I’ve been thinking about Abraham Lincoln ever since I saw Steven Spielberg’s new movie over the weekend. No American president has been more loved or mythologized, so I was curious, especially since I watched a rare interview with Daniel Day Lewis before seeing the movie, who explained how this was one of the biggest challenges of the role. After taking a year to prepare for the role and reading over 100 books on Lincoln, he began to hear an inner voice that became the voice of Lincoln in the movie and a powerful way to humanize a larger-than-life character.

I chose George Healy’s portrait, rather than one of the more well known photographs of Lincoln, which although they captured the moment, were more serious and melancholy and ironically don’t reflect the deeper feeling about Lincoln and the way that his thinking ultimately changed this country. George Peter Alexander Healy was one of the most popular and prolific artists of his day. He painted often as many as 50 portraits in a year and earned the reputation as one of the most successful mid-19th-century painters in the United States. Among his subjects were King Louis-Philippe of France, Pope Pius IX, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, and a series of U.S. presidents from John Quincy Adams to Ulysses S. Grant. Healy also painted The Peacemakers in 1868 and four years after Lincoln’s death, he painted Abraham Lincoln in 1869 for the Corcoran Gallery.

This week’s fashion inspiration–the classic tux–was inspired by Lincoln, {the movie and the painting} and has become one of my favorite ways to dress during the holidays. There were more tux options than ever, this year so I chose an iconic Saint Laurent tuxedo with an updated T by Alexander to illustrate yet another way to wear classic with a twist–{the Lincoln hat is optional!}

Have you seen the movie Lincoln yet? Did you like it?
What do you think about the classic tux look for women?

Details: Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch $219; Abraham Lincoln Top Hat (made to order), VillageHatShop.com; Saint Laurent Iconic Le Smoking Jacket In Black Wool $2,750 – ysl.com; T by Alexander Wang Draped stretch sateen-jersey top $185; Mary Jo Matsumoto Oversized Knot clutch $300; St. Laurent Iconic Smoking Trouser $1,150; Valentino Lace-Up Oxford, sale price $597; Abraham Lincoln print available on etsy.com.

26 Comments

megcasson January 9, 2019 at 13:49

i love it!

Tudo Sobre Moda January 9, 2019 at 20:35

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I love the inspiration. Xoxo

Couture Carrie January 9, 2019 at 22:39

Amazing inspiration and look!
LOVE the top hat!

xoxox,
CC

Cafe Fashionista January 10, 2019 at 20:00

That Pocket Watch is fantastic!! 🙂

lucia m January 11, 2019 at 06:58

love it!

Alexis Grace January 11, 2019 at 15:54

I am not familiar with this portrait… but there is something about it that seems to capture his personality.

All that to say, I love a lady in a tux…. and these shoes are fantastic!

vicki archer January 11, 2019 at 16:55

I love the tuxedo look for women… always works well I think…

Have a wonderful Christmas … enjoy your travels and happy holidays… Love, Vicki

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic January 11, 2019 at 22:40

Happy Holidays !!!!!
My parents saw the movie and loved it!!!!! My husband & I plan to go soon.
I love the classic tux look and with those amazing heels…. Perfection!!!!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!!!
Shannon 🙂

Pamela RG January 11, 2019 at 23:09

I haven’t seen the movie yet but I’m sure Daniel Day Lewis is great in it. And that this is a great movie too. The painting is very serious and captures Lincoln’s persona very well. I always enjoy reading about your art inspired posts. Wearing Le Smoking is perfect too for the Christmas holiday! Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

MOSAMUSE January 12, 2019 at 19:00

great inspiration… im excited to see the movie!
xo
MOSAMUSE

FASHION TALES January 13, 2019 at 01:24

We’re watching the film this weekend. I saw the interview on Daniel Day Lewis, he’s always been one of my favourite actors, one that I feel deserves so much praise for the marvelllous work he chooses to take part in. Happy holidays!

ellie January 13, 2019 at 02:20

Lovely post!

I gotta admit after lov’n Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter so much over the summer..I just couldn’t watch the real deal. I guess I like my Lincoln in fiction now.

Happy Holidays!

classiq January 13, 2019 at 06:53

I haven’t seen the film yet(it arrives here in February), but looking forward to it, especially now that I’ve read what you said about Daniel Day Lewis preparing for the role. I like that you’ve chosen a less known portrait of Lincoln. As for the tuxedo look, if you ask me, I would choose it over a dress. A woman in a tuxedo is so sexy and she exudes confidence. xo
Ada

Relyn Lawson January 13, 2019 at 20:59

I’ve been missing my blog-hopping time, and I wanted to pop in with a quick hello. I’ve been missing you. I hope you are having a very, very wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas, friend.

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest January 14, 2019 at 05:10

i haven’t seen it yet, i just don’t get out to the movies much so i will mostly likely see it when it’s on dvd. i really want to see it, lincoln is such a figure and daniel day lewis is such a mighty actor. i can’t imagine that is not fantastic. love the inspiration. how fun would a tux inspired look be to wear?!

Rowena @ rolala loves January 15, 2019 at 05:08

I have not watched Lincoln yet but I did watch Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer recently. Hubby wanted to watch it and we’ll just say it was interesting. I do love the classic tux look for women. It’s very elegant.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) January 15, 2019 at 22:27

I still have to see that movie. It is definitely a must see. that painting is exquisite of him and I love the outfit you put together. It’s awesome! You have such great taste in style 😀 I always like to see what you’re going to put together. Wishing you a wonderful weekend doll.

Ms. Dainty Doll January 15, 2019 at 22:49

Yesss…I would wear that whole outfit, that is gorgeous!! And this painting is so striking, the face is a tiny bit different than all the other portraits I’ve seen of Lincoln, which is nice for a change! It looks as if he is trying to sit, but has other things he needs to get to and is about to leave the chair. Love the atmosphere and mood. Happy Friday doll…almost Christmas now :))) I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend and enjoy whatever you may do!! xoxo

zhanna January 16, 2019 at 00:14

I have not seen the movie but I think a classic tux on a women is sexy with a perfect edge!!
XO,
Zhanna

Audrey Allure January 16, 2019 at 05:54

Haven’t seen the movie yet – but great inspiration! Love the pocket watch.

Stephanie Huang January 16, 2019 at 09:36

This is so, so, so cool…! I love the outfit you put together so much, and would wear it in a heartbeat <3

Heather Fonseca January 16, 2019 at 13:20

Your tuxedo look makes me want to run out and buy one! I love it with the jersey top. I haven’t seen Lincoln yet but I’m hoping to have some time this week to see some movies! I hope you’re having a great holiday.

Allison January 16, 2019 at 17:11

OMG that YSL jacket=perfection. Absolutely perfect. Now, if only I was comfortable with shelling out 2K for a blazer…. 😉
🙂
Allison

dimitri January 16, 2019 at 19:40

I haven’t seen the film yet but i really love your inspiration. It’s a great idea.
These pieces are so lovely. Perfect choices.
xo

Kimberlee January 16, 2019 at 23:31

Awesome painting! It is definitely how we immortalize our former presidents. He was so hated for his actions during the time and now so many praise them. Makes you wonder how we’ll look back at some of our recent presidents.

But I digress… love the suit! I still need to see the movie :/

lover January 17, 2019 at 01:22

Not only do I get and education about fashion from you I get my education about Art…. So, generous you are my friend….

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