PICTURE: #6 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
PATRICIA MEARS TALKS ABOUT HER 6th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Yohji Yamamoto designed the suit. The shoes are by Cole Hahn with Nike Air Technology.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I just put the suit on and it fit me perfectly. This pair of shoes, though not a high style designer brand, has been a workhorse in my closet and works well with the suit.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The shoes were bought years after the suit; they happened to work well together. There was no pre-planning.
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I love this ensemble and think it is one of my best so I rate it a 9.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The tweed, loose collar and peplum make me feel like I am wearing a Christian Dior suit from around 1950. But Yohji infused his version a bit of deconstruction with none of the heavy corseting of Dior was known for. His take on the historicism works well
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear this suit several times per year.
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?
This suit was the first Yohji garment I ever bought. It was purchased while I was working on an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum (where I was the assistant curator in charge of its vast costume and textile collection now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) entitled Japonism in Fashion. I fell in love with Yohji’s work, especially pieces that reference mid-century masters such as Christian Dior. While the vast majority of my Yohji objects have been given away, I still hold onto treasures like this one.