The History of Androgynous Chic

These two female celebrities were born in different eras, but there’s one thing that connects both of them. It’s their love for men’s tailoring.

They still like to wear other types of feminine clothes because it still has a place in their wardrobes.


Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich was already an actress in her country, Germany before she migrated to America.

She emerged into acting during the post suffragette era. Women were still fighting for equality.  

It was also at the time when Hollywood industry was experiencing its golden age.  

She was named Marie Magdalene Dietrich, but she took Marlene Dietrich as her stage name.


Fan of Men’s Tailoring

Looking back at some of her pictures, one of the most intriguing things about her, was her love for men’s tailoring.

Marlene wore men’s attire with elegance and ease.

It would be right to say that she started the ‘Androgynous’ trend even before it became a trend.

She helped to change and redefine women’s fashion. 

Regardless of what Marlene wore, it wouldn’t feel complete without a chic hat.

Marlene captivated her audience with her husky, sexy voice.

She was one of the few women that characterized the golden era of the Hollywood during the 30s.

Her first American film was in November 1930 titled Morocco, as a cabaret singer.

She dressed as a man and kissed a fellow woman.  

Marleen’s role in Morocco was indeed very provocative at that time. She got blamed for trying to scandalize society.

It earned her, not only an Academy Award nomination, but she became the first German actress to be nominated for such award.

The picture says so much more than what anybody could’ve written on paper. Marlene oozed so much confidence and always looked stylish.  

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Female Star of Classic Hollywood Cinema

Dietrich was named one of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema by The American Film Institute.

Marlene’s most talked about film was Witness for the Prosecution. She starred as the accused wife.

Though she never got an award for her role, the film itself earned three awards.

The film had many positive reviews and an 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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Tilda Swinton

She is a British actress, performance artist, model, and fashion muse to some fashion houses such as Chanel, Pringle and Viktor & Rolf.

Tilda Swinton was born in the 60s.  She emerged into the acting and movie scene around the 80s.

The 80s was the time when power dressing became a trend. Women had the freedom to wear what they wanted without much backlash.

Her career began at the age of 26, when she starred in 1986 British film drama Caravaggio and The Last of England, British arthouse film in 1988.

Long before she appeared on our screens, she took part in stage plays such as Measure for Measure.


Her Love For Androgynous Style

Tilda said that her interest in androgynous style started after appearing in the 1992 film called Orlando.

She is quoted to have said “’I believed this book was a biography of my own life’: Source Telegraph.

Some editors have credited Tilda’s ability to pull off any menswear down to her slender physique frame at 5ft 11.

They said it allows for fabrics to drape nicely on her body.

She has been a recipient of many awards such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards European Film Awards, Saturn Awards and much more.

For her role in Michael Clayton and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, she won Best Supporting Actress.

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Comfortable in Herself

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One thing that’s so remarkable about Tilda, is that she doesn’t follow the Hollywood ideals of what a female actress should be.

She wears what she wants and when she wants to.

She channels masculine trends so effortlessly and loves being a woman in her own way.

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