+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 10th OUTFIT: 10 in 15 acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Robin’s jeans with elaborate slashed and studded cutout embellishments
-Black lace top with see-through midriff
-Lee Jung turquoise blue cropped fox fur jacket
-Punk earrings in chain and crystal
-Brian Atwood royal blue and sky blue double platform sandals with gold studs
-Simon Trudeau “Anemone” handmade futuristic bag in molded vinyl and fabrics
-Miao people matching silver cuffs with embroidered embellishments

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I love contrasts and paradoxes, because they are the appropriate reflections of many contradictions within me. I think the torn but glamorous jeans serves as a foil to the turquoise fox fur.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
These are the items that I have accumulated throughout the years. I simply threw them together out of a whim. I like to make something borderline kitschy elegant.

On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit? 
I think there is nothing more sexy or luxurious than a good pair of jeans, simply because the genre (jeans) is so mundane and commonplace. A form-fitting pair of jeans with unique design elements immediately glams one up. Mixed with my favorite fox fur bolero jacket, it becomes a chic statement.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Any time I go on a hot date.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit? 
I am not into punk. This must be the most expensive pair of jeans that I own. So sporting a rebellious street look does not come in cheap. It reminds me of a literary scandal that broke out in the early 1990s with the publication of a new biography of Bertolt Brecht, which revealed that the German playwright known for his Threepenny Opera and a Communist bent spared no cost in his sartorial make-up. In fact, his carefully manufactured “Proletarian” look was made possible by expensive craftsmanship of a custom tailor. Even a Socialist-Communist knew that images were everything. Both revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries are bankrolled by deep pockets.

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  1. Like all these looks of yours…

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