships and grants,) committee has selected six talented finalists whose finished garments will be exhibited at the FEMMY Gala where attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite garment. Cash prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded, thanks to the generous support of contest sponsors: Clover Group International Ltd., Regina Miracle International Ltd. and Stretchline Holdings Ltd.

10989207_10153075812826552_1080522794864409306_n12th Annual Student Design Contest, FEMMY Gala 2015

Thank you for helping us support education today for a better industry tomorrow!

Register for The Underfashion Club’s 2016 FEMMY Gala: