+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 6th outfit. #6 in twelve acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The outfit is very simple. It consists of an intricately beaded and sequined sleeveless Nanette Lepore mini-dress, black satin Christian Louboutin platform pumps and a Judith Leiber beaded black clutch.


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Quite simply, I thought of how I might dress if I were hosting a late night intimate dinner at home.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
This was spontaneously thrown together. I imagined that a few unexpected guests were at my door.


On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
In view of the hurried circumstances, I would rate it 7. I would rate the beadwork on the dress a 9.


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The beading on the dress is extraordinarily complicated—a work of art. Several colors are combined to create an exotic Eastern look; antique gold, bright turquoise, deep red, black and a number of other colors. The colors and the varied texture of the beaded fabric combine to create a subdued canvas. The dress is very textural and, for the occasion, perfect. The fit of a garment always plays a major role in what I wear. The dress is quite short and best for wearing at home. The subtlety of the accessories allows the dress to standout.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
As often as occasion allows.


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 one to dream in and all good dreams bring us to higher places. I respect the workmanship and give honor to those who created the extraordinary beading on the dress.


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12 Responses to special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 6th outfit. #6 in twelve acts

  1. Martin says:

    The dress and model are perfect! It has a simple, but refined elegance.

  2. mICHAEL g says:

    This shows how Ms. Shafiroff can represent any region of the world. This dress reminds me of an Indian influence. She is ready for a meeting with the Maharaji himself. She really looks super.

  3. Natascha says:

    What I love about this outfit is that it manages to be glamorous with only a few striking, pitch-perfect elements – dress, shoes and hair. Not a single accessory needed. It’s rare that someone can pull that off…and in a hurry at that!

  4. Tom says:

    Que chic and sexy. One of the best so far. Looking forward.

  5. Kayla says:

    I absolutely love this dress, and Jean wears it fabulously!!

  6. Pat says:

    Although it will turn heads, it will do so with an understated sophistication.

  7. Debbie says:

    The outfit has a striking effect. The colors are very appealing. Jean I must say you do look like an Indian princess. An aristocracy woman with lots of social privileges. Love it.

  8. Oksana says:

    Fabulous look- dreamy and luxuriant.

  9. c perkins says:

    Cool,Casual,Classy,and Creative,great combination with the shoes wearable to any event.

  10. Pat says:

    classic even in simple clothes. Looks like it wasn’t planned but certainly no less appealing.

  11. Don V says:

    Very smart and spophisticated look.

  12. Dawne says:

    Jean, you look like a pretty Indian princess. This dress is stunning on a stunning woman. All the details are in the dress and I agree with your choice to not wear any competing jewelry. This is a beautiful picture.

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