Tiny Announcement a la Etsy

Ladies, I’m just posting this snippet to let you know that I will be selling off a handful of my past costumes, starting with these two.  They are listed in the American Duchess Etsy shop.

This, believe it or not, is THE first costume I EVER made, for The Gatsby Picnic in Oakland, CA.  It’s based on a 1925/26 tennis dress I saw in Art Deco Fashion, a book I bought at an Art Deco exhibit at the San Francisco Legion of Honor.  The original is in the collection of the V&A, see it here.

And this is literally the SECOND costume I ever made.  It was for the very first ballroom costume dance I ever attended, the PEERS Mardi Gras de Vampyres, waaaaay back in 2004.  I still love this dress immensely, just doesn’t fit anymore.  The contrasting coat is a kick too.

Don’t laugh at my silly 19 year old self with my bleach blonde hair!  I like to think I’m getting better (at least more elegant) with age!


  • The Dreamstress

    June 22, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    I'm pretty sure I was at the 2004 Peers Mardi Gras de Vampyres! Was that the one where they did the silly vampire skit?

    And I love both the costumes!

  • Lauren Stowell

    June 22, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    I don't remember the silly vampire skit, there's been so many of them. I'm sure there was one, though, lol!


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