The Victorian Skirt – from Petticoats to Bustle: Part 2

By | April 26th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Polonaise, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , |

Enter the Bustle Riding on a Train 1870 was the year of the train, and it was not the one that runs on tracks. Ball gowns sported long beautiful trains and within three years only walking dresses remained floor-length. The soft bustle was also riding high in 1870. While there was some fullness at the front [...]

Recollections Fashion Show at the Centennial Building

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Hats, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Polonaise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Recollections Fashion Show Recap The Lake Huron Discovery Tour 2015 has come and gone, but the Recollections fashion show at the Centennial Building in Alpena continues to live in the memories of those who joined us on October 10 for the festivities. The day started early for Recollections, with the models from the show prepped [...]

Costume College 2015

By | August 21st, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Destinations, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Polonaise, Roaring 20s, Steampunk, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Sue McDonald   Costume College - Whirlwind of Classes and Special Events   If you haven’t heard about Costume College, then you haven’t been paying attention! After hearing about it for years, a friend convinced me to enroll last year, and I am now positively addicted to the excitement, the many opportunities for learning [...]

What exactly is a Polonaise?

By | June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Polonaise|Tags: |

We have plenty of polonaise ensembles on the Recollections website, all of which are beautifully handcrafted outfits with enormous amounts of fabric. But what exactly is a polonaise? Well, it isn’t the traditional Polish folk dance, even though the outfits are inspired by this. The polonaise is taken from Polish folk costumes and consists of [...]