SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
CHIU-TI JANSEN TALKS ABOUT HER 3rd OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Custom-ordered Maria Lucia Hohan silk mousseline PINA gown in lime
-Antoine et Lili India-inspired iridescent lime green chandelier earrings
-CASADEI lime yellow patent calfskin sculptural sandals
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Maria Lucia Hohan is a Paris-trained designer working from her design studio in Bucharest, Romania. Her works remind me of Madame Grès, whose sculptural drape dresses included in a career survey exhibition left an indelible impression on me when I visited Musée Bourdelle in Paris in 2011. Hohan, however, tends to use lighter fabrics. She is also using nude tulle to create illusion of elaborate cutout or exposed skin.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I first focus on the refreshing lime color of this garment. Then I thought my Casadei lime yellow sandals would complete the look by elongating the visual effect of the gown.
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 pleated straps rest at the shoulder bones, creating a flattering neckline. The overflowing skirt with exquisite accordion pleats makes me feel like Venus emerging from the sea foams?
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would wear this same outfit to a summer garden party, or in the bitter winter as if I were on a tropical island.
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 dress to the China Institute’s Blue Cloud Award Gala. The spring was soft. I felt like a budding wild flower in an open field in Southern France.