+  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/PAT CLEVELAND: talks about her 10th outfit. #10 in ten acts




What items did you use to compose this particular out fit?
A pair of shoes and a little dress.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an out fit?
It was a hot day and I had a long car ride from the country to the city all I wanted was comfort… this dress did the trick.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It was spontaneous a quick fit, the feeling of throwing on a perfect tea shirt, so simple…a grab and run outfit.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/ outfit?
I would wear it everyday, but I don’t want to destroy it, it is precious to me.

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular out fit?
This fabric is from India, it is a joyful Bhandain tie die, very soft, light as a feather, and the color pops like energy.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
As often as I can, it would be worth finding summer places in the world so that I could wear it all year long.

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 being able to move freely in my clothes, so much so I have even done Yoga in this dress, no problem, this dress has very good vibes… and when I feel good, the world is a beautiful place…  this is one of the things I believe, and this dress I believe helps to make my personal world beautiful.


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