Love’s Labour’s Lost Muse

Over the summer in Charlotte, NC there were productions of various Shakespeare plays on The Green, Uptown. I had the opportunity to attend some of these free shows and was enamored by the beauty, and uniqueness, of each portrayal. The company did a Beatles inspired version of Love’s Labour’s Lost, and as I watched and listened I was inspired.

One line of the play says,
“From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain, and nourish all the world.”
I was struck by this notion. That while women have surely been objectified, they have also been seen as muses for quite some time. Smart, beautiful, passionate, muses that indeed do nourish the world. Which is why we should remember to nourish our own souls.

This outfit does just that for me. It makes me feel beautiful, muse like, with it’s long flowing skirts and fringe additions. I love the delicate beaded embroidering on the vest, while the leather top ignites a feeling of power. The cut out oxford flats are a perfect representation of movement from childlike style to women like abilities, mixing together a timeless piece but making it uniquely your own. The simple chain belt is somehow reminiscent of Cleopatra and ties the outfit together (no pun intended).

While every artist has their muse the beauty of this is that each muse is different. Another reminder to embrace yourself, your style, and the things that make you feel beautiful. I’d imagine the one thing all muses of lore have in common is a subconscious sense of independence and confidence. Embrace yours.

Shakespeare Sundays in the Park


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