+  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 6th outfit. #6 in thirteen acts



What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
circa 1940 FOGA (Fashion Originators Guild of America) dress and jacket
alligator oxfords
wool hat
corde handbag

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Again the dress/suit is the centerpiece.  Taking a cue from the “bigness” of the fur trim, I felt I could get away with another statement, the saucer-shaped cocked hat, to give a strong head-to-toe fall look.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
I’ve not styled the dress/jacket quite in this way before today.  It was uncharacteristically spontaneous.   But now it’s hard to see it another way. Hmm.

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’m extremely petite, and it’s easy for me to be lost in a suit cut with larger proportions.  The fit of this one is a huge factor in its success.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Twice a year perhaps. In February, I hosted a Rembrandt-themed event at work, and I felt the faux fur collar offered an appropriate Dutch sensibility. I suspect this will be my Thanksgiving look as well.

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 acknowledge that such a head-to-toe pure vintage look may look like a costume.  But, I so respect the skill of its design and quality of manufacture (the lining would make your knees weak) that I enjoy showing it as it was originally worn.  This was a limited-edition piece, but it was still affordably priced and was made in America.  In fact, the suit probably passed through NYC’s dynamic and complex garment industry, so much of which has been lost in recent decades.  I am very mindful of that when I wear this look.

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10 Responses to special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 6th outfit. #6 in thirteen acts

  1. David Folkman says:

    Another marvelous outfit worn by Heidi. My wife and I are big fans and look forward to seeing what’s to come in this series. Chic Index should take pride in supporting fashion as it does.

  2. Rebecca says:

    The shoes are especially wonderful…I think Prada has stolen this look many times. Can’t wait till tomorrow to see what she’s wearing. These outfits have all been exceptional.

  3. Cheryll says:

    Another great look AND history lesson. I appreciate that she wears not only this but other head to toe and mixed vintage ensembles. Who is to say who is in “costume”? That is a matter of individual perspective of which there are as many as there are people. Have to say I’m a fan of her color palette. Outfits such as this make a congruous stand at the impending gloom of winter.

  4. admin says:

    Dear Cheryll, I particularly agree with you that the term “costume” is relative. Today’s “fashion” is tomorrow’s “costume” and so on. Heidi’s style interests me. I don’t think of her in terms of a vintage sympathizer or as one exclusively partial to vintage; but rather as an individual with a particular sartorial argument or point of view. Cheers and stay tuned! -iké

  5. WGT says:

    I had the pleasure and honor of working with Heidi for over 10 years. Not one day passed when she did not look marvelous.

    You have it or you don’t. Heidi has it, and it’s not the clothes.


  6. Jo Anne says:

    Tres Chic. The color and outfit are marvelous

  7. MaRCIE aDLER says:

    Amazing Heidi……your comments are just as wonderful as your outfit. There must be a better word than outfit….love the look.

  8. Kath says:

    Great fun to hear you talk of the garment industry…and you managed to work in a reference to Rembrandt as well…very impressive.

    Also LOVE the color; wish more people would try plum shades – I think it improves everyone’s mood.

  9. ticklepinkle says:

    This is spectacular! So rich for fall. Love the textures and color.

  10. gretchen says:

    Wonderful! I agree- love the color. Heidi, you are an inspiration!

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