Susan Bader, the executive director of Maryland Art Place...

CANDID CLOSET

September 12, 1990

Susan Bader, the executive director of Maryland Art Place, says her career is her hobby. She's been executive director for one year and loves putting people and art together. She lives here with her son and a dog and cat.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

Conservative with an ethnic twist. I tend to buy clothes that go on for years. I bet I still have clothes I wore when I was 13. I love big bangled earrings, peasant dresses and colorful skirts. My son's friend calls them my hangover hippie clothes. I don't do well trying to package an outfit.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

Ten pairs of underwear. I discovered a great new lingerie outlet.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

My grandmother's ermine muff and a blue Anderson plaid kilt from the 1950's.

Do you have a true "standby" that you wear to feel good?

I have several and most are all black. I have some Pakistani prints, that feel and look good. They make me feel elegant. And I have a pile of caftans that I wear a lot because they hide a lot of sins.

What have you held on to for sentimental reasons?

An old tennis dress. It's turning yellow, but I keep it because I keep thinking I'll be a good tennis player again. And I have an orange and black bowling shirt with the name Marie on it. I don't know who Marie is, but I bought it at a flea market because it appealed to me.

What is your wardrobe weakness?

Jewelry. Earrings more than anything. I can rationalize buying them at the drop of a hat. You could say that I have a 100 pairs

and looking.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

I don't have a clue, probably nothing. I don't pay a lot of money for clothes.

Have you ever worn a hat?

Yes, I love the big, brimmed hats, felt and straw. Mine are so big that I misjudge going through a doorway. I have six or seven.

What was your biggest clothing mistake?

It was a powder blue jumpsuit for skiing. When I got home and tried it on, I looked like a blue cloud and I don't know what had possessed me. It was a total aberration.

Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?

My best advice is to know what looks good on you. If someone says "it looks just like you," don't buy it. It's time to change your image.

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