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special guest/PAT CLEVELAND: talks about her 6th outfit. #6 in ten acts




What items did you use to compose this particular out fit?  
Sometimes I like separate pieces of clothing to mix and match and since it was a Monday, on a very hot day when I was invited to the New York Food Film Festival, by my friend Tom, to see the film documentary, Florent Queen of the Meat Market.  I was feeling very Smurf so…I decided to go as fresh as could be; I chose this sherbet fresh Peyo Smurf light blue top, with its modern mutton-shape sleeve, flecked with little slices of key lime green and shards of various colors—this recipe, as it were,  did the trick for me, I felt deliciously cool and got lots of complements on this look, which felt good, and all because I chose the right thing to put on my body, all I needed after all was a fresh Zarzaparrilla drink to go with the outfit.  Oh yes and these are my Italian hand made Umberto Romagnole’s, very comfortable.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an out fit?
I organize my clothing by color of the day, since it was a Monday ‘Green day’ for me, I just popped to the green section in my closet and chose something green—it doesn’t have to be all green but just a touch somewhere on my body will do… for me organization is the key to dressing in my universe.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I planned it ahead of time but composed in such a manner as though it was a “spontaneous-order-out-of-chaos” sort of thing, you see. Self-organization, or an evolution through planning and keeping an eye on my wardrobe… enables me to it together quickly.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/ outfit?  
Well if it were music, it would be a 10 as much as a spring allegro, Vivaldi’s opus 8 in D major, a ten for the flute and violin musicality that lives in this outfit and in my imagination that is.

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular out fit?
I use color for sensations on the eye, sort of like a therapeutic thing I do. If I wear the color of the day, I think in that color of the day, and the Chakra or force centers, corresponds with one another and give me energy. I also use color for its vividness, to enhance the pigmentation of my skin. I love brightly colored things because color gives my life shades of meaning.  The fabric which Stephen Burrows chose to construct these pieces have lots of integrity because he uses finely woven mixtures of cotton and silk, which fits perfectly on my body and feels divine on the skin. Once, Stephen told me he was a mummy wrapper in one of his past lives. How does it get any better than this?  I’m in heaven wearing his clothes.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Oh yes, this is a rotation of at least three times in a season, depending on the occasion. For me this outfit is timeless as are many of my clothes; I wear them for years, and they seem to be reborn every time I wear them, depending on when, where, how, and with whom I wear them…lovingly.

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?
Definitely there is a spiritual aspect to dressing, dressing is an expression of the soul.  Emotionally, being emotive is the key, showing ones passion in the way one dresses, also helps to arouse passion, there is definitely an intense feeling I get when I dress for an event, or even just for the day, it is like putting on my second skin.  Intellectually, well of course there is reasoning, even though it might seem all sort of abstract. Psychological and in my opinion the body is one of the greatest works of art and clothes on the body are akin to an abstract work of art.


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3 Responses to special guest/PAT CLEVELAND: talks about her 6th outfit. #6 in ten acts

  1. ghurron briscoe says:

    Hi, Ms Pat Cleveland prides herself on organization & opulence, for various occassions; Know matter of her smurf moments! -Dandy(ghurron briscoe)

  2. Jarvis Jones says:

    I love how Pat organizes her closet,,,,,,,,,,by color…..a wonderful way to pull outfits together. How Pat views dressing is a good way to view life,…. expression of the soul …spiritual …intellectually and emotionally with passion….Jarvis Jones (Jarvis)

  3. Wei Mei says:

    Pat is art in motion. What an inspiration!

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