Marlene Dietrich and Mother’s Day…

Here, poppets, is a photo of Miss Dietrich in a mouton coat and hat – just in case you were wondering what mouton is…

Marlene Dietrich in Mouton Coat and CapMother:

More solid than the ground under your feet when you are little, more solid than a rock when you need to lean, and harder than a rock when the leaning becomes a danger—when it’s time for you to walk alone.

Marlene Dietrich

29 Comments

    • January 29, 2013
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      Lamb/sheep — mine was a ruddy caramel brown, although I suppose it could have been dyed.

  1. January 29, 2013
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    My grandmother had a mouton coat! It wen to my mother, then to me…I never knew what it was!

    • January 29, 2013
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      Wasn’t it about the warmest coat you ever had?

      • January 29, 2013

        Very warm and comfy

    • January 29, 2013
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      Yes, I wonder if there is a word in German that means warm and chic? There should be!

  2. January 29, 2013
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    I had a leg of Mouton once. “ta dum dum”
    Thanks folks! I’ll be here all week. And don’t forget to tip the cocktail waitress.

    • Heather in Arles
      December 10, 2013
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      Lanier booooooo! 😉

      • December 11, 2013

        A boo! Is that a heckle in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Ta dum dum! Well for that I will be appearing here for TWO weeks!

  3. December 9, 2013
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    Dearest V
    How lovely to rejoin such splendid company!
    Now, by coincidence Barbara Hulanicki, who invented Biba (did it ever make it to America?) that did so much to bring 40s and 50s glamour back to vogue in the 70s chose Marlene singing ‘la Vie en Rose’ for one of her ‘Desert Island Disks’ this week.
    As sumptuous as that Mouton coat…. know I’m far too much of a gentleman to make comments about a certain chanteuse resembling mouton dressed as lamb in her later career….
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  4. December 9, 2013
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    Stunning set! And it suits her so well, too.

    Also, our favourite local bar here in Columbus, which serves all sorts of fabulous classic cocktails with nary a silly girly drink in sight, is named Mouton. 🙂

    • Heather in Arles
      December 10, 2013
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      Jen! My oh my has Columbus grown up. We lived in between New Albany and Gahanna for years (horse farm in the sticks) and at the time Rigsby’s was the place to be seen…oh my gosh, I just looked it up and it still exists! With a good menu! That makes me happy. Alas, I see that the Kahiki has closed. That was faboo.
      Will look up Mouton too because I am geekeh like that.

      • December 10, 2013

        I’ve not been to Rigsby’s—and the Kahiki was razed long ago. 🙁 (We’ve only lived here for about two years now, and learning it was gone was an enormous disappointment!) A company just auctioned off a bunch of Kahiki goodies the week before last, including the big monkey fountain from the entrance and the horse everybody would rub for luck. Alas, indeed! And Mouton is fab.

    • December 11, 2013
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      And, I bet it was WARM.
      Mouton! The Parisian Sunday Brunch… That would go down very well right now!

  5. December 9, 2013
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    Should you know this, I wonder …well, might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb 🙂 ….I sleep on mouton……it’s divine.

    • December 11, 2013
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      Under the fitted sheet? It sounds lovely!

      • December 11, 2013

        Sometimes under the fitted sheet, sometimes not. Depends how much my bones are aching 🙂

      • December 12, 2013

        I read that sleeping on a shearling was really good for arthritis…

      • December 12, 2013

        Don’t know if this is a shearling but they are specially made for babies, the elderly and the infirm….I am none of these (oh really;) ), but, hey, I like my comfort 🙂

  6. Heather in Arles
    December 10, 2013
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    I would have sworn that was beaver but it just goes to show. She looks gorg and knows it doesn’t she?
    And G sleeps on mouton??? Some folks live the high life now don’t they???

    • December 11, 2013
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      Say… We might have to research this more fully! I think this is sheared mouton, but I could be wrong…

  7. December 12, 2013
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    She had style, Marlene did. It’s funny that you did photos of Marilyn and Marlene one after the other, Vickie—I was just reading about Jean Louis, who dressed both of them. I love his dresses, they were so cleverly done, those trompe d’oeils with all their hidden supports and stuff!

    • December 12, 2013
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      Vintage undergarments, Holy Boy! They had STRUCTURE, I don’t know how they acted with all that boning and titanium elastic. I still remember the weird shimmy my mom did getting into her girdle, and at the time she was a slender woman!

      Jean Louis, Travilla, etc. geniuses!

      • December 12, 2013

        They really were geniuses. When I read about how Jean Louis created Rita Hayworth’s Gilda dress, I thought, WOW. So much engineering and creativity and beauty all rolled into one garment. I’m amazed at how many designers today were inspired by the great designers of yesteryear.

  8. Ana Roland
    May 8, 2016
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    Saw Marlene in all her glory at the TCM CLASSIC FILM FEST recently with Nicholas Josef von Sternberg (son) who told wonderful anecdotes about the film +brought bound shooting script that looked priceless

  9. Ana Roland
    May 8, 2016
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    Oops ~forgot to mention the film was the restored SHANGHAI EXPRESS

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