Flashback Friday: Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich in Seven Sinners, 1940

I recently ran across this lovely style icon while researching designers of the 1930s for a class project and I fell in love. Her name is Marlene Dietrich. Marlene Dietrich was a famous actress in Hollywood during the 1930-40s. Marlene's style stood out from others because She often wore tuxedos off screen, and three-piece suits. She was known for her androgynous style, that still was very appealing on her. Dietrich did still wear her dresses, fur, and the expected attire for the "old Hollywood glamour" era. The actresses during that time often were clients of couturiers, and muses for designers. Marlene wore designs by Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Travis Banton, and more. 

Marlene Dietrich in Angel, Costume Design
By Travis Banton, 1937
Marlene Dietrich at The Ball for
Foreign Press.
Marlene Dietrich wearing a purple trouser suit, The Silver Screen Collection/GETTY Images, 1950

Marlene Dietrich at The Ritz, Paris, 1955
Marlene Dietrich

Something interesting I found was that she performed the first homosexual kiss in cinema history in the film morocco from 1930. She was dressed as a man for that scene. That made me think about Madonna kissing Britney Spears at the VMAs in 2003, and then Madonna wearing a top hat and suit earlier this year, giving off a Dietrich look. Not bad at all Madonna.

Madonna at the Premiere of MDNA, in Paris, 2013, by Pablo Frisk

"I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men." - Marlene Dietrich

* Images From The Internet, Attempted To Find The Most Information I Could.