SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
CHIU-TI JANSEN TALKS ABOUT HER 9th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Madeline Gruen custom-designed fire engine red romper playsuit in silk shantung with ombre fuzzy plume tail
-Multi-color carnelian and other gemstones embellished drop earrings from Spain
-Charlotte Olympia Dolly suede pumps in burgundy and gold braided rope embellishments
-Kenny Ma gold woven chain handbag with gold satin lining and gold metal leaf fringes
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I wanted a dress that combines a light-hearted romper with an exaggerated, sculptural train.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Madeline and I worked over three months, with multiple fittings, on this dress.
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?
I added the gold elements from the accessories (shoes and handbag) to the different shades of red. This color combination—seen, for instance, in traditional Chinese firecrackers—signaled auspiciousness in the imperial China.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Probably not for a while.
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?
As an art form, flamenco seduces me with its tormented, bittersweet passion. The high-low dress structure, necessary to enable the dance movements, is a great flamenco inspiration, which one often sees in the designs of Cristabol Balenciaga and Oscar de la Renta. I have studied many forms of dance, including Argentine tango, but unfortunately flamenco is not one of them. This dress articulates the passion, emotion and yearning that one finds in the flamenco dance movements and the accompanying music. The romper subverts the generic expectation of a flamenco dress.