Dietrich and the Tuxedo

By Emily Patterson The re-appearance of the tuxedo on the catwalk this fall instantly sent images of a young Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930) to my mind. In her debut film role, Dietrich stood on stage, a magnificent androgynous sexually charged female, dressed in long black pipe trousers, a white shirt, and smoking jacket, and … Continue reading

Extremes of Style: The Fashion Uniform

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Following my rumination on fashion extremists eccentrics (enter descriptive term of your choice here), I now turn to another rara avis of fashion, a bird so rare that I don’t believe there’s a term, let alone one with the potential to arouse complaint, to describe the individuals who prescribe to this style of dress. And … Continue reading

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