+  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 9th outfit. #9 in thirteen acts

(left, detail of an original Ginger Rogers’ shoes that the late actress danced in, a gift to Heidi from husband, Mr. Joe McGlynn; right, detail of the petal-like drama of Heidi’s organza dress, circa, 1933).




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit? 
c. 1933 organza dress
flower clip in hair

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit? 
Organza makes such wonderful shapes and was commonly employed in 1930s formalwear for an “ingénue” look that is more ethereal than alluring.  I love seeing organza used today and wanted an example of its use in the 1930s.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
This was a quick, simple composition.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 
10 (you can’t see my green t-strap shoes, but I wish you could).

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit? 
Despite the obvious humor of the big green polka dots, the shape that the organza gives this dress is its real focal point.  It would not have the same ethereal effect in any other fabric.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again? 
This has not been out of the depths of my closet for 2-3 years…it’s time to find another occasion.

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? 
This dress makes me feel silly, witty, and regal at the same time. That’s quite an achievement.



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

  1. Elisabeth says:


  2. I am loving Heidi and all her outfits. I find myself waiting with anticipation for the next “act” and she never fails to amaze and delight me. I love all the outfits, the diversity of her looks, and the thought and careful attention she gives to every detail. The outfits are so harmonious and organic and gorgeous and I love her use of color. A true artist!
    Thank you so much for featuring her. I would love to have the opportunity to meet Heidi in person. She is obviously an intelligent, creative, and fun-loving woman. A true inspiration!

  3. So lovely! You just can’t go wrong wearing green. 🙂

  4. JoeBopp says:

    You’re a beautiful doll, Heidi. 😎

  5. mutsumi gee says:

    Wow, super beautiful heidi!!

  6. calicokitten says:

    Heidi, you look GORGEOUS in this photo. Love this dress, love your style! Hope to see you again soon. Will you be coming to S.F. this December?

  7. Ron Schlessinger says:

    The dress is great. Plus I just like saying organza.

  8. Cheryll says:

    Wow, wonderful. This dress firmly announces, “Spring, here I am!” This dress is inspiring enough for one to create an event specifically to wear it.

  9. MaRCIE aDLER says:

    This dress was created for you!!!! We must see more of you in the coming weeks. Ginger Rogers would have loved seeing you in her shoes.You not only look beautiful, write beautifully, but you exude beauty inside.

  10. gretchen says:

    SWEET dress- and lovely on you.

  11. Manuel Schnee says:

    Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.[5] Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be made into candy, or ginger wine which has been made commercially since 1740.’

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