PICTURE: #11 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
PATRICIA MEARS TALKS ABOUT HER 11th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Items from 2 of my favorite designers—the cape is by Jean Yu and the low bustle dress is by Yeohlee. Shoes are by Comme il Faut.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I wanted to create a double bubble shape with volume on both the top and the bottom. I do not have a model’s slender build and am broad shouldered and rather strong. My build allows me to wear such voluminous pieces without being overwhelmed.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Like most of my ensembles, it was composed spontaneously. Although I acquired both garments around the same time, they were not bought to be worn together.
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
Because of the sculptural quality, I rate this ensemble a 9.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
I do like the cape’s interplay of black-and-white. But it is the cut of black fabric—silk faille for the dress and organza/mohair for the cape—that give the ensemble its light but sculpted quality and ability to work in unison.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I plan to wear the ensemble to a holiday party soon. The cape is a bit more versatile so I can wear with other pieces year round.
There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
I am a great believer in the designer as craftsperson. My philosophy as a curator is that couture construction, an often over-looked aspect of fashion, is crucial to advancing knowledge in our field. To work with contemporary creators like Jean Yu and Yeohlee is one of the great personal enrichments in my life. They teach me so much and I know better how to appreciate the masters of the past because of them.