Film Series- Designer Label Fashion on Film: Blonde Venus (1932)
Celebrate four of Hollywood’s greatest fashion designers with the films that are part of their legend and part of the ‘superstructure’ of their stars. Joan Crawford was known for her exaggerated shoulders; this was an innovation of MGM’s main designer, Adrian. Marlene Dietrich is inextricably linked with exotic costumes and exquisitely tailored men’s tuxedos; she was ably dressed by Paramount’s legendary Travis Banton. Edith Head helped to create Grace Kelly’s film ‘look’ and she is still remembered for her waspy, Vassar-girl glad rags in Rear Window. Rosalind Russell’s character in Auntie Mame is the personification of chic style; Orry-Kelly melds theatrical and worldly with Park Avenue to create a cinematic dreamscape of perfect clothes.
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Starring Marlene Dietrich, Gary Grant, Herbert Marshall.
“Josef von Sternberg’s fifth film starring Marlene Dietrich, Blonde Venus, is another one of his great expressionist fantasies. Like most of von Sternberg’s work, the film is highly romantic and features a melodramatic plot that stretches all credibility. Yet von Sternberg’s unique mise-en-scene pulls the viewer into a delirious world of romantic passions and their entangled worldly involvements that ultimately overcomes the ordinary demands for strict realism. As with others of his films, such as Morocco and Shanghai Express, you must approach Blonde Venus as you might an opera or a poem and allow yourself to succumb to its charms.” – filmsufi.com. Costume designer Travis Banton brings each stage of Dietrich’s transformation to life – from ingénue to fallen woman, from the toast of Paris to simple haus frau. 93 minutes. Not rated.
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