Closet Confessions: Thatcher Fashion

And the winner is…

Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep

I went to see Meryl Streep’s latest film last night, Iron Lady,the biopic about Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister. I am not a political analysis or film citric, so I won’t be discussing or reviewing the film on those merits, I am just a fashion lover. However, I will say Meryl Streep was amazing.

Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep

The costume selection was classic to Thatcher ‘s character, a balance of ladylike dressing and powerhouse feminist. Yet, behind clothing regalia was a story about a fearless woman, whose hand print has been left on a country, and an era. The film made me think about female role models in society, and the decision women make everyday between family, self, and fulfillment.  With narrow archetypical roles for women, Meryl is cast as another ice villain (The Devil Wears Prada), but Streep’s portrayal humanized Thatcher flawlessly.

Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep
Vogue January 2012: Meryl Streep

This is not a female empowerment movie, but a film about self-confidence and personal belief. What I took away from the film is to follow your dreams. We should all be so lucky to have a partner, parent, or friend who engorged us every step of the way. Someone who says to us “you can do it.” When I get dressed with consciousness I feel empowered, to know my decision about what I wear is to claim myself.  There is a moment in the film when Thatcher’s father tells her not to follow that pack, hard words for a girl to hear, but I felt the strength in those words. When we allow others to represent us, we strip away our power: “Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another (Madonna, Justify My Love).”

Bazaar--December 2011 Cover
Bazaar--December 2011 Cover
Cindy Crawford: Harper's Bazaar December 2011
Cindy Crawford: Harper's Bazaar December 2011

Take a look at my video discussing my thoughts on Cindy Crawford’s daughter, Kaia in her Versace advertisement. Please leave me comments about your opinions and ideas about role models and power.

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Versace: cindy-crawford-daughter
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One thought on “Closet Confessions: Thatcher Fashion

  1. Anonymous January 22, 2012 / 11:13 AM

    i totally agree with what you said about her being a role model for someone her age to look up to as opposed to someone twice her age. and the clothes she wears is very appropriate for someone her age, she is not selling a sexual fantasy. she looks so much like her mom, who had an amazing career so i think she’s gonna be just as big as her mom.

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