+  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 3rd outfit. #3 in thirteen acts

(above, details of Dame Rosenau’s 1930s great coat, pleated felt-hat, scarf, gloves).




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Circa, 1932 mouton-trimmed boucle coat
pleated felt hat
silk scarf with orange geometric art deco pattern
early 1930s leather oxfords

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?  
I’m frustrated by the lack of warm, well-made, distinctively-designed coats found in department stores, and I wanted very much to share some fine vintage examples with you.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
This look is very studied as a moment in time and took a while to get just right (I have three “close but no cigar” hats in storage, alas). I’m not so much driven to recreate this look out of pure nostalgia but because these proportions offer the best sense of balance and elegance.  Anything that makes you feel glamorous on a windy, cloudy NYC day is worth the effort.

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 here.  There is the very distinctive feature of the sleeve, a v-shaped fur element from elbow to wrist.  Were the sleeves too long, the coat would drown me, and these would look ridiculous rather than interesting.  The collar is big, and determines the size and shape of the hat.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again? 
Its weight is perfect for NYC in October through December and again in the spring.  So you may catch me in this a lot in the coming weeks.

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? 
The elegance of this long-lined, luxe coat makes me feel regal, lithe, and tall, even when bundled up against the cold.  I am a Mitford sister here on my way to tea.  I so wish outerwear options today included warm and elegant options….afterall, those of us in the Northeast spend half the year covered up in coats.  I’ve actually been treated better on the bus, subway, and at the grocery stores wearing a coat of this ilk than without. How odd.  Is it the coat?  Is it how I carry myself..or both?






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7 Responses to special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 3rd outfit. #3 in thirteen acts

  1. Jeanette Reilly says:

    I LOVE that hat. I would wear that hat for sure. This outfit may be classic but it will never go out of style.

  2. Laura says:

    Wow!!! What a gorgeous pairing! You put so much thought and care into each piece~

  3. Rebecca says:

    Wow! The outfits just keep getting better! And the photos are wonderful. What fun!

  4. Kathryn says:

    I love this outfit!! I want that coat!!

  5. Renate says:

    This style was so successful thast it lasted from the 1920iesd to the 1950ies – and it woulkd be fine to get offers like this by today’s clothes market.

  6. Cheryll says:

    You are so right about the lack of interesting, warm, well made coats. I admire and am inspired by your mindset of your fashion sense… good things come to those with a vision and patience.

  7. Patricia Mears says:

    How elegant. It is so refreshing to see gorgeous outerwear worn so beautifully.

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