PICTURE: #12 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: JEAN SHAFIROFF TALKS ABOUT HER 12th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The ball gown revolves around a dress designed and customized by Victor de Souza. What makes this regal but modern dress so special is its combination of color, fabric and workmanship. The color of the gown is an extraordinary cobalt blue—similar to lapis lazuli. The main fabric of the dress is a beautiful silk French lace, and the train of the gown is a wonderful origami draping of cobalt blue silk-satin. The dress is a stand out on its own but I accessorized it with a contrasting red Oscar de la Renta clutch. Jewelry and hair had to be simple. The bracelet worn is a diamond and sapphire bangle by Van Cleef and Arpels and the drop earrings are sapphire and diamond with French marks.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
The dress is unique in color and design. It required very simple but elegant accessories. I imagined that I was preparing to attend a very
grand ball in a French court hundreds of years ago.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The outfit was planned ahead. A woman preparing to attend a French ball hundreds of years ago would have certainly planned ahead.
On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I rate the outfit a 9. It is unique and unforgettable.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Color, fit and integrity played a major role. These 3 elements are key to fine style.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
It was worn about three weeks ago to the Lenox Neighborhood House Gala in New York. I plan to wear it once this month to a charity gala. Then I will wait at least 6 months or so.
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?
Victor de Souza and I worked on the dress together for quite some time. Victor would not deliver it to me until it was perfect. We had a great time together. My husband was involved too; he loved the experience as well.