Publication: Town & Country
Date: December 2019 / January 2020
BY ERIK MAZA
Marlene Dietrich was once asked by an interviewer about her style. She was in her late fifties at the time, entering her emeritus years but still revered as one of the last greats from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her Teutonic sense of humor, needless to say, remained intact. “I dress for the image,” she declared. “Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion.” And, she stated definitively, “not for men.” Dietrich was speaking as a movie star who had long ago made peace with the professional burden of always having to look the part. She was also acutely aware of her own agency in the act of dressing up….
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