PICTURE: #1 IN TEN ACTS
The forerunner of the cult of the super model, she and a handful of others in her generation defined and made it cogently possible for the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford to become so coveted and staggeringly well paid. What becomes a legend most? Pat Cleveland, the legendary super model. For those in the know, she needn’t an introduction, for those who are not in the know…. oh well, here she is.
In the course of the next ten days you will delight in Pat’s wit and virtuosity in elegant simplicity. She’s the first of the September special marquee featuring individuals of extraordinary sartorial note. Style is a mode of autobiography. That, plus that indefinable something sums the legend of Pat Cleveland.
Iké Udé / September 6th.
NAME: PAT CLEVELAND
Model actress singer Poet
Candle Flame White
Stephan Burrows, Karl Lagerfeld, Zac Posen, Thierry Mugler, Kenzo, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta. Halston, Valentino, Moschino, Missoni, Fendi, Zandra Rhodes, Azzedine, Jean Mure, Diane Von Furstenberg, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Ferre, Charles James, Armani, D & G, Patricia Field, St. Angelo…. etc. love them all.
My red feathered fan, my feathery g-string, my silver bracelet and necklace designed by Brynia a gift from my jewelry designer friend who lives in Iceland; Love my Goodie Two Shoes circa 1971, they made me six feet tall, I could even dance in them and especially good for dancing were my red tie at the ankle Charles Jourdans, and now my Manolo Blahnik golden string shoes light as a feather, and of course got to have them, my Sabastian Louboutin red soles.
Gardenia Pret-a-porter from a very small shop in Rome…very special…very sexy.
Marie Antionette directed by Sofia Coppola, it was full of beautiful costumes, beauty lighting, and everything was so extravagant. I especially liked the close up on the Manolo shoes in one of the scenes.
Home by the Pool.
Amsterdam, the mountains, sea side, and Lago Maggorie.
A virgin Pims.
Who is your style icon:
My inner voice.
What item of clothing would you rather starve for?
My entire wardrobe circa, 1971. (But every thing still fits so I don’t have to starve.)
What is your over all impression of how people dress in general?
Like a herd of sheep…following the leader…Ba!
And what do you recommend that they do other wise?
Know your true nature and dress according to that, not what you think someone else may approve of…. think clean and beautiful; make the world a beautiful place by dressing the best you possibly can.
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
PAT CLEVELAND TALKS ABOUT HER 1st OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular out fit?
This is a Zac Posen dress, which I love, I chose this antique crystal necklace which felt as though it fell right into place with the décolleté, the necklace was once a gift to my mother from my aunt who traveled the world as a dancer… it has good vibes…and the shoes a reminiscent of a time past with the peek-a-boo toe, it goes well with the peek-a-boo of the sleeves.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an out fit?
It just seemed like the most romantic dress to wear for this luncheon with Zac and friends.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It was spontaneous. I saw it at Zac”s atelier and knew right away it was for me and fell in love with it.
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/ outfit?
It is a 10.
What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
This is silk jersey, it is well tailored, the color is akin to a beautiful rose; what matters is what something is, not what it is called, ‘a rose by any other name…. What’s in a name? That which we call a Rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. A beautiful garment is a beautiful garment.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Definitely, I would reappear in this dress in a different country, in a different season, to give it longevity.
Personally I firmly believe that there is a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
I love the designer of this garment… love is what makes fashion have pure value for me.
As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public?
I think people in the fashion world appreciate the fact that I keep a sense of joy in the way I dress, I don’t follow the trend, I just wear beautiful clothes created by talented designers, clothes I truly love… sometimes I feel I am carrying the flag for those I love.
And how would rather the public perceive you?
As a Butterfly in the garden of fashion, just passing through.
Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
Time and money… cheap clothes just aren’t the same as designer clothes…. It’s the textiles…. Some people just give up and go live in nude colonies because they hate clothes… but not me, I’m really into textiles. The feel and the fit with cheap clothes is as different as sandpaper compared to silk…butterfly and rock…. but in the end, it is all in fashion… moving on trends, conservative, classic, etc. there are all sorts of possibilities… if you are lucky, and choose fashion as a fun thing to do…fashion helps one to stand up to life in its own honest way, dressing gives one dignity, and to respect one’s self is a great tool to begin with… as is said ‘the body is a temple’ so I say, Ladies and Gentlemen, decorate your body with joy and respect.