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


  1. 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

  2. Jen

    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

      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.

      • Jen

        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.

  3. Heather in Arles

    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???

  4. 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!

    • 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!

      • 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.

  5. Ana Roland

    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

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