don-englishIn the second part of the art of dressing series, Hattie Hawksworth takes fashion inspiration from Thirties art and photography.

1930, Don English photographs Marlene Dietrich on the set of Morocco.

Director Josef Von Sternberg made seven films with Marlene Dietrich and Morocco was the second and arguably most iconic. Dietrich’s character, the cabaret singer Amy Jolly, ushered in a shocking new aesthetic, the beautiful woman in the man’s suit. Don English was one of Dietrich’s favourite photographers. He worked closely with Paramount throughout the decade on some of her most iconic films from Shanghai Express to Blonde Venus.

Morocco paved the way for an androgynous style amongst stars such as Audrey and Katherine Hepburn. Hollywood was becoming a tastemaker to the masses, and Dietrich would go on to become one of the most widely emulated stars of the period.

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