I designed the following collection for Dodie Rosekrans as a project for my couture class, my last quarter of design school:
This collection manifested from a day I spent at the Denver Art Museum viewing Western American and Spanish Colonial paintings. I admired the portraits of the indigenous people of the Americas, who often wore bright colors with bold necklaces and headpieces as signs of their honor and strength. I wanted to convey this sense of elegance into the collection by using a modern color pallete and dramatic silhouettes.
Dodie Rosekrans, a San Francisco native, was born Georgette Naify and nicknamed “Zodie” by her Lebanese parents. Eventually “Zodie” was Americanized to “Dodie”, and it stuck.
Dodie’s father, Michael Naify, created a theater chain that became United Artists, and her second husband, the late John Rosekrans, was a toy company executive whose products included the Frisbee and Hula Hoop. Her first husband, Edward Topham Jr. She has three sons with her first husband.
Dodie was awarded the Medal of the Legion of Honor in 1998 by the French government for her support of the arts. She is a supporter of the Musee de la Vie Romantique in Paris, the International Music Festival at Aix en Provence, and Venetian Heritage, a group that restores monuments in Venice. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, she and her late husband raised $23.8 million to renovate and expand the Legion of Honor, to which they contributed $5 million. In her husband’s honor, she donated six sculptures to the Pompidou Center in 2005, including “Chanel Guillotine,” by American artist Tom Sachs. She was also instrumental in John Galliano’s rise to fame, helping fund his “Princess Lucretia” show in 1993, and has influenced his work for the last 18 years.
Dodie’s tastes in accessories mix the primitive with the refined, and she often buys and commissions her jewelry from artists. Her houses include on in Paris (designed by Tony Duquette and dubbed an Indian jewel box), a palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice (also designed by Tony Duquette), a Woodside estate named Runnymeade, and a Willis Polk mansion in Pacific Heights in San Francisco.
- “Sophisticated Lady” by Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2007. articles.sfgate.com
- “Meet Dodie Rosekrans, Fashion’s Patron Saint” and “Dodie Roseknrans- Part II” by The Polyglot, May 30, 2008. the-polyglot.blogspost.com.