#3 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
VOON CHEW TALKS ABOUT HIS 3rd OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular out fit?
1940s two-tone gabardine jacket
Peter Som gunmetal pants
Donna Karan micro-knit long sleeve (not shown) sheer
Patriotic scarf, 1940s
Pattern socks, sheer
1940s navy cream suitcase
WWII Valentines scarf hanging on suitcase
1930s celluloid pin
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I love gabardine jackets and it’s harder to find two-tone versions, so it was thrilling to find it in one of my favorite combinations: muted pink and grey.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Quite spontaneous. It was easy to keep with the color scheme, and complement the jacket with the long sleeve knit and pants. I have had these Peter Som pants for years! They are fantastic in tailoring and cut and as you can see there is some fraying at the hem but I don’t mind it so much. Mr. Som pays a lot of attention to his designs, even in things you don’t see from the outside, like piping detail on the pant-lining and the inside of the pockets which were a deep purple.
In a scale of 1 to 10, how pleased are you with this composition/ outfit?
It’s subtle and quiet. If I were trying to spruce up the look in this photo I would toss in a vase of peonies or flowering quince stems in the background. Wish I had thought of that. I wished I had axed the scarf as it detracted too much from the contrast lapels of the jacket.
What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Pink and grey together is a tried and true color combination, so perhaps I’m not being particularly imaginative, but I wanted to show an edited side of me. When I first got the jacket, I was concerned it was clearly women’s jacket and the silhouette doesn’t exactly work for a guy, but I had a discussion with my friend Adam Brozowski, and he replied with, “Don’t think of the jacket as for a woman, or for a man, but wear the jacket as for Voon!” I just loved him for it.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would like to try the jacket with a newsboy hat and much baggier high-waisted pants the next time and see what happens.
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?
The 1940s era intrigues me. Wartime really affected how clothing was designed—it involved rationing of fabrics and materials, and the decadent clothing/beading from the 1930s were frowned upon, so 1940s clothing became more practical and all-purpose. People got inventive, making clothing out of feed-sacks for example which appealed to me. So every button and pleating on this 1940s jacket may have been “negotiated”. I purposely chose this amazing scarf dated 1942 for this photograph as it has this rare print of humorous love letters written from an army officer to his sweetheart for every day of the week. Excerpted from one of the letters – “Tuesday. Sweetheart…It wasn’t easy for me to say, Things in a very romantic way…I’m such an ordinary guy…There’s not much use to even try! But I love you so, I’m kinda wacky…Be true to me…Your Boy, In Khaki!