PICTURE: #2 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
PATRICIA MEARS TALKS ABOUT HER 2nd OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The suit was custom-made for me by Yeohlee. The shoes are by Arika Nerguiz, a tango shoe firm based in Montevideo, and the brooch is an antique I bought years ago. The sweater is by Ralph Lauren found it in a thrift store.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Everything was chosen to compliment the suit. Called the Ovoid jacket, it is cut from two long arcs of fabric that allow the wearer to wrap it as I have or pull it up to frame the head like a hood. I loved the gray flannel texture so pieces were chosen to compliment it. The monochromatic ensemble was punctuated with ruby patent shoes and an antique garnet brooch.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It was not really planned. I already owned the accessories by the time Yeohlee designed the suit. After I had chosen the gray tights, everything fell into place.
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I would say it is one of my best ensembles and feel it is a 9.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The color, or should I say non-color, is very important as is the flannel texture. But, the dynamic malleability of the jacket is what makes this garment a brilliant example of design.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear it often in the winter and will continue to do so for years.
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?
It is such an honor to have a designer like Yeohlee work with me. While the jacket was featured in her fall 2007 runway show, Yeohlee custom-designed the skirt. We agreed that the high waist trousers were not good for me so she came up with a piece that better suited my proportions. I grow to love this suit more and more each year.