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special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 10th outfit. #10 in thirteen acts




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Circa 1932-33 rayon dress
Remix brand t-strap shoes
1920s/30s parasol

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.

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16 Responses to special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 10th outfit. #10 in thirteen acts

  1. Laura says:

    Incredible! This is my favorite so far. I LOVE the sleeves and the fabric floats off your frame.

  2. Bill N says:

    Heidi’s outfits are feminine and elegant, to be sure. But perhaps more importantly, they convey her strength as a woman. For me, she is the standout among these chic-sters.

    Carry on!

  3. Aileen Tat says:

    Gorgeous dress and timeless indeed, who made the reproduction?

  4. Tricia says:

    yes, best chic-ster in the bunch! though vintage head-to-toe, she’s completely unique and isn’t trying to fit into a modern mold or be hip or live up to someone else’s idea of fashion. plus, the fact that a lot of fashion is now reaching into history makes it look like Heidi started the revolution. she has been flaunting vintage longer than contemporary designers have been reviving it.

    historian, stylist, all around super lady!

  5. Heidi says:

    Aileen: it’s not a reproduction; it’s an authentic piece from LaRosa Vintage (FYI everyone else: in San Francisco’s upper Haight Street). The dress must have been a very special piece to the person who saved it, as I treasure it. If reproduced, I wager this would sell well…

  6. Leslie says:

    Heidi, you look amazing. Your style is completely your own and brings to mind a simpler and far more elegant time in history! These photos are a joy to behold!

  7. Cheryll says:

    What a find on so many levels. To have that kind of drape work on your small frame must be very satisfying. The neckline I especially like and the mutton sleeves (yes?) that again fit on your frame. I would think that you feel much taller than your 4’11” in this beauty. In fact it is quite a credit to your keen, skilled eye and knowledge that is reflected in your entire collection that you never appear 4’11”. As I’ve heard you say before Heidi, “What ever your style is, own it.” Good advice for all; I would also add the converse of “do not to let style own you.” Advice and inspiration for all.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Simply GORGEOUS!

  9. Pauline says:

    Just a pitty the the interview could not get the basic facts right, ( Circa 1932-33 rayon dress reproduction) Worst not bothered to change it when it’s been pointed out below!

  10. Heidi says:

    Pauline: the interview is not inaccurate. My friend Aileen assumed incorrectly that the dress is a reproduction and asked about it; I followed up indicating that it is not a reproduction, but is an authentic vintage dress, dated as I originally described. Did you not see my response above?

  11. Heidi says:

    Oh, apologies Pauline…I better understand your comment now that I’ve reread the description at the top. Indeed, I did not use the word reproduction in my description. Thank you for pointing that out as I didn’t notice the amendment. I hope you enjoyed seeing the dress and thank you for reading about it. The photograph beautifully reveals its interesting shape, details, and drape.

  12. Pauline says:

    Yes I did read the correction that Heidi made but I could not understand why that did not triggar the interview text to be changed,
    I personally do a lot of work on people atttention span on web site, and as a rule people do not remain on many sites long enough to read comment and corrections, if you want evidence of that Heidi has already seen it on another forum and clearly readized that something odd was going on , I not going to name names here!
    I am not having a go at Heidi, I do have a lot of experiance at promating vintage on the internet with pinup site and web site for vintage models and know the pitfall that are out there.
    I am pleased it’s been sorted out now on here.

  13. Voon says:

    Swoooooooooooon! Thank you for showcasing this very unique design! I’m all over the color! It reminds me of a delicious grapefruit sorbet!!! And the asymmetrical collar detail really intrigues me… As if beyond it’s time! The antique parasol really frames the photo really well. Ike great capture and Heidi, stop it! Katherine Hepburn would’ve been envious of this delicate and beautiful concoction.

  14. Nora says:

    I really love that shade of pink,looks almost peachy in the photo…tres jolie !

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