+  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 8th outfit. #8 in twelve acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
This stunning ribbon silk-faille gown is by Oscar de la Renta. I decided to pair it with antique-silver Manolo Blahnik sandals and a swan- shaped beaded Judith Leiber minaudiere. A green paper fan purchased at Exhale Spa was added for amusement. Jewelry added; Van Cleef and Arpels diamond drop earrings and a Buccellati diamond watch.



How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I love the dress and wore it when I chaired the 2011 Southampton Hospital Gala. Naturally, I have very many fond memories related to this dress. The fan and bag add a summer influence. The upswept hair-do bares the shoulders and works well with the earrings.



Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I have worn the dress before but with other accessories. For this second wearing I pretended to be Madame Pierre Gautreau, otherwise known as Madame X, the famous subject of John Singer Sargent’s paintings. The painting is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.



On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I love this outfit and rate it a 10.


What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The ribbons on the silk faille fabric and the sculpted shape of dress create an old- world romantic mood. The white and soft green colors add to the grace and beauty of the outfit.



How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
An often as possible.


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 have wonderful memories associated with the dress. It will always remind me of my very positive experience working as a volunteer with Southampton Hospital to chair their galas in 2011 and 2010. Health care for all is critically important. It was a great honor to chair this gala two years in a row.


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9 Responses to special guest/JEAN SHAFIROFF: talks about her 8th outfit. #8 in twelve acts

  1. Dawne says:

    A vision of beauty!!! Jean, you look magnificent — your hair, make-up, gown, and minaudiere are all so lovely.

  2. Dawne says:

    Have a happy Mother’s Day!!

  3. Tom says:

    beautiful colors. Perfect for spring and a perfect weather day. The belle of any ball.

  4. Oksana says:

    Timeless beauty, fresh and lovely~

  5. linda henley says:

    Again, another wonderful dress, beautifully executed. And, you are partial to green!

  6. Penny says:

    Elegant and regal, Jean.

  7. Jean,
    I remember that evening well and how beautiful you looked at the Gala. I like how you have accessorized this dress in a new way. This is one of my favorite looks on you. It is festive, classy and happy..just like you are!

  8. Steve Bernstein says:

    A vision to behold-and a wonderful ambassador for Southampton Hospital!

  9. Rich says:

    I want to meet you Jean!

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