PICTURE: #9 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
JEAN SHAFIROFF TALKS ABOUT HER 9th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
This Lisa Perry color-blocked dress is paired with a black alligator Hermes Kelly bag and orange plastic drop hoop earrings by Jennifer Miller. I completed this outfit with a pair of black leather Christian Louboutin pumps.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
The outfit is very classic 1960’s. It certainly could have been worn then.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The outfit was composed ahead of time and worn with different accessories. For this dress, the Hermes bag and black shoes were added for color and texture.
On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I love the dress and would rate the outfit an overall 8.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
There are many varied colors and textures involved: the black alligator bag, the black leather shoes, the brightly colored stretch jersey dress and the bright orange plastic earrings. Color and texture play a major role. The a-line shaped dress is a perfect fit.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
The outfit is very retro and, hence, so much fun to wear. The dress colors are lively and bright. The earrings are very playful. I will wear it again when the occasion is appropriate.
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 first time I wore this outfit was to the Couture Council’s Annual Luncheon in September 2009. I have subsequently become a board member of the Couture Council of f F.I.T. This dress reminds me of my wonderful beginnings with the very special Couture Council.
Not quite a cat on a hot tin roof, say, but Jean’s perch is considerably high—4ft or about. I was rather impressed by the grace and ease by which she managed to—unassisted—lift herself up there in one quick movement, on such a high window ledge. Ah! beneath all that grace, beauty and chic, is one particularly fit woman. To be sure, her BS degree in Physical Therapy from Colombia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, coupled with her exercise regime is not for naught, no? And to top it off, the very way she sat—one knee perfectly folded—suggests a suppleness and flexibility of joints and limbs.