Dior’s faithful customer “Marlene Dietrich”
November 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
Dietrich had an understanding with Christian Dior, who dressed her both on and off screen; in fact, he was written into her contract. “No Dior, no Dietrich,” she told the producer of Hitchcock’s Stage Fright in 1950. She loved Dior and only preferred him. She ignored the legendary director’s final words that he had on all his characters’ costumes. “Dior was fashion,” she said. “Dior was good taste. I went to Dior when he first started. There hasn’t been any fashion since.” Chirstian Dior knew how to make her shape look its best. Everyone was shocked to see how his clothes could make her shape so beautifully.
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Christian Dior helped Marlene Dietrich’s comeback when he designed her dress for the 1951 Oscars. As Dietrich came on stage to present the award for foreign-language film, she received a standing ovation. What caused the rise from the seats? The sleeveless bolero, showing her decolletage, a nipped waist, a silk velvet bow swaying on her hip. It was Dietrich who made the headlines the next day, not the nominees. One observer said it was a shame there’d been no medal for glamour.
Photo: Marlene Dietrich, shown with Dr. Mario Ungara, Italian consul, who was delegated to accept the foreign-language award for “The Walls of Malapaga.”
Power dressing: the politics of the Oscars dress by Harriet Walker
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