“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Marlene in a Kimono, 1935

Posted: January 6th, 2019 | No Comments »

Marlene Dietrich wears many costumes in her 1935 movie The Devil is a Woman, directed by Josef von Sternberg from a screenplay by no lesser a writer than John Dos Passos….but I’d never seen these publicity shots for the movie of her in a furisode (formal style) kimono with crane motifs before. The slightly earlier image for Picture Play magazine of Marlene similarly in a kimono was by Martha Sawyer, an American artist and illustrator who became known as “the illustrator of Asiatic lore”…


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