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special guest/PAT CLEVELAND: talks about her 5th outfit. #5 in ten acts




What items did you use to compose this particular out fit?
My French silver sandals by Christian Louboutin,  a gift; and my James Bond tuxedo pants suit—except this one is ultra feminine version— a gift from Stephen Burrows.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an out fit?
First of all I love the soft color; second, Tyra Banks invited me as a guest to appear on her TV talk show, so I thought since I would be sitting in a chair for the interview it would be best to wear pants, that way my legs would be covered, and I could sit comfortable, without worrying that my skirt would be rising up. With the pants on I could concentrate better on the interview—this is practical thinking.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?  
When I wear this outfit I usually plan it by the weather and color of the day, but I never wear it  on a rainy day, I hate the hems of my pants to get wet.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/ outfit?
This will forever be my number 10 tuxedos!

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular out fit?
Stephen who created this outfit, is a master of color. I love silk and these silk pants are sensational—REALLY! There is nothing as beautiful as the feeling of silk caressing the body, it is warm when it needs to be warm and cool as a breeze when it needs to cool you off… silk is a servant to the sense of touch.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Whenever the occasion calls for a glamorous business look.

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?
Since the pants suit came into style for women, I have had a hard time with that heavy masculine look, but with this particular garment I feel I can still be feminine. Softness in clothing is very important to me. And feeling touchable, and being open to a hug is part of what my clothes have to do for me. I like to feel the other person through my clothing, I get all emotional—in a bad way—if my clothing is too constricting, the days of the corset are over…and love is in the air… so even if I am in a tuxedo, pants suit, there is still room to feel like me, free in body, mind and spirit!!!

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2 Responses to special guest/PAT CLEVELAND: talks about her 5th outfit. #5 in ten acts

  1. ghurron briscoe says:

    Ms. Pat Cleveland is so sanguine with her outfit no.5. Such stylistic diction! -Dandy ghurron briscoe

  2. Deloris Gaskins says:

    This is one classy lady!

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