PICTURE: #7 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
PATRICIA MEARS TALKS ABOUT HER 7th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The coat was designed by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection. The boots are by Dries van Noten.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Usually, when, I wear this Balenciaga-inspired, wedge shaped coat made from thick, felted wool, I keep everything else very simple except for a bright pop of color. The tights were the only thing I needed to enliven the look without distracting from the coat’s dramatic shape.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The coat is a winter staple so I wear it over many things. As such, the only composition I need to keep in mind it the color of my tights and the type of footwear to choose. Its creation is very spontaneous.
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
The coat is marvelous. But, I always ponder the other elements, so my assessment can range from a 7 to a 9. Here, I think it is an 8.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The coat is a piece of sculpture. The thick felted wool is the most important feature as the shape relies on the fabric’s density. It is dark but the use of blue rather than black gives the coat added visual dimension. I need not worry about fit and can wear a wide range of shapes underneath it.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
During the colder months, I wear this coat regularly. It is a staple.
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?
Even though it is a contemporary piece, its reliance on the vocabulary of Balenciaga is evident. I love the way Francisco was able to evoke the modernist past to craft such a malleable and wearable garment for today.