Remembering The Gender-Bending Vintage Style of Marlene Dietrich: The 1930’s

Actress Marlene Dietrich, 1937

She smoked, she drank, she sometimes dressed like a guy and romanced girls, but no one every rocked furs and jewels with more worldly allure and (‘don’t mess with me fellas, it’s not my first time at the rodeo’) authority than Marlene Dietrich. Remembering glamour when it was a weapon and s show of strength in a world gone mad on the brink of war.

If she had nothing more than her voice she could break your heart with it. But she has that beautiful body and the timeless lovliness of her face. It makes no difference how she breaks your heart if she is there to mend it.” Ernest Hemingway

She has the bearing of a man; the characters she plays love power and wear trousers. Marlene’s masculinity appeals to women and her sexuality to men.” -Kenneth Tynan

Marlene – with the unambiguous allure of the woman of yesterday and the ambiguous Marlene Dietrich at Cafe de Parischarm of the woman of today who has man not only about her but also within her.”-Hanna Schygulla


Miss Dietrich is the first female star for years with whom Paris society has fallen in love. Marlene Dietrich Modeling Famous DressMarlene Sets the ModeRETROSPECTIVE: MARLENE DIETRICHMarlene Dietrich Sitting at Pool and SmokingRETROSPECTIVE: MARLENE DIETRICHMarlene Dietrich Leans Against DoorwayApparently she is also the first woman in man’s clothing since Christina of Sweden about three hundred years ago on whom the government has again cast a watchful eye.” Janet Flanner

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