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    Marlene Dietrich "Shanghai Lily" signature publicity robe from Shanghai Express. (Paramount, 1932) Vintage original floor-length black silk chiffon collarless open front robe with silver embroidered dots, bias hem in back and tie and hook and eye closure. Featuring unique oversize split flared cuffed long sleeves with snap fasteners. Lined throughout in black silk. 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. 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.

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    December, 2018
    11th Tuesday
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