PICTURE: #2 IN THIRTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
HEIDI ROSENAU TALKS ABOUT HER 2nd OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Two-piece 1940s rayon dress with lined double-breasted capelet
Red suede platform peep-toe shoes
Period crochet handbag
Navy blue felt hat with a large feather motif
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I’ve enjoyed sharing this distinctive outfit particularly with friends interested in fashion and style, so couldn’t resist modeling it for you today. It’s a lot of look—whimsical capelet and all—and I would select it for a special occasion and specific audience, for example, the Superhero press preview at the Met’s Costume Institute. Others there enjoyed the whimsical points of reference. Bill Cunningham shot me walking down Fifth as I returned to my office in a nearby museum, and we enjoyed discussing the look (full disclosure: back at work, I toned it down).
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The whole look as you see it here came together over time, with the purse being a quite recent purchase.
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?
I love 1930s and 40s rayon for the way it moves, and to have used it for this caped, and somewhat humorous look was a fabulous choice. By way of a contrast in textures, the hat is witty, but is more of a static sculpture.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
It’s all about the context. If a look suits a specific occasion, it will come out again regardless of its last use.
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?
Although it was not a particularly positive time for my family, the WWII period fascinates me. I exist because of the odd twists of fate that befell my family, and I suppose that in part, with this quirky, joyous outfit, I’m asserting the irony of all of this. And, frankly, it’s hard to not feel and convey happiness in this outfit, even just pared down to the dress and cape. Wearing it brightens my day.