+  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 13th OUTFIT: 13 in 15 acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Ungaro lavender/white asymmetrical “scribble” silk gown
-Rough-cut amethyst drop earrings
-Casadei black tortoise patent slingback sandal
-Purple sequined handbag by Moyna


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This dress is perfection in itself. No accessory; that would be a distraction.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
When I first set eyes on this dress, I immediately thought it would be for a party at the MoMA or another museum. It’s like a drawing, bringing out the artistic side of me.


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?
The light fabric and tender colors are ideal for summer. The asymmetrical structure and exposed shoulder are so chic! The blousy top contrasts the form-fitting fish tail skirt.


How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Next summer, at an artsy garden party.


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? 
Fashion has a built-in tension between human desires for changes and longing for eternity. Somehow our pre-deconstructed modern view of art prizes it for its lack of utilitarian and practical consideration. We believe that art should be eternal, transcending the transience nature of our individual beings. This dress is akin to my own artistic spirit. It tells my desire to leave marks with my works and my style.


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One Response to special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 13th OUTFIT: 13 in 15 acts

  1. Lucia Hwong Gordon says:

    Artistically stunning!

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