+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 2nd outfit. #2 in thirteen acts




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.


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9 Responses to special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 2nd outfit. #2 in thirteen acts

  1. Elliot Nesterman says:

    On a scale of 1-10, 13 or 14 I think.

  2. MaRCIE aDLER says:


  3. Cator Sparks says:

    This is incredible babe! I am paying you the highest compliment by saying those shoes are VERY Miss Piggy!

  4. Diana Velazquez says:

    Another fine example of early 40’s style and Heidi hits it on the nose. Attention to detail and true to the era, is why Heidi is so stunning and remarkable.

  5. Fun! This has me thinking of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Very cheery.

  6. Laura says:

    I can’t believe my eyes! This outfit is amazing! I love the way this material (dress) lays on your body. I wish there were more dresses that flattered like this does available today. I love the way you put everything together.

  7. Rebecca says:

    This is the most amazing outfit I’ve seen in quite some time! Bill Cunningham would chase you down the street to get your photo if he saw you from a distance wearing this.
    Bravo! Thanks for the fun feature! I look forward to the next 11 days!

  8. Voon says:

    The peekaboo of the gorgeous lining alone of this double-breasted capelet should be on everyone’s Christmas wish list!!!! Yeah I agree with this ensemble… More like on a scale of. 1 to 10… I give this 100!!!!! Love the iron gates as a backdrop! Great contrast. The akimbo arm was a smart pose to really showcase the outfit. If it ever goes missing, I think you know that it was me who has kidnapped the capelet!!!! Where on earth did you acquire this exquisite piece!!! A truly rare gem just like you Heidi!

  9. Voon says:

    Thanks Ike for yet another stellar capture! You keep outdoing yourself

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