PICTURE: #13 IN SIXTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
LUCIA HWONG GORDON TALKS ABOUT HER 13th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Traditional classic silk cheongsam of my grandmother’s from the 1960’s
Vintage Sergio Rossi pink crystal sandals
Diamond earrings and pink tourmaline ring from Istanbul
Rhinestone hairpin from Hong Kong
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I love the simplicity of the hot pink and jade green accents of this cheongsam.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The cheongsam has had a history since the 60’s. I let the dress do the talking. I change the look through accessories, with more whimsical or outrageous earrings.
On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
9. I was respecting the traditional style. I could take it farther out with more outrageous accessories!
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Love the hot pink color and traditional Chinese shape. The silk fabric drapes with grace and ease. I was inspired by the contemporary cheongsams at Shanghai Tang and decided to have the sleeves cut off to create a sexier halter cut.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
When I travel, I use this as a back-up evening dress to international parties because it packs so beautifully and is always appropriate and elegant no matter where I am.
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 love this cheongsam because it was my grandmother’s and I imagine all the lovely places she went wearing this dress!