About Janice Formichella

Hi! I'm Janice, a content creator and lover of history currently residing in Denver, Colorado. I have been interested in in the history of how women lived in the past and of women's stories since before I can remember. I am especially interested in stories of women from the 19th century frontier. It's amazing to me that I get to write blog posts about my favorite topic!

Lady Godey's Book: what you didn't know

By | January 27th, 2021|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , |

I have always loved the stunning fashion plates from Lady Godey’s Book. I often go looking for them when researching different fashions from the past as they were considered to be the standard and the highest authority of fashion in print at the time. It was when I met with Nancy Jean Grey to discuss [...]

How crazy was the bicycle craze?

By | January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Many of our readers will be familiar with “the bicycle craze” of the late 1800s and the idea that the bicycle revolutionized the freedom women enjoyed from day to day and catapulted the Dress Reform Movement into the mainstream. This month I have had the privilege to work on an event for the Molly Brown [...]

Recollections is the Best of the West!

By | January 20th, 2021|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Recollections, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , , |

Recollections is excited to be selected by True West Magazine as one of their 2021 Best of the West award winners. We have been chosen once again as the Best Western Clothing Maker. The awards are chosen by a survey of readers and people in the “Western” world, so it is a great honor to [...]

Coronation robes: a brief history of an overlooked understudy

By | January 17th, 2021|Categories: Fashion, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

When I wrote my blog post on the magic of the cape late last year, I at first thought that including some background on the extravagant “cloaks” worn by royals during high ceremonies and coronations would be fitting. However, as I went about gathering more information I quickly discovered that cloaks used for this purpose [...]

Victorian gloves: etiquette for use

By | January 10th, 2021|Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Gloves, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , |

Tis the season for chapped hands! As a Denver transplant from Arizona, wearing gloves regularly has been a hard habit for me to make and I often find myself regretting not putting more effort into covering my hands when I go out. And truth be told, I enjoy wearing gloves. But I’m glad it is [...]

Round-up: We love Mrs. Claus!

By | December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Holidays|Tags: , , |

We love Mrs. Claus at Recollections! Over the past year we have had the chance to learn a lot about her history and about the wonderful women who get to play her important role each year. It’s been quite an extensive study and in the end, I’ve become determined to continue to legacy with my [...]

The magic of the cape

By | December 21st, 2020|Categories: 1950s Fashions, Fashion, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , |

We love capes and so do our customers! We carry a wide variety, from the barely-there style seen in the 1950s to full-length-style cloaks similar to those worn in Victorian times. And of all the clothing we create, the cape is perhaps the most historic. Is that a surprise to you? This week we take [...]

A short history of the hand muff, one of history's cutest accessories

By | December 15th, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Last year I wrote about the various ways that women and families stayed warm during the cold months in Victorian times. I mentioned the little-known use of hot ceramic bottles sometimes placed in a hand muff and said that I’d love to come back to write more about this particular fashion accessory. Well, hand muffs [...]

The 12 Days of Christmas: more than just a song

By | December 10th, 2020|Categories: Christmas|Tags: , |

In thinking about what topics to cover this holiday season I thought that researching a popular song or two may be fun, and The 12 Days of Christmas was the first that came to mind. A song with maids-a-milking, pear trees, pipers piping, and swans must have an interesting background, right? I have been delighted [...]