SIA: Cleopatra

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate the inspiration artwork.


After this past hella-emotional week for women, Theda Bara’s steady, strong, take-no-prisoners stare in the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) is giving me life. I also love the colors in the poster, as they feel very seasonal. There is also a more brightly colored (restored?) version here, but I prefer the version below:

Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

The film itself was destroyed in a fire, but this video below has the few seconds of footage that remains; the film footage begins at 39 seconds into the short clip below.

Theda Bara “Cleopatra” (1917) surviving footage.flv” video uploaded by nyesteiran, Standard  YouTube license

You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-making turn as Cleopatra, online here and here.

Here’s how to participate in SIA:

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at by next Tuesday, October 9th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, October 10th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.


3 thoughts on “SIA: Cleopatra

  1. Pingback: SIA: Cleopatra – PostCard Purposes

  2. mommyhon333

    Great job, one and all. I finally wore my interpretation this past week and will be sharing it and linking to this post. Love your bronze shoes. And the detailing on your pretty top. Does your husband take your photos? I struggle so to take good pics!

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Hi there, yes, my husband Sam takes almost all of my photos. And we just use my camera phone at this point to take photos, so we can take pics while we’re out and about, if possible. Our “photoshoots” take less than 5 minutes, max. And I prefer taking photos outside, because the light is always better than when we take photos indoors. BTW, I have a Samsung Galaxy S7, which has a very good camera.


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