Power dressing: Lucy Walker

Lucy Walker is an Academy Award-nominated British-born film documentary director based in London, New York and LA. Her latest film, Countdown to Zero, is about the history of the atomic bomb and current nuclear stockpiles. Featuring interviews with Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, Valerie Plame Wilson, Pervez Musharraf and Mikhail Gorbachev, the film opened in the UK last week.

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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