Ancient Egyptian Chic
Egypt’s influence stretches all the way from video games to fashion
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Following the recent release of Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), we’re bound to see the resurrection of Ancient Egyptian chic. Although the movie has critics shaking their heads in shame, it’s hard to deny the wonders that the team did on the costumes:
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Ancient Egyptian fashion has influenced some of the greatest trends we’ve seen to date. Beginning with Elizabeth Taylor’s stunning performance in Cleopatra (1963), we have seen many designers seek to emulate the look. Last year, British designer Alice Temperley showed off a beautiful Egyptian collection that was perfect for the modern-day Cleopatra:
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MUTRAH has also woven together beautiful Egyptian style with African elements to be able to create stunning, simple, yet haunting pieces:
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Of course, Cleopatra’s appeal goes beyond just fashion, and she’s also been seen as nothing short of an icon, appearing in various video games throughout the years. Her titular slot game continues to be featured on Spin Genie's slot offerings, where players must mix and match Ancient Egyptian symbols to be able to score huge bonuses. She is also encountered in Dante's Inferno as a monster that embodied Lust:
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The famous Civilization games have also frequently featured her as the ruler of the Egyptians, while the rhythm-based game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan featured an overweight Cleopatra desperate to lose weight before the arrival of her lover, Mark Antony.
If you want to emulate the fashion of the Ancient Egyptians, there are just some things you need to keep in mind. After all, looking at all the depictions of Cleopatra and the Egyptians, some things remain startlingly obvious: their love for thick, chunky jewelry, and heavy eyeliner. Choppy fringes and flowing gowns are also a great choice to carry Egyptian chic with you.
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