As my Innovators of Timeless Style series continues, today’s entry is dedicated to Marlene Dietrich.
Marlene Dietrich on Fashion: “I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”
If ever a man would like to know how a well tailored suit should hang on a body, he need only look to Marlene Dietrich as an example. At a quick first glance at Marlene from across the room, you would think your eyes were playing tricks on you, causing you to believe you’ve just seen the most graceful man alive. But take a closer look, and her high cheekbones, wavy blonde hair and signature cigarette perfectly placed at the side of ruby red, pouted lips would set in stone that she was ALL woman.
As one of the highest paid actresses in the 1930s and 40s, Marlene Dietrich was not a Hollywood starlet that had to show skin to get paid well. Her tomboy style has undoubtedly transcended time. Just this year at New York Fashion Week, she served as the inspiration for several fashion houses including Jason Wu, Peter Som and Tadashi Shoji. Entertainers like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Janelle Monae have all followed suit (pun intended), paying homage to Marlene’s androgynous fashion choices.
Some of Marlene’s favorites included top hats, tuxedos and tails along with full men’s suits (with tie). Achieving her look is easy, especially when her style is still on trend. If you attempt to mimic it, own it!
Here’s a flashback: