Marlene Dietrich "Shanghai Lily" Signature Publicity Dress from Shanghai Express (Paramount,...
DescriptionMarlene Dietrich "Shanghai Lily" Signature Publicity Dress from Shanghai Express (Paramount, 1932). Vintage original floor-length collarless black chiffon dress with embroidered irregular silver polka dots, minor train, unique cuffed sleeves with snap fasteners and split flounces, interior lined throughout in black silk, with wraparound interior right hip tie and external left hip hook and eye closure. Worn by Dietrich for an important portrait sitting
with famed photographer Eugene Robert Richee.
In the resulting photos, some of the most iconic captured of Dietrich during her time at Paramount, the robe's silver embroidery combines with Richee's studio lighting to dazzling effect. The portraits were widely circulated in promotion of the landmark Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg collaboration Shanghai Express. Dietrich also uses the garment as a prop in the film, taking it from a rack and throwing it onto her bed during a scene with Hui Fei (Anna May Wong) in their train cabin.
The robe has been modified for subsequent productions and exhibits mild fabric loss to left shoulder, some fraying to hem, and minor age and production wear. Overall, in vintage Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.
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