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special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 12th outfit. #12 in twelve acts





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.

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17 Responses to special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 12th outfit. #12 in twelve acts

  1. Penny says:

    The train of the gown is goreous, unique in design and color. Victor de Souza’s attention to detail in workmanship is evident in the final product. It compliments you, Jean, perfectly. One of a kind creation for a one of a kind great New York woman. C’est magnifique.

  2. linda henley says:

    omg, omg, this is s-o-m-e dress. Scarlet O’hara would be green with envy. Great way to end a wonderful array of a dozen smashing outfits!

  3. Laura Martin says:

    BREATHTAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Linda is right Scarlet O’hara would be green with envy. The color is soooo unique. Chic Chic Chic

  4. Bella... says:

    One of the most astonishing pieces I have seen !!!
    Victor de Souza is for sure The NEXT BIG THING in the fashion world !
    Im sure he will be compared to some of the greatest !

  5. Kitty Zayas says:

    This dress is exquisite. A phenomenal color on Jean. Très chic!

  6. Valentina says:

    One Word !!!!


    Im left speechless. beyond beautiful!!!

  7. Travis says:

    As always De Souza creates a masterpiece, she looks breathtaking! That color blue is delicious. She is flawless.

  8. Jorge Santiago says:

    Me encanta su estilo. Este vestido es increible. – Jorge

  9. Mario says:

    Very exquisite dress worn by a beautiful woman. The color perfectly enhanced her color of hair and jewelry. Exceptional work! Well done!!

  10. Pat says:

    pleasing to the eye in yet another way

  11. Dawne says:

    I have eagerly anticipated and loved all of Jean Shafiroff’s looks this past 12 days and once again she did not disappoint. Jean looks extraordinary in this vibrant cobalt blue Victor de Souza creation — I just love the detail of the fine italian lace. The neckline of the dress is tailored beautifully to flatter the decollete, and the use of the complementary cobalt blue color in the train adds that pop of unexpectedness that makes this ball gown a chic and unique work of art. Jean’s hair is sleek, elegant and flawless; it flatters her face beautifully and complements the artistry of this well-constructed gown.

    Victor de Souza is a fabulously talented designer; he is like an Oscar de la Renta with an Alexander McQueen edge. Victor combines detail, elegance and sophistication with the slighty unexpected to create a unique style and sensibility. This creation appears to tell a story of the vision that Victor and Jean had, and it is executed to perfection. Kudos to both.

  12. ANN says:

    beautiful dress worn by a most beautiful woman. have loved all the series of beauty and style.

  13. Tiffany says:

    That dress turned out amazing!!!!!!!! I remember putting the final sewing touches on it. Jean looks beautiful and Victor is brilliant!!!

  14. Oksana says:

    Fabulous dress, royal beauty!

  15. Jamie says:

    Jean is a stunning woman whose outward beauty is matched by her inward beauty. She is extremely generous philanthropic! A pleasure to know her.

  16. c perkins says:

    Lovely dress,looking very classy,nice color also.

  17. TOm says:

    again gorgeous. great look

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