SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
CHIU-TI JANSEN TALKS ABOUT HER 6th OUTFIT
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.