PICTURE: #4 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
JEAN SHAFIROFF TALKS ABOUT HER 4th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The outfit revolves around a silk multi-colored “gumdrop” dress designed by Fabiola Arias . The shoes are platform peep-toe brushed gold designed by Domenico Vacca. This jewel of a minaudiere was designed by Clara Kasavina and is constructed from faux-antique gold and faux-gems. It is designed with a beautiful flower motif. The charm bracelet was purchased at an antique fair in West Palm Beach. The earrings were purchased at Bergdorf Goodman in the 1980’s and are made of hammered faux-gold with faux aquamarine and faux peridot jewels.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
The New York designer Fabiola Arias had wanted to experiment with color. I trusted her judgment and believed in her concept. She decided to use multi-colored candy colored silk pieces to compose the dress. I was thrilled with the finished outcome. Accessories were chosen to compliment the playfulness and color tones on the dress.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The accessories were planned ahead of time and the dress was designed in collaboration with Fabiola Arias. Fabiola wanted to create a dress with unique colors. I liked her concept and decided to work with her.
On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I rate the outfit a 9 because of its uniqueness of color and because of its youthful spirit.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
I love the mix of yellow, turquoise and bright pink. The colors create a fresh feel. The vibrant colors and rounded dots of silk remind me of gumdrops. The construction and fit are young and playful.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I have never worn the dress and I’m looking forward to wearing it very soon. I will most likely wear it to a charity ball in May.
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?
The dress is a creation of a young, 25-year old Cuban American designer who I have worked with on a number of dresses. It is a great pleasure to collaborate with Fabiola and to give a young designer, as talented as she, a budget for creative design.