One afternoon, in a small consignment shop, I saw a beautiful pearl choker - unlike anything I had ever seen before. It had no identifying markings. I bought the necklace, and spent the next few weeks researching vintage jewelry in an effort to identify the designer. The necklace was my first piece of vintage jewelry, and I was mesmerized. After much reading, it appeared to be an unmarked Miriam Haskell - later confirmed by an appraiser at the Antiques Roadshow. Many fun collecting excursions followed as I delved deeper into the world of vintage jewelry and clothing.
As my collection of antique and vintage clothing grew, I fell in love with the beautiful draping of the 1920s and 30s, the suited silhouette of the 1940s, the billowing ball gowns of the 1950s. When the costuming department of my daughter's theater group needed southern belle-style dresses for a performance, I found vintage dresses from the 60s, 70s, and 80s that matched the occasion. As word-of-mouth spread, I began receiving more and more requests for belle-style dresses - from costumers and individuals.
Today, we carry anywhere from 20-60 vintage, belle-style dresses at any given time. Our stock is continually changing, and many of the dresses are one-of-a-kind. Most were originally produced in the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s with modern fabrics, trims, and notions, including zippers. They are not accurate reproductions of 1860s gowns, nor are they period-correct; vintage gowns are not suitable for serious Civil War reenactments. They are, however, wonderfully suited for many historically themed events. Our vintage gowns have graced theaters, pageants, ballrooms, movie sets, and weddings.
If you don't see what you are looking for, please contact us. Many gowns in inventory are not yet listed. We are happy to check what is in stock and let you know if we have a dress in the appropriate color, style, or measurements to suit your needs.