Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image is the first exhibition to showcase the life and influence of Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich brought androgyny to the silver screen through her roles in movies such as Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932) and Seven Sinners (1940).
She once stated, “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 and sense of humor, Dietrich achieved international fame during her long career.
The exhibition features more than 45 objects, including photographs, correspondence and film clips. 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.
Exhibition Running Times: June 16, 2017 through April 15, 2018
Location: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, DC
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