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special guest/VOON CHEW: talks about his 4th outfit. #4 in twelve acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
1940s herringbone coat
1940s Stetson fedora with black/brown/grey striped grosgrain band
J. Lindeberg flight jumpsuit worn and donated by actress Kim Catrall (which I bought at the Housing Works in West Village).
Pointy tweed loafers with leather piping.
1920s canvas and leather satchel
Vintage geometric print scarf.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I was channeling Amelia Earhart and at the same time trying to see if I could avoid looking costumey. I figured that replacing an aviator helmet/flying hat and goggles with a fedora helps. Ms. Earhart was such a courageous spirit that propelled opportunities for women in the aviation industry and changed history. So why not emulate such a strong individual? I’ve always been fascinated with aviation and stunt-flying. Hopefully I’ll get to finally attend the Geneseo Airshow at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum in July, but not in this outfit of course. It’s one thing to wear this look for fun but I have a feeling it won’t translate well at the event where attendees will be wearing authentic uniforms from head to toe.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Totally spontaneous.


In a scale of 1 to 10, how pleased are you with this composition/ outfit?
It was a daring ensemble I feel would turn heads especially with so much detail on the flight jumpsuit. If people ask, I’ll just say I’m taking a break from being on the set of Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow.


What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Who knew that Kim Catrall and I are so similar in fit? I love herringbone in contrast with black faux=fur trim on the coat, the distressed muted grey/green on the jumpsuit complements the rest of the ensemble. I purposely wore the coat like a cape (as though I’m ready to take flight)? and to also show off the detailing on the jumpsuit.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
The jumpsuit will only make rare appearances but everything else will be worn more regularly.

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 was a big fan of the HBO series, Sex & The City and have watched every episode and admired all four actresses and the characters they played. So to own a really cool item of clothing that caught Kim Catrall’s eye in the first place is just really exciting to me.

I also have another hilarious memory of wearing this jumpsuit for a Halloween and swing dancing with a few of my pals including Justin Hileman who was dressed in this insanely elaborate lion tamer/ring leader jacket (the epaulets alone!) and carrying a cracking whip too; Rik Panganiban as a Thriller zombie and Rachel McMullin as a super sexy Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman watch out!). Gotta love Halloween.

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3 Responses to special guest/VOON CHEW: talks about his 4th outfit. #4 in twelve acts

  1. Roger Pauner says:

    WOW! This is quite stunning indeed. The male version of SATC. Although I have to wonder……is this a costume or an outfit??

  2. Lauren says:

    That jumpsuit fits you PERFECTLY. Gorgeous and daring. Love it.

  3. Marlo Gamora says:

    I absolutely love the jumpsuit! If only there was one my size! Rocker/Greaser/Mechanic/ meets high fashion/grace!

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