Fashion history, style icon

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


Marlene Dietrich (December 27 1901–May 6 1992) was a German-born American actress, singer and entertainer. She is considered to be the first of the two great reason why we women can wear a suit without being stigmatized as a … well a slut.
Dietrich managed to remain popular by continually re-inventing herself throughout her long career. During the 1920s she began her work as a cabaret singer, chorus girl and film actress in Berlin. In the 1930s, she became a Hollywood actress, a World War II frontline entertainer, and then an international stage show performer from the 1950s to the 1970s. By the end of her career she had become an entertainment icon of the 20th century. Her work has been and will been highly recognized, as an example in 1999 the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of all time.
Dietrich was a fashion icon to the top designers as well as a screen icon that later stars would follow. She once said, “I dress for myself. Not for the image, not for the public, not for the fashion, not for men.” Her public image and some of her movies included strong sexual undertones, including bisexuality.
A significant volume of academic literature, especially since 1975, analyzes Dietrich’s image, as created by the movie industry, within various theoretical frameworks, including that of psycho-analysis. Emphasis is placed, inter alia, on the “fetishistic” manipulation of the female image.
She was the first one to wear a suit in public without a shame. She became the source of Valentino’s inspiration when he designed suit for women too. These two should inspire us to do more what we are dreaming of and less what we do just for the habbit.

Juliet
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12 thoughts on “"I dress for myself. Not for the image, not for the public, not for the fashion, not for men."

  1. What a coincidence! I had published a pic of Marlene as an inspirational pic in my blog. Then I came here to read your latest post and what do I see?! Marlene <3 I was also googleing for her pics and admired the same pic that you choose. Thanks for posting about Marlene :)

  2. "I dress for myself. Not for the image, not for the public, not for the fashion, not for men." what a statement ! This must be why she is so stylish. She's clever behind -Thanks for all your visits sweetie, hope you are doing well ! have a great time kisses & hugs maudy maud

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