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House of Cards: a new 1940s-style direction for Claire Underwood

Claire Underwood may be a terrifying megalomaniac, but she is also one of TV’s most immaculately dressed characters. For series three – which is available to stream on Netflix from today – Robin Wright brought in her own stylist, Kemal Harris, to give her a 1940s twist. She still used the big guns, though: think Ralph Lauren, Altuzarra, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Alexander McQueen, Dolce Gabbana and Max Mara. Mrs Underwood is set to have 60 wardrobe changes this season, so perhaps a dedicated stylist was the only answer (although the incumbent, Johanna Argan, will continue to be costume director to the rest of the cast). Style-wise, it’s a marked change from the first two series of House of Cards, in which her wardrobe was a study in modern restraint. Shoes, overcoats and handbags were always reassuringly expensive. Both looks were intimidating – as was her aggressively perfect diagonal fringe – which is a vibe that just won’t cut it now Frank is in the White House

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