+  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 12th OUTFIT: 12 in 15 acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-YSL fuchsia silk organza dress with luxurious two-tier ruffles
-Sea foam blue drop earrings painted with rose embellishments, purchased in Seville, Spain
-YSL purple Tribute double platform suede pumps;
-Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Diamond Watch



How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
The fancy ruffles continue through the back. It could have been an Argentine tango dress. In Argentine tango, since women typically take the first step backwards, with their backs facing the viewers, many dance costumes emphasize the back designs.


I always wanted to be a dancer, had I not become a scholar, a writer, and later, a lawyer and a publisher. In Nietsche’s words: “I would believe only in a god who could dance.” For me, dance enables a perfect dialectic between the Dionysian and the Apollonian: “Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?”


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I did not choose the footwear to match the brand or color scheme of the dress. I just love the simplicity and classic shape of the pumps that would yield the focus to the dress. The drop earrings in sea foam blue breaks away from the pink/purple color scheme, but still pick up moments of pink.


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? 
Fuchsia is so Parisian, reminding me of my student days strolling through Paris’ streets, gawking at Parisian women sporting the hottest fuchsia lipstick, which picked up the bright fuchsia shade in their outfits. I still think that only a Parisian woman can pull off that relentless, unapologetic fuchsia attitude.


How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would wear it to any party in Paris or a milonga for Argentine tango!


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 wore this outfit to a party that I hosted for Van Cleef & Arpels in May. This dress has the perfect texture and color, while reflecting my love of intricate, but uncluttered, designs. It was an eye candy, but not competing with the Van Cleef jewelry I sported at the time.


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One Response to special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 12th OUTFIT: 12 in 15 acts

  1. Ghurron Briscoe says:

    Ms.Chiu’s, affinity for dance with her stunning wardrobe is definitely stylish!

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