Exhibition
Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image

Marlene Dietrich in „Morocco“ by Eugene Robert Richee
Marlene Dietrich in „Morocco“ by Eugene Robert Richee

National Portrait Gallery

Marlene Dietrich brought androgyny to the silver screen through her roles in such movies as Morocco (1930) and Seven Sinners (1940). The biggest Hollywood star at a time when “talkies” were still new, Dietrich captured men’s hearts and women’s admiration on screen and off. Dietrich challenged the strictly limited notions of femininity at the time through her lifestyle and fashion: “I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.” Relying on her good looks, striking voice, sense of humor and no-nonsense personality, Dietrich achieved international fame during her long career.

Dietrich’s many honors include the Medal of Freedom for her service entertaining American troops for 18 months during World War II, often on the front lines. The German-born star remains a symbol of anti-Nazism, a fashion icon and an influential figure of the LGBTQ community.

Curator Tour
Sunday, June 25, 3 pm
Join exhibition curator Kate Lemay to explore the exhibition Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image

Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image was organized in cooperation with Deutsche Kinemathek – Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin.
 

Details

National Portrait Gallery

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Price: No charge
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