SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
NATHANIEL ADAMS TALKS ABOUT HIS 4th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
This outfit consists of a purple cotton Indian kurta, white cotton Indian churidar pants (wide at the top and tight at the ankles,) and a pair of Indian slippers. On the mannequin is a suit of my own design—a three piece in a gray cashmere-flannel blend with horizontal white chalk-stripes ; as well as a brown woven silk tie by Canali and a Fez my father bought for me in Marrakech.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This is a traditional Indian outfit – light cotton and perfect for summer. I pretty much wear it around the house as pyjamas or loungewear.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
This outfit was pretty spontaneous.
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 love that jewel-tone purple and the mandarin collar. And the cotton is so light, flowing, and summery.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Whenever I feel like lounging at home like a maharaja.
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 like some of my traditional Indian clothing, but I don’t really wear it out of the house because as an American it feels a little too much like a costume for me (although I might wear it in public when visiting New Delhi.) The photograph next to my head is of my great-great-grandfather, a Sikh in a formal, embroidered uniform, a gold-and-white turban, and a big bifurcated beard. He was knighted by the British during the Victorian era for his service to the Empire. I’m rather proud of my ancestors and I suppose traditional Indian clothing reminds me of them.