In some ways, she says, this form-fitting jersey dress by MelanieNicole represents a departure from Lani Granum’s usual semibohemian style, which incorporates found objects and ethnic influences. “I can appreciate a good pinstripe suit once in a great while, but normally I’m much more free-form and colorful,” says Granum, a 56-year-old yoga teacher and psychotherapist. But whatever she wears, she likes to feel “like my clothes are really a part of me and uplift me and move with me.” This dress can be worn at different lengths by scrunching it around the middle; Granum pulled it all the way down and made the turtleneck into a hood. These choices and her pose bring to mind images from Martha Graham’s Lamentation, but Granum says the allusion wasn’t intentional. “I was thinking about slinking around, playing with the feel of the fiber,” she says. The sunglasses were borrowed from someone on the set.

Where to buy

Dress, $360, at and

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Saverio Truglio.