Tales from Tinseltown…recording them now…I'll let you know when it's story time.
Dressing up as Cleopatra – Theda Bara 1917
Dressing up as Cleopatra – Vivien Leigh 1945
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Whew. You are spoiling us today, Ms V!
Now, it wouldn’t be dress up with Cleo day if we didn’t include Vivien and Elizabeth, stick around 😉 .
Ok so now I am moving to Movie Egypt.
Movie Egypt is a magical place…
I’m doing these in reverse somewhat foolishly, but my word that ‘cloth of gold’ headress is the best one yet… one could (almost) imagine it on a woman today. In Paris, In Fashion Week.
The Perfumed Dandy
Vickie,yes Movie Egypt is a fantasy land where the imagination runs free.Must have been quite a fantasy destination at the time as well when only the richer classes would have travelled anywhere near there.
It is strangely modern, although I don’t know that I’d have the fortitude to see what someone like Walter Van Beirendonck would make of it…
I am doing this in reverse order too, but I love this series.
Claudette, you vamp! 🙂
Is it just me, or is Claudette the most “outer-space/sci-fi” of all the Cleos ?
That version was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and he definitely had a “thing” about costumes – I bet there were dissertations written about that 😉 .
For me Claudette is the most gorgeous Cleo out of them all, wow 🙂
So was so uniquely beautiful – and she always insisted on being shot from the right profile or straight on.
Claudette’s lovely feliness seems entirely appropriate to Cleopatra given the Egyptian affinity for cats. Fabulous photos, and what’s next? Vivien! Gosh!
George,yes she is very feline and the Egyptians did indeed have high regard for Bast or Bastet.I like cats too- sometimes.I too look forward to whats next.
Gorgeous pics. Thanks for the share! 🙂
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