the veil

For more than two decades she has adopted an austere look she terms “minimal baroque” inspired by the young widows who featured in Italian neo-realist cinema—a uniform consisting of high hair, a veil, hair ornaments, black sunglasses, a long black skirt, simple black shirt and platform shoes. Wherever she goes, people gawk, but Pernet maintains that she doesn’t “dress to attract attention to myself although [some people] interpret my look that way. My look is a reflection of my personality … strong but quiet. Clearly, [it] puts a distance between me and the general public. What does [it] reveal? Probably that I’m not out there looking for a fifth husband. Like the Great Greta Garbo, ‘I want to be alone’.”

(from here)