PICTURE: #10 IN THIRTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
HEIDI ROSENAU TALKS ABOUT HER 10TH OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Circa 1932-33 rayon dress
Remix brand t-strap shoes
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This is one of my all-time favorite dresses. While certain elements kind of quaint—the early 1930s fabric, historicized sleeve shape, asymmetrical silk collar, cut of bodice—I believe that its beauty and grace is timeless, vintage or not, and I wanted to share that possibilities with your readers.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
This assembly was fairly simple and immediate, as the dress is meant to be the focus. The other elements are period appropriate but are simply meant to harmonize.
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
Rayon allows the distinctive sleeve cut to find a soft 1930s shape, and the same elegant drape continues throughout the garment. The warm fleshy shade of pink—called “Sunset Rose” in Sears catalogues at the time—remained very popular into the next decade. Sadly it has fairly disappeared, despite being what I consider a very flattering hue.
How soon would you repeat this same outfit again?
This dress works for several types of occasions in my life. I always feel wonderful in it and find reasons to wear it a few times a year.
There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
I love the languid elegance of the early to mid-1930s, but at 4’11”, I am no willowy Diana Mitford. I had long been convinced that I could not carry off those proportions until I found this dress. I celebrate that by carrying myself a certain way in it, whereas I save my swagger for period slacks, etc., etc.