PICTURE: #6 IN THIRTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
HEIDI ROSENAU TALKS ABOUT HER 6TH OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
circa 1940 FOGA (Fashion Originators Guild of America) dress and jacket
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.