Glamour and Beauty

In the first week we discussed the characteristics in glamour and beauty and how it associates with femininity though photographs of film stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Audrey Hepburn.

This was my first opportunity to use the ‘Description, Analysis, Theory’ process that had been previously suggested. I used that process to analyse the photographs above of Marlene Dietrich and Audrey Hepburn. Cath had already collected extracts from Dyhouse, C (2010) Glamour: Women, History, Feminism, Zed Books, London pp1-47 and from Brown, j (2009) Glamour in Six Dimensions: Modernism and the Radiance of From, Cornell University Press, New York for us to use as the ‘Theory’ Part. We just had to find the right ones to use. I have shorted some of these extracts and I’m not sure how to show that in the correct manner.


  • Marlene is wearing a fur hat – This is soft, feminine, sexual and glamorous – ‘luxury and sensuous, signalled partially through the wearing of fur’ Dyhouse, C (2010)
  • Both are black and white photographs – makes the subjects appear more feminine – ‘black and white photography emphasised light…light plays across skin, satin, the surface of fur and hair… gives goddesses their extraordinary seductiveness’ Dyhouse, (2010)
    Being seductive is glamorous ‘Glamour is genuinely seen as a constituting a form of  sophisticated – and often sexual – allure.’ Dyhouse (2010)
  • Audrey’s highlighted collar bones and cheekbones – Feminine, seductive, delicate and teasing because it shows the flesh – ‘high contrast lighting that sculpted its object, redefining facial features for maximum effect’ 

Both of these photographs show examples of glamorous characteristics within film stars that associate with 20th century glamour cliches such as high quality fabrics, make up, marble like skin and perfect complexions ect.

Its interesting that the unattainable is more associated with females than males. Both of these images have been constructed to create perfection.


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