(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).
PICTURE: #9 IN THIRTEEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
HEIDI ROSENAU TALKS ABOUT HER 9TH OUTFIT
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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