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special guest/PATRICIA MEARS: talks about her 12th outfit. #12 in twelve acts







What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
A pale blue silk Delphos gown and a moss green printed velvet jacket, both by Fortuny. The pattern on the jacket was inspired by Hispano-Moresque woven silks dating back more than 1,000.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This ensemble, dating to the 1920s by my estimation, was probably put together by the original wearer; I bought it decades ago, along with a few other vintage pieces, from the same vendor.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I do not know. As noted above, a woman long ago made the decision when she composed this ensemble.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
It is a historical treasure. It is a 10.

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Mariano Fortuny was the master of color and print. Not really a fashion designer as his pleated Delphos gowns and T-shaped jackets never changed in the 30 years he created clothing, the pieces are a testament to Fortuny’s gift as a painter and alchemist. So, shape and fit are determined by the wearer’s own body. How modern!

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I hardly ever wear it. Once in a great while, I put on the dress and jacket at home for a few moments. It is just too fragile and precious to wear so it is conserved in a linen box. The only other person who has ever seen me wear these garments is my husband. The pieces prove that beautiful clothing need not be presented for public consumption.

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?
The ensemble connects me to the past when an artisanal approach to dress was important in all aspects of life. Fortuny’s tea-gowns and at-home jacket were almost exclusively meant to be worn in the intimacy of a woman’s private spaces.


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8 Responses to special guest/PATRICIA MEARS: talks about her 12th outfit. #12 in twelve acts

  1. Heidi says:

    What a wonderful ensemble. Thank you for sharing it with us. Don’t you crave more information on the original owners of your vintage pieces? I do…and I enjoyed trying to imagine this being worn in the 1920s. Your pose is just the perfect evocation to help my thoughts rolling.

  2. Voon says:

    I love that you are sharing with us this precious and fragile ensemble which as you said otherwise is mostly hidden from public eye. Stunning!

  3. Pepper says:

    You certainly saved the best for last!

  4. I so enjoyed each and every one of your outfits. Simply stunning! Your curatorial choices are testimonial to your refined taste and vast knowledge and your comments are so insightful and informative. Thank you for the sumptuous feast!

  5. Cheryll says:

    Thank you for bringing such luxury out to share with the masses. We’re all the better for the beauty we behold.

  6. Palmer Hill says:

    Have not had a chance to check out Chic Index for a couple of weeks. Great to return and see this ensemble. Fortuny is the ultimate and Patricia looks amazing. Just super.

  7. gretchen says:

    Be still my heart! This is a John Singer Sargent for the 21st century. What an achingly beautiful portrait. Patricia is gorgeous.

  8. jean says:

    Classic beauty and so chic. The simplicity of the your dress creates beautiful style!

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