About Donna Klein

I am a marketing consultant and the marketing director for Recollections, a historic fashion design house in Hawks, Michigan. I write blogs under my name and Recollections. I've always loved history. Now I have an opportunity to write about it and the fashions that defined different historical eras.

Caption This! Valentine Caption Contest 2019

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Contests and Games, Recollections|Tags: , , , |

The Fisher Girls edition Enter the contest for a chance to win $30* to use on the Recollections website This time around, our caption contest presents a selection of Harrison Fisher's romantic illustrations from the first quarter of the 20th century. How does it work? Each day from Friday, February 8 through Valentine's Day on [...]

Fisher Girls – lithe, lovely, and independent

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: 1920s fashion, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Recollections, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

First, Charles Dana Gibson brought us the Gibson Girl. Then, after Gibson's retirement from illustrating, Harrison Fisher arrived on the scene. His Fisher Girl “redefined the American ideal of feminine beauty” (Harrison Fisher and the American Beauty) during the first quarter of the 20th century. Who was Harrison Fisher? Harrison Fisher was born to be [...]

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein at 200

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Regency Era|Tags: , , , , |

Two-hundred years ago, in 1818, Mary Shelley first published Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley was the daughter of the feminist author, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the philosopher, William Godwin.   At fifteen, she fell in love with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was married and had two children at the time. [...]

Halloween 2018 Photo Contest

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Customer's Fashions, Halloween|Tags: , , |

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who entered the Halloween 2018 Photo Contest. You are the best! And the winner is... The Grand Prize Winner of $250 to spend on our website is  #17 Joan M., Auburn, CA. The panel of judges thought her photo best embodied the spirit of Halloween. Runners-up ($50 [...]

Halloween 2018 Caption This! Photo Contest

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Contests and Games, Fashion, Halloween, Holidays|Tags: , , , , |

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! The judges chose the winner for each photo. You'll find the winning captions below. Please visit Recollections for history-inspired fashions for women. We design and manufacture in the USA. Our garments come in American sizes XS-XXXXL. Fashions include the late 1700s, 1800s (Victorian, Civil War, Old West), [...]

150 Years of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Civil War, Entertainment, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

It’s been 150 years since Louisa May Alcott introduced us to the March family in Little Women and we can’t seem to get enough of the story and the characters who inhabit it. Is it because of the diverse personalities of the March siblings? Our readers have strong opinions on who is their favorite and how the [...]

Far from the Madding Crowd – Victorian Romance

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Entertainment, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|

Far from the Madding Crowd was written by Thomas Hardy in 1874. It was his fourth novel and the first one to see major literary success. The story was first published anonymously as a monthly serial in Cornhill Magazine. (Wikipedia) Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) considered himself a poet first and foremost but most remember him as [...]

Halloween Happenings 2018

By | September 14th, 2018|Categories: Halloween, Holidays, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays! Here are some of the Halloween happenings in a few of the larger cities in the USA. We'll add more and are interested in hearing from you about your favorite Halloween happenings. Comment with the name of the event, the date(s), location, and a link and we'll add [...]

Dressing for Your Dickens Event

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Featured photo: Rochester Dickens Festival 2017 What Dickens event are you going to? Whether you are participating in a Dickens Fair, are part of a Victorian caroling group, or are part of a Dickens production, such as A Christmas Carol, it’s important for a lady to know how to dress the part! We’re here to wrap [...]