+  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 6th OUTFIT: 6 in 15 acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Zang Toi antique gold sequin gown with Russian sable trims framing the dramatic back line
-Gold mesh earrings
-Gucci animal pattern antique gold platform sandals

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
With the emphasis on the low-plunging back, this gown brings back old Hollywood glamour in a quiet drama. I just wanted to be true to its form: a golden girl.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
Why do we always think of fashion in terms of the Hegelian sense of linear history, that is, fashionable means progressive and out-of-fashion means retrogressive? Whenever a designer or a wearer evokes the past, we call it a “retro” style. When in effect, fashion is not only forward-looking it also keeps a backward glance all the time. When I tried on this dress, I knew the only accessory it needs is a matte ruby red lipstick. I felt incredibly modern.

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? 
This handwork of the sequins, especially the floral pattern near the hem, is a sheer sensation. The drape of the fabric effortlessly hugged my body and I felt incredibly sensual when I was in it.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Next time when I walk the red carpet with the designer.

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? 
Zang Toi told me that he designed this gown to pay homage to Curse of the Golden Flower featuring Gong Li, his favorite Chinese actress. In contrast to the outlandish gold tone permeating throughout the film stage setting and costumes, this gown is orchestrated through refined sequins with patina. The Russian sable trims form a rectangular back line, adding a sophisticated and luxurious feel.

Although from time to time Zang plays up his Chinese heritage (he is a Malaysian of Chinese descent), he never overplays the Chinoisserie elements in his works. I think he was the first major designer of Chinese descent to break out on the international scene without flaunting the Chinese elements.


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3 Responses to special guest/ CHIU-TI JANSEN talks about her 6th OUTFIT: 6 in 15 acts

  1. You certainly chose the perfect lady to profile in your magazine. She is a true arbiter of international fashion., knowledgeable, experienced,accustomed to the high fashion world and her own best model.
    What separates her from the other beautiful people is her superior intelligence and the way she makes those around her feel so accepted and warm…..always is she the gracious lady.

  2. 1) I do not have a website as I am long retired but attend many of the same affairs as she does
    2) moderating my compliments would be telling less than the truth

  3. Patricia Mears says:

    Chiu-Ti is at her best in gowns such as this one. She is glamorous, vibrant, and polished, much like the actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Brava!

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