+  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 4th outfit. #4 in thirteen acts




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
two-piece c. 1929 silk chiffon dress
glass bead necklace
period shoes

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?   
An element of my wardrobe somewhat underrepresented here is my 1920s closet.  I wanted to share a beautiful example here, one with a distinctive design well-worth discussing.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
I’ve recreated here the complete look I wore last winter to an art deco New Year’s Eve tea.

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 chiffon fabric and fluted sleeves and hem give the dress its grace and movement, but what really gives it distinction is the use of color blocking on both pieces.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again? 
It was worn twice this year in front of completely different people, the aforementioned tea and an art deco exhibition.  I don’t only wear 1920s clothing under such circumstances, but it’s nice to have the opportunities.

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 have a lot of sporty cotton 1920s dresses (practical for dancing Charleston); this though, more willowy and fragile, I’d wear to cocktails, but not for dancing. It allows me to evoke the feminine elegance that reemerged at the end of that decade.

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2 Responses to special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 4th outfit. #4 in thirteen acts

  1. Cheryll says:

    Fabulous color! I love it. This is a period where almost anyone can look good, given that one can find their size. Oooh these are pieces of candy to me- getting nice peeks into the non-danceable wardrobe. I bet you look like your floating just walking down the hall.

  2. Very feminine! And the color is perfect for you.

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