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 [...]

10 Best Victorian Mother of the Bride Dresses

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , |

Our team researched and compiled a list of the 10 best Victorian dresses for the mother of the bride for you. Here are our thoughts. Weddings are a joyous time of love, celebration, family, and decisions. When it comes to weddings it seems that the bride is thrown into a whole new world of decision-making. [...]

Recollections’ “Sharp Objects” Debut

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What do you do when Hollywood comes knocking on your door? You answer the call of Sharp Objects! Sharp Objects is the new eight-episode HBO series that went into production in May. It is based on the 2006 debut novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).  The series stars Amy Adams (Arrival) as Camille Parker, a reporter [...]

Cape May, NJ – Victorian Seaside Homes

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

Since we’re celebrating the unofficial start of summer, let’s look Cape May, New Jersey, a favorite East Coast destination that is steeped in Victorian history and architecture. Cape May is located at the southern tip of New Jersey. The peninsula in which it is located sits where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It [...]

Victorian Women as Michigan’s Lighthouse Keepers

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Accidental research can lead to unexpected places. We know you love history and the clothing women wore during the last two hundred years or so. Inspired by a photo of our models at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, the curiosity light bulb lit up with the question “how many women served as lighthouse keepers during [...]

It’s our birthday… Happy Birthday to us!

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Happy 35th birthday to us! What seems like a long time ago when you look at the calendar but passes in the blink of an eye? Ah, how the years seem like nothing but fleeting moments when you are investing in your passion! Flash back to the early 1980s… Our founder and designer was a [...]

Share Your Favorite Mother’s Day Memory

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Holidays, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

We really enjoy hearing your memories! This time we’re looking for your favorite Mother's Day story. Perhaps, it is a memory from your childhood. Perhaps, it is a memory of an experience you had as a mom. Perhaps, your dad was also your mom and you have a memory you'd like to share about your [...]

The Rookery – Chicago’s Shiny Gem

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

The Rookery is one of the most historically significant buildings in Chicago. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1972. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Burnham and Root. It was completed in 1888, during the building boom following the Great Chicago Fire. [...]

Inez Milholland (Boissevain) – Champion of Suffrage

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Inez Milholland was born on August 6, 1886, and died less than four months following her 30th birthday.  Her life was short but she packed a lot of living into it. Although she didn't live to see her native New York approve suffrage in 1917 or ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, [...]