The award-winning film, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, has an inspiring story and an incredible array of costumes.
Each of their outfits, though beautiful, held several powerful meanings. The outfits symbolized strength, power, and grace, three attributes the women clearly needed to come out on top in their separate departments. The film, which tells the previously little-known story of three pioneering African-American women who played instrumental roles in advancing the NASA space program — and breaking race and gender barriers during the civil rights era — has also been recognized for its early gorgeous’60s costumes that will make anyone want to born in that era.
Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson
In the film, Katherine Johnson played by Taraji P. Henson was referred to as the “computer”. The woman was truly a walking computer, even though she appeared timid at times and a bit unsure of herself, she ended up speaking up for herself and it certainly paid off in many ways.
Her style was modest, and classy, jewelry was minimal and sometimes almost none existent, but I was certainly game for her bold red lipstick, it just made her stand out more to me, and totally complimented her outfits in more than one way.
She certainly looked really good for a mum of three kids, no wonder she snagged a Colonel, and got married soon after. Of the three women, she was my second favourite style star, right behind Mary Jackson, played by Janelle Monae.
Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson
Mary Jackson played by Janelle Monae was another NASA employee and the sassiest of the three friends. She wants to become an engineer but is prevented from taking the classes she needs due to Virginia’s Jim Crow Laws—the state and local laws enforcing racial segregation in the south.
Mary’s wardrobe consisted of cardigan sweaters and less structured, but still feminine silhouettes to represent what the stylist referred to as “a counterpoint to convention.” Her outfits represented the fact that she was doing her own thing and expressing herself in a more youthful way. For instance, she’s the only one out of the three to wear pants.
Truly, it was a delight watching Mary aspiring to and fighting for the opportunity to apply for a NASA engineering position, it was, without doubt, a brave and groundbreaking move.
Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan
Dorothy Vaughan played by Octavia Spencer was another NASA mathematician who is denied promotion to supervisor even though she’s already doing the job.Dorothy wore authoritative and polished suit silhouettes and thoughtful accessories, like tasteful brooches and elegant earrings and necklace sets. She appeared middle class and could buy these beautiful clothes. “She was strong from the beginning — just not recognized — and dressed the part and then finally got that promotion.”
Hidden Figures” has continued to rule the box office is pulling in high numbers. The film, has succeeded in recognising these three pioneering African-American women who played instrumental roles in advancing the NASA space program — and breaking race and gender barriers during the civil rights era. Their outfits managed to tell their story as well, and we definitely understood and loved them as well.