PICTURE: #16 IN SIXTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
TZIPORAH SALAMON TALKS ABOUT HER 16th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Turkish striped robe with metal embroidered border from the late 1800’s that I found at the flea market
1920’s silk pants slip with rich embroidery from the Manhattan vintage show
Early 1900’s turban with silver embroidery in metal strips from Maharashtra, India bought at the Art of Pacific Asia show
Bakelite earrings from the pier show.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
When I saw the robe, my heart stopped. I had longed for it for years as I stared into Matisse’s “Purple Robe and Anemones” in which the model is wearing such a robe, a replica of which has been hanging on my wall for 40 years.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The outfit took work. Once I had the robe I had to find the right item to wear underneath. I experimented with different things for a year but I finally found it in my storage unit where I pulled out the silk pants slip, which was perfect. The elaborate turban just seemed the appropriate topper for such a rich robe.
On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The color of the robe – rich crimson with white stripes is so regal and vibrant and the sheen and fine embroidered lace of the silk slip is so exquisite that they enhance one another. And the regal turban is just the needed finishing touch.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I want to live in this outfit and will wear it every chance I get, provided I am wearing it with a different audience.
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? I am so happy in this outfit. It is by far my favorite outfit right now. I feel like I am living in a Matisse painting when I wear it and Matisse is absolutely my favorite. The outfit, like his paintings, brings me such joy.