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Friday Fashionistas: Marlene Dietrich

Friday, January 13, 2012


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

The  Lady
Marlene Dietrich was born in Germany in 1901. As a young girl, she dreamed of becoming a professional violinist. During her early years, she took on many theater roles during the 20's but it wasn't until her 1929 role in The Blue Angel that she really got noticed and was able to get a contract with Paramount Pictures .During the time of high fashion, feminine dresses, Marlene Dietrich cultivated her own style with her sultry look and androgynous wardrobe.



Her Legacy
She was oddly beautiful, exotic, alluring and one of the highest paid actresses of her time. On screen, her costumes were very outlandish, with beading, veils, top hats and tail coats but in her real life, she often wore comfortable menswear. Dietrich was the first Hollywood actress to wear trousers in public. "Her masculinity appeals to women and her sexuality to men."said Kenneth Tynan, a film critic.  She was known for her epic bone structure, her bedroom eyes and above all, the legs! She was certainly a woman ahead of her time, scandalizing the world with her sexual comments, rumors of bisexual love affairs and that undeniable Dietrich mystique. Weather shocked or excited, no one could take their eyes off her.



Get The Look 


"Don't ever follow the latest trend, because in a short time you will look ridiculous, don't follow it blindly into every dark alley. Always remember that you are not a model or a mannequin for which the fashion is created."-Marlene Dietrich


Marlene Deitrich




12 Responses to “Friday Fashionistas: Marlene Dietrich”

  1. Love it! Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn are my two biggest style inspirations.

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  2. Awesome review. Very inspiring. I love the last quote about trends

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  3. Marlene Dietrich is so inspiring! I love her style! It's incredible how sexy a men's suit can look if it's worn by a lady!

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  4. Can you believe I have never seen any of her movies? Thats going to change this weekend-found a few on Netflix. Love her style-classy, stylish, and comfy :) Great post! xox

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  5. Marlene is fantastic!! I love her androgine look :)
    So inspiring!


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  6. oh i love her so much! think I'll attempt some sultry waves tomorrow

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  7. SIGH! I love Marlene! Great quotes and fantastic photos! She was so stunning!

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  8. Stunning photos - I love the way she kept reinventing herself, and was still entertaining in her 60s - a great inspiration to us older gals!

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  9. I adore Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn as well. Their styles inspire me so much when it comes to those days where I want to be stylish, yet comfy.

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  10. If I could look as great as that just once in my life!............

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  11. lovely pictures of the legendary Dietrich thanks for sharing! I wish i could rock a pair of trousers like she can : )

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  12. This is such an inspiringly fantastic post and look back at one of Hollywood's greatest leading ladies of all time. I've always had a lot of respect for Marlene Dietrich and adore how you've highlighted her style here.


    Oodles of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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