Monday, December 10, 2018

Films to Femulate By: The Thomas Crown Affair

Friday evening, TCM showed The Thomas Crown Affair starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.   According to IMDB, McQueen plays a debonair, adventuresome bank executive, who believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with an insurance investigator, played by Dunaway, who will do anything to get her man.

This 1968 film has a lot going for it: interesting plot, good dialog, excellent cast, cool use of split screens and it was filmed in Boston, my old stomping grounds (it is nice to see scenes of Boston as they were when I was stomping around up there). But for me, the best thing about the film was Faye Dunaway.

Dunaway is not my favorite actress, not by a longshot, but as a budding femulator, I wanted to wear the outfits that Dunaway wore in that film. Her Vicki Anderson was just my style. So much so that I did something that I had not done since I took scissors to my Katy Keene comic books years earlier — I cut out photos of Dunaway in those outfits and hid them in the pages of a Red Sox yearbook for future inspiration.

I never achieved a drop dead lookalike femulation of Dunaway's Vicki Anderson, but I had a lot of fun trying and learned a lot in the process.

Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair

Not quite Faye
Not quite Faye


  1. Stunning dear
    Can you be Bonnie(minus Clyde) too?

  2. Maybe not Faye - but you make one very stunning Stana!
    I fully understand the attraction, I used to watch the Mary Tyler Moore show every Saturday night in the 70's and imagine my closet full of her wardrobe. Growing up just outside of Boston (Woburn) I especially craved the winter fashions she sported. My mother wasn't quite the fashion plate that MTM was, so I had not much to draw on until I started buying my own.

  3. the quality of acting and the dialogue was better then most of today movies & TV shows.... I too loved the fashion sense from that era

  4. Hats. Its the hats. YOU need to search out some hats, too. I have a few, but lack the tech know-how to meld hat with wig. Suggestions? Hat pins? Sounds kinda risky.
    I like the outfit in the upper right corner, the one with the row of buttons on the left side. I found one similar last week at V.V. -never worn, sales tags still on, (I am guessing circa 1970's SEARS tag attached, price $24.00--I paid $5.00)in bright red in my size. Probably from same era.
    Unfortunately, Velma aint Faye.....

  5. Faye was quite the clothes maven in that movie ~ i lived in Boston for almost 50 years (starting about the time of that movie), so when i watch it now, i recall all those scenes and places that are long gone now

  6. Faye wears that skater skirt well and oh yes! the hats, the forgotten accessory