PICTURE: #15 IN SIXTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
TZIPORAH SALAMON TALKS ABOUT HER 15th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
-Vintage Chinese minority pants that I found in the flea market
-Antique beaded vest made from the top of an antique –Afghanistan dress that my brother gave me for my last birthday
-Berry color Comme de Garcons T shirt
-Vintage Chinese minority belt taken off a Chinese minority apron purchased at the flea market
-Antique Bai minority woman’s hat from the early 1900’s that I bought at the Art of Pacific Asia Show worn over a beaded 1920’s skull cap from the flea market
-Turkoman silver/gold cuff with carnelian purchased in an antique shop in Jerusalem
-1920’s Tadjik paisley earrings of silver, turquoise and coral purchased from Singkiang
-Robert Clergerie sandals from Bergdorf Goodman, Wolford pink leggings, bag made of vintage Central Asia woven fabrics, purchased at a thrift store.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I had the pants for years but had nothing to wear with them until this past birthday when I received the vest. It went perfectly with the pants, I just needed to put the t-shirt underneath and find the appropriate belt to hide the elasticized waist of the pants. The rest of the accessories all fell into place.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It took years to complete this outfit.
On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I’d give it a 7. I am not totally satisfied with the T-shirt underneath the vest and am looking for a better option.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
There is so much color in this outfit that it is crucial to have it all be in harmony. I chose to work with the hot pink of the pants, balanced by the dark blue of the pants’ background and hats.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would wear it whenever I went to an ethnic affair. I last wore it to the Tribal Show in NY and will wear it at the White Hawk show in Santa Fe – both places where people really appreciate indigenous dress.
There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress.
What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit? Whenever I wear this outfit I feel very connected to the earth and ancient civilizations. I love wearing hand-made clothing not only because of its beauty but because it allows me to feel connected to the makers of the clothing and appreciate the craft and labor that went into it.