PICTURE: #12 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
VOON CHEW TALKS ABOUT HIS 12th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
1940s H.R. Macy labeled wool robe
1920s collarless striped shirt
1930s breakfast tray
1920s lusterware teapot with stackable cream and sugar bowls
Vintage 3-tiered porcelain food tray
Vintage periodicals including Better Homes & Gardens and American Home from 1920s/30s.
Kelly Wearstler’s for Sferra bedding
In hand, Brooklyn Museum: Youth & Beauty: Art Of The American Twenties catalog
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
It is uncharacteristic of me to dine in bed, but I thought it would be fun to make pretend I’m vacationing in a Bed and Breakfast or rather, a Breakfast IN Bed tucked on a quiet street in Paris. Actually the last time I DID have breakfast in bed was in Paris in 1998! The most delicious and flaky croissants I still recall.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The unusual robe was a great find. It fits perfectly and has this unusual trench-coat like design with giant buttons. The killer-detail is the art-deco fringe tassels on the ends of the robe belt.
In a scale of 1 to 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
It’s definitely a luxurious fantasy. It would be even more perfect if there was a plate of gingerbread pancakes with pumpkin butter waiting for me.
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The dark royal blue of the robe is incredibly striking, and the white buttons definitely stand out more because of it. It’s almost expected for robes to feel more roomy, so for this to fit so well was an added bonus.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
The robe is elegant and presentable even to run down the hall for laundry or to pick up the mail in the lobby.
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?
On this particular morning, I decided to treat myself to breakfast in bed, which in itself is a miracle. Another miracle was winning the Best 1920s Costume (alongside Michael Haar) for the Youth & Beauty: Art of the American Twenties) contest organized by the Brooklyn Museum. In this picture I’m flipping through the exhibition catalog, which they so graciously sent to me as a prize.