PICTURE: #6 IN SIXTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
TZIPORAH SALAMON TALKS ABOUT HER 6th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Early 1900’s Chinese pleated skirt converted into a jumper Early 1900’s Cloud Chinese collar
Green cotton Bergdorf Goodman sweater
Elisa Palomino flower hat
Jimmy Choo shoes
Issey Miyaki bag
Vintage ivory bracelets
Vintage king fisher feathers earrings .
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
The outfit started with the jumper which I got at the Art of the Pacific Asia Show in NY a few years ago. Jon Eric Riis, the vendor who sold it to me, told me that the woman who owned it lived in China in the 20’s where she bought the skirt and had the tailor add the top piece to convert it to a jumper. I just loved the embroidery and the color combination – green and blue have always been a favorite. The plainness of the cotton-added-piece seemed a bit too humble for the richness of the thick gorgeous silk of the skirt so by adding the silk and fringed collar it enriched the cotton top. The accessories all added to the overall look and composition.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It took years for all the components to come together. The earrings, which really completed the outfit and make it pop were the last items that I found. My friend Linda Pastorino of Singkiang converted the feathers into earrings. She is the best resource for antique Asian accessories.
On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
9 – I need to work on the bracelets. It could be better.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Color is everything in this outfit. The green/blue combination is so vibrant and fresh and the crème border works with the crème of the collar, the crème hat and the crème bracelet.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear this outfit on special occasions. It’s a celebratory outfit.
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 feel like a Chinese empress when I wear this. It’s so lush and the feel of the thick silk against my legs is heavenly.