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special guest/PATRICIA MEARS: talks about her 5th outfit. #5 in twelve acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The linen dress is by Jean Yu and she named it “Masai.” The bangles are plastic and I bought them on EBay. The shoes are my workhorses and are by Cole Hahn with Nike Air Technology.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
As is usual with me, it starts with the primary garment. In this case it is a custom-designed piece by Jean. I needed simple and easy dresses to wear during the dog days of summer and this was her brilliant solution.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The shoes worked with the dress so no pre-planning was required. And it was Jean who suggested the bangles. What an easy and inexpensive way to accentuate the simple lines of the dress.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I love it. Thanks to Jean, I say it is a 9. Note that it is not a trendy or high impact piece. The color is muted, the texture rough, and the shape is loose. But, for those who know drape and fit, this dress is a marvel.

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The loose silhouette is important for both comfort and to accentuate my broad shoulders and narrow hips. It is reminiscent of the 1920s, a silhouette that works well on me.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear it a lot in the summer, along with other cotton dresses Jean has made for me.

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 chance to work one-on-one with Jean is such a joy. She is a marvel to watch in our fittings because she is so precise, exacting, and yet so patient. Plus, everything is made to enhance my shape and coloring. I live my dream: to work with a modern day couturier who utilizes the best methods of the past but who is planted firmly in the present.

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3 Responses to special guest/PATRICIA MEARS: talks about her 5th outfit. #5 in twelve acts

  1. Hodan says:

    lol, Masai indeed, perhaps even more of Amhari inspired traditional cloth. I love anything that drapes over me and doesn’t clink too much, so this look is just beautiful to me.

  2. Daniella Ohad Smith says:

    This is absolutely stunning. Patricia knows fashion and it shows in her selections, in the color coordination, in the forms, shapes, and the way she is wearing it all. She has an amazing style, which is based on innovation, depth, and on a great taste.

  3. Heidi says:

    Wonderful, and I love the understated color. I bet this is beautiful in motion as well.

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