Power dressing: Lucy Walker

The Academy Award-nominated documentary director loves dresses and wears a lot of vintage

Dress by Diane von Furstenberg

I find her clothes both gorgeous and wearable. After seeing my last film, Waste Land, Diane e-mailed me saying; “I love your film. And I want to help however I can.” I was so thrilled and she has given me some clothes including this dress. As a documentary maker, I travel all the time and I need things that are high glamour but low maintenance. I have loved wearing dresses since I was a child, because of how easy they are to wear and how feminine they look. I wear a lot of vintage and always have – my mother says I invented grunge – but it makes sense to me because Waste Land is about people who recycle for a living and are recycling their lives.


Shoes by Christian Louboutin

I bought them in a sale. The most important thing for me is that I can walk in Louboutins; for my job I need to be comfortable and more importantly be silent and stealthy. There is a massive physical element to my job too. I have also climbed Everest, staked out nuclear plants and lived with the Amish people where I wore dresses and no make-up for months. You have to blend in to your environment. And soft soles are key for filming, so you don’t make a racket.


Tights by Marks and Spencer

Friends tell me sheer black tights are back – although I do feel a bit like my mum. I spent my life as a teenager laughing at people in sheer black tights and look at me now.



I spotted this in Chinatown in New York and though it looked like the sea. Now my richest friends ask me about it. I believe they think it is emerald but in fact it is jade and cost me $10.

Bracelets by Giles and Brother

When I had the New York premiere for Waste Land I wore a garbage bag – I had run out of dresses and I put a belt on it and it looked great. I dressed it up with some Giles and Brother chains and I like to wear them to remind myself and others about the message of Waste Land.


Earrings by Coralia Leets

I am trying not to wear these earrings every day but it is hard because I love the translucency of them. I have had these for years and they can dress up most of my outfits. They are a wonderful staple.


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