PICTURE: #12 IN THIRTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
HEIDI ROSENAU TALKS ABOUT HER 12TH OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
c. 1938 color-blocked rayon dress
bakelite anchor pin
dark green suede shoes
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I love the way color-blocking was used to emphasize contours in the 1930s and 40s. I collect interesting examples of the look, and wanted to share a representative example with you..
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It’s a favorite dress, and I have a lot of accessories in the same color way, so it came together quickly.
On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
A 9. (Perhaps the look would have been more successful with just one color brought out with accessories—i.e. brown shoes rather than green, with yellow as the accessory color in jewelry and hair-flower—? But, I love the profile of these shoes and wanted you to see them. Shoot me!
What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
As a kid in the 1970s, I hated the yellow-orange-green colorway of my Mom’s kitchen. However, as my appetite for 1930s/40s clothing increased in the last decade, I found myself drawn to these hues, appreciating their joy in an entirely new light.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
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?
My life is full of people who wear black and navy every day. I understand that; I have done that. I resisted color for a long time, but now celebrate it. These colors have all sorts of points of reference for me, as stated above.