SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
CHIU-TI JANSEN TALKS ABOUT HER 7th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Victor de Souza torero embroidered cropped pink jacket in horsehair overlaid silk organz
-Victor de Souza orchid full skirt in silk satin face organza with a long bustle train
-Pearl studded earring
-Cesare Paclotti Ayers snakeskin double platform pumps in pink and gold heel embellishment
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Victor designed the top and the skirt separately for two different looks. So it surprised him a bit when I proposed to wear the two together. They both have structured looks, but command very different textures and colors.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I wore them together when I first tried on the two pieces, and I loved the theatricality!
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 top has an incredible construction that combines Victor’s signature style, Spanish influence and additional whimsical sequin/bead embellishments, enhanced by the light pink color. Although it refers to the majestic torero gear, the mouton sleeves with an open space in the armpit areas conjure up a Medieval armor’s plate structure. The cropped shape cringes at the waist, subtly subverting the fighter/warrior association.
The skirt, made of a different color and texture, commands a very exaggerated long train, all in hot orchid/fuchsia. It really is a masterpiece!
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wore this combination to Save Venice’s masquerade ball this year. I can totally see myself wearing the top or the skirt in a different combination. For instance, I am thinking about wearing the skirt on my shoulder as a cape.
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?
To the extent that fashion touches our skins, it is hard not to associate it with surface. But fashion reveals as much as it conceals. It also reveals the substance. The pink top of this outfit has a Medieval armor-inspired plate structure, with pronounced joints, as visible through the space in the underarms. The orchid/fuchsia skirt is shaped like a leaf with a tip ending in a long train. I wore a special bustle crinoline to support its shape. While the armor signifies a defensive move to cover up the body, the exposed midriff reveals the vulnerability. The masculinity of the armor contrasts and complements the ultra-femininity of the skirt. I became a torero fighting with dancing arms.