The Art of Dressing with Tziporah Salamon

The Art of Dressing with Tziporah Salamon

Do you follow rules of dressing?

Do you believe in rules of dressing?

  • How to dress your age
  • How to dress to look sexy
  • How to dress to impress

How about~

How to dress to please yourself? 

The Art of Dressing with Tziporah Salamon

Demonstrating one of her many head wraps

Last weekend I went to Tziporah Salamon’s, “The Art of Dressing” seminar in San Francisco. It was held in her friend’s living room, where they served a lovely Rose tea. (on my list to find)

Tziporah was born in Israel. Her mother was an accomplished dressmaker. Her father, a renowned tailor who survived the 2nd World War by sewing the Nazi’s uniforms.

Many years later her father worked at Bergdorf Goodman. It was there, Tziporah was discovered by Bill Cunningham, the legendary New York Times fashion and society photographer. He would see her coming to visit her father, and started capturing her amazing outfits.

The Art of Dressing with Tziporah Salamon

demonstrating the art of pattern layering

Her clothes and accessories were organized and lined up in the adjoining room. It was like looking into a fabulous boutique window. You couldn’t touch, but really wanted to!

And so we began. Tziporah would begin each outfit with a base piece, then “make it better”. She would layer, add embellishments and accessorize until the outfit was “done”. The point at which she knew it to be perfect. This is her art!

The Art of Dressing with Tziporah Salamon

the quintessential hat and vintage sunglasses


A long time collector of vintage clothing, textiles and accessories, she is an artist! An outfit artist. A visual artist. She delighted us with her sparkling personality and honesty.

A modern woman, wearing incredible clothing. Her look is enchanting, It escapes time and trend.


The Art of Dressing with Tziporah Salamon

The art of bangles. Always in odd numbers. Always on both wrists.


Some quotes from Tziporah:


“I usually dress for comfort, who I’m going to see and where I’m going. But I’m always well dressed.”

“I ask myself, do I want to have this in my wardrobe for life? If the answer is no, I don’t buy it”.

“I do this for me. If you get pleasure from it, that’s a bonus'”

“The hat is the exclamation point on an outfit.”

“It’s remarkable how many doors open because you’re well dressed.”

“Know your body and always buy good shoes.”

“Earrings are the most important accessory, because they frame your face.”

“There’s a lot of bad fashion out there for women. Bad editorial content.” (Fashion magazines)

“We are really at a place where the emperor has no clothes, and no one’s saying it. I’m saying it!”

“The way some women showed up at China: Through The Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was a wound through my heart.”

“It was a slap in the face to the Metropolitan Museum.”

“ALWAYS buy quality over quantity!”


The Art of Dressing with Tziporah Salamon

confection in pink Vintage Raffia Hat and Pongee Silk Pajamas


Her humor shines through her creations. This woman is an amazing artist. I was spellbound to see Tziporah work her magic.

Just when I thought an outfit looked perfect, she would say “No, not yet. Now we add this!”. And she was always right!

The Art of Dressing with Tziporah Salamon

Every woman needs a navy striped top in her wardrobe”

She is a fan of using odd number accessories. Tziporah always wears something on her head. If not a hat, then a wrap. She demonstrated several different ways she ties her head scarves, and I took copious notes.

A truly delightful woman with an unerring eye for style. When I asked the color of her perfect red lipstick, she passed the tube for me to have a look.



I found it prophetic that her “Infrared Matte” lipstick is “Be Legendary Lipstick“.

Tziporah is a legendary style icon, an inspiration and a charming woman. If you have the opportunity to attend her event, do. Her style may not be your style, but her artistry is electrifying.


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  1. September 7, 2015 / 11:06 am

    What an absolutely amazing experience that must have been for you – definitely a noteworthy occasion! Thank you so much for sharing the photos of this lovely woman wearing her art – I really enjoyed seeing the event through your eyes.

  2. jess
    August 31, 2015 / 11:25 am

    This looks like it was a great fashion seminar, in her home no less. Love the creativity and style!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

  3. August 30, 2015 / 9:11 am

    Wow! I really enjoy reading this post! I never heard of her before but now I am a big fan of her style. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Thank you so much for linking up with me last week and don’t forget to come back every Wednesday to link up with me again!
    Take care and keep in touch!

  4. Priscilla
    August 27, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing this on a post. Fascinating!!

  5. August 27, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Reading your post was a pleasure. Her canvas is her own and she creates each outfit as a masterpiece. I love her touch of whimsy too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

    • Jennifer
      August 29, 2015 / 11:23 pm

      Thanks so much Katherine! Tziporah is amazing!!xo

  6. August 27, 2015 / 12:56 am

    What lively comments. I LOVED reading all of them. Thank you, everybody. –
    And, particularly, thank you Jennifer,for the great post. WELL DONE!!!

    • Jennifer
      August 27, 2015 / 10:27 am

      Thank YOU Tziporah. Have a terrific time in Tokyo. I look forward tro seeing you again! xox

  7. August 26, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Jennifer you were so fortunate to get to do this! I think it would really inspire me to accessorize more and be more adventurous. Clothes are fun and I need to try to think that way. Her tips were good too! Thanks so much for sharing and looking forward to seeing you in those turbans! 😉 xo Kim

    • Jennifer
      August 27, 2015 / 10:26 am

      She was really terrfic! Wish you could have joined us!

  8. Jill James
    August 26, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Thank you for posting about The Art of Dressing and Tziporah, I so admire her creativity , she epitomises dressing as an art form.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:07 pm

      She really does. I’ve always adored her creativity, but now I adore her as a woman! I’d you’re able to see her, DO!

  9. Jen
    August 26, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    She is a wise woman: an Iris in the making. I’m very comfortable with my style. I’m at the point where no matter what the occasion, I don’t need to shop or stress (though shopping can be fun too!) Perhaps I’m just beyond caring what others think, which is sort of a style unto itself! I always enjoy your posts on this topic. Helps me stick to my guns instead of allowing Big Fashion to confuse me.

    • Jennifer
      August 27, 2015 / 10:29 am

      Big fashion is a disaster, and has been for many years. I shop very little myself and prefer quality of quantity like Tziporah.

  10. August 26, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Oh, how marvelous! I loved learning about her sense of style. Thanks so much for sharing this. How wonderful.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      It was terrifc fun and beyond inspiring!!

  11. August 26, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Brilliant Post on Tziporah’s talk!You nailed HER.I enjoyed it SO much.We need to build a FAN CLUB on the West Coast!Her points and stories were ALL so inspiring and Interesting!
    Loved it.Great summary Style MD!!

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:09 pm

      xoxo Contessa! It was a fun day. Count me into the fan club. I have a feeling it will be large!

  12. suzi click
    August 26, 2015 / 10:00 am

    I went to her seminar in LA – this is an excellent write up!! She was not only full of great ideas but so entertaining! I also posted a segment about her on http://www.powerofadornment.com which shares many of her ideas. She is such an inspiration to women- if only they would take her advice what a wonderful work it would be!!

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:11 pm

      I loved your write up Suzi! Thanks for sharing the link. So wonderful to find you!

  13. August 26, 2015 / 9:23 am

    She looks and sounds like a lot of fun. I’d always love to be seated at her table.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      She was a lot of fun. Full of attitude and personality. You’d love her, GSL!

  14. August 26, 2015 / 8:35 am

    That must have been so much fun! I love her original and artistic style. She’s not afraid to express her originality. Clothes don’t have to ever be boring. I wish I looked better in hats but my face completely disappears when I wear them.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      She does elevate the “outfit” to an art. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. And I loved it. Hats need to be in proportion, and they need to be at the right angle. There’s a hat for every woman!

  15. August 26, 2015 / 8:18 am

    This looks like it would have been so interesting!


    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Phenomenal Suzanne!!

  16. August 26, 2015 / 8:05 am

    So many things to say! The emperor comment is great. I see Tziporah at the supermarket!, in our neighborhood, and every time I do I have to say to myself, “oh hell, I have to up my game!” You wrote a great piece about her. She is an artist.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:16 pm

      That’s exactly what I came away with. I have to up my game in a major way. And it’ll be so fun to do!!

  17. August 26, 2015 / 7:46 am

    It is so true about those doors… Now if only I could rock a hat as well as she.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:18 pm

      Hats take confidence and guts! Just wear them and you’ll grow confident in them.

  18. Melanie
    August 26, 2015 / 6:33 am

    She’s right, the Emperor has no clothes. I also agree that women should dress for the occasion. Wearing sweats and work out clothes everywhere requires no imagination. Taking the time to look your best always lifts your spirits and is just good manners.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      It is good manners. It’s also being respectful and appropriate. If I’m dressed poorly, I feel poorly. Clithes make a major difference.

  19. August 26, 2015 / 6:25 am

    Jennifer how wonderful to see and hear Tziporah at an event like this. She exudes confidence and stylish panache! I adore her!!

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    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      I do too Karena! She makes me want to shake up my wardrobe and add more drama.

  20. August 26, 2015 / 6:05 am

    Well she’s the canvas, isn’t she? And her clothes and accessories are her paints. D.A.Wolf at Daily Plate of Crazy recently wrote that you carry off what you’re comfortable wearing – and I so agree with that observation. But Tziporah would certainly encourage one to turn the volume and energy up a notch – or two or three.

    Love the pink vintage rafia hat – well I love ALL the hats and turbans. What fun!

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      I’m trying to turn up the volume myself lately. I feel the need to shake things up. Just for fun. I’m not sure how much I can carry off, but I’ll be sharing. Turbans and head wraps are my newest obsession. She actually showed how to tie several, just because I asked.

  21. August 26, 2015 / 4:23 am

    How much fun that you were able to attend this event! I so wish I had been there. Here are my favorite quotes:
    “I do this for me, if you get pleasure from it, that’s a bonus”
    “It’s remarkable how many doors open for you because you are well dressed/”

    These are two quotes very personal to me!
    Loved this post!

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      They are wonderful quotes. Her confidence is amazing. You’d love her Pam!!

  22. August 26, 2015 / 4:21 am

    She is s fascinating. Your pictures really do capture her spirit. I am a whatever is clean. If I have an event or travel, I do plan my outfits. But I am not an “artful” dresser…simple but with shape is my motto.

    • Jennifer
      August 26, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Knowing your personal style is most of the game! You always look great and authentically dressed. And if it’s not authentic, then it’s wrong for you:)

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