SIA interpretation: Cleopatra

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And now for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. After these past hella-emotional weeks for women, Theda Bara’s steady, strong, take-no-prisoners stare in the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) continues to give me life. You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-defining turn as Cleopatra, online here and here.

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 seen in the collage below.

I’m usually a smiley blogger, but not today. I am channeling Bara’s steady, challenging gaze — and stance!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA collage

‘Cleopatra’ poster, 1917, public domain


I knew that I had to wear one of my Egyptian scarab pendant necklaces with whatever I wore, but it actually took me awhile to figure out my outfit for this SIA challenge. Nothing was really gelling in my mind (see here where I explain my mental process for putting outfits together), until I spied my embroidered navy and tomato red tank top, and the lightbulb in my brain went off.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

In the inspiration movie poster, you can spy a couple of obelisks framing the sides. I did a Google search for obelisks in Tacoma, and the results came up with a few tombstones in the Old Tacoma Cemetery (plus it’s October and Halloween season, so again, it felt appropriate to take photos in a cemetery). The stone for these obelisks also gave off a sheen that fit the colors of the inspiration poster.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

I stepped it up with the makeup that day, lining my eyes with eye liner and bronze-y eye shadow, as well as a coral lip stain to coordinate with my tank top and ring. I wore one of my Egyptian scarab pendants — you can see a better closeup of it in the collage below — plus two gold statement rings, one coral and one smoky quartz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA jewelry closeup collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze tote and shoes closeup

It’s hard to see, but my brown wide-leg trousers have metallic burgundy threads running through the fabric, so they give off a bit of a shimmer. (I also managed to let out an additional inch from the hem of these trousers over the summer, so I feel more comfortable wearing them with heels.)

We visited the Old Tacoma Cemetery one day last week after work, and the late afternoon light was quite lovely. No one else was there at the cemetery, which seems to be very well-kept. We will definitely be back! (It might seem strange to some, but both Sam and I have always found cemeteries to be quite peaceful and pleasant places to be in. We have visited several cemeteries over the years, even on vacations; whenever we visit one, we take time to straighten up flowers or offerings that have fallen over. And RIP to the Durr family, whose family markers are featured in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit

Weather:  Perfect fall day, chilly but bright

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shifts


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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

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 this Tuesday, October 9th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this 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.


6 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Cleopatra

  1. Mike

    I agree with Salazar here, Jen! You did a superb job, both with your outfit, and with your backdrop for your photos. I love the obelisk monuments that you posed with in the background! I’ve always found them to be so interesting, in terms of their basic structure and meaning.
    I also love how we had the same idea to mimic the pose of Bara’s pose and facial expression. 🙂

  2. Kezzie

    I’m staggered with just how Amazing your outfit and background setting are! The attention to detail is quite simply stunning! I had similar ideas with regards to coloured garments but lack the meticulous detail!


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