Join Us for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Hi, this is just a short post to introduce next week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece. Style Imitating Art {aka SIA} is hosted by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}, Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, and me. Every other Monday, one of us curates an art piece to use as style inspiration for the following week {host outfits are posted on the following Monday, with participant outfits posted on Wednesday}.



Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

Jen selected this piece because “…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 agree. Her gaze, her stance, everything about her is fierce. Jen also loves the seasonal colors in the poster. There’s also a more brightly colored (restored?) version here, but Jen prefers the version above.

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

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

Seriously, don’t you wish there were more? I’ve always said that I would’ve been a flapper back in the day… Living in Harlem or New Orleans.

You can read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s Cleopatra, online here and here.


This week’s inspiration piece was curated by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}.

What do you think you’ll wear? I can’t wait to see!


Everyone’s invited to participate! Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Jen at by Tuesday, 9 October. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 10 October.

You don’t have to be a blogger, a photographer, or an instagrammer to join! You just have to love clothes.

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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