PICTURE: #12 IN THIRTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
HEIDI ROSENAU TALKS ABOUT HER 13TH OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
c.1933 cotton plaid dress
Reversible red beret
Bakelite cuff bracelet and ring
Black kid pumps
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I have just finished watching a series of Joan Blondell pre-code (1933 and earlier) movies, and when I saw this dress on ebay, I could see her in it. I’ve styled the dress in an authentic manner that recalls her humor and approachability, and feel that elements like the hat also speak to today’s street fashion.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
This came together fast, but then again, I’ve had the shoes for 20 years and jewelry and hat for quite a while. The dress brought it all together.
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?
The fit is everything. The waist and length were too long for me, but I altered it to capture the intended proportions of the early 1930s and to preserve the unusual reverse box-pleat at the front of the hem. The print and large collar are fun, but if the overall proportions remained off, the dress would have looked like a nightgown…or worse yet…part of a clown suit.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
It’s been out several times this month: to a 1930s movie, to work, to a reception, and for this shoot. No rules.
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 am unapologetically channeling Joan Blondell here, and loving it. This outfit doesn’t appeal to everyone equally, but I feel happy and wisecracking in it, and that works for me.
Today, this outfit marks the finale of Heidi Rosenau’s special feature, not necessarily the end. I trust that you’ve had a rather wonderful experience with Rosenau’s profile in style and will continue to return for more special gems. Next, special guest, Douglas Keisler, is quite a stylish chap with a particular sartorial point of view. For now, A TOAST TO Mrs. ROSENAU!
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