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MARABOU SHUFFLE

Britt Eckland in Cine Revue magazine, 1969.

SWEET SHOP SUNDAYS: BOUDOIR QUEEN

I’m constantly in awe of Boudoir Queen, this Sunday’s Sweet Shop.

Ever held on to a vintage garment because it was too pretty to toss, but too fragile (or damaged) to wear? Ever wished there were a way around that?

Former model and makeup artist Dawn Younger-Smith did, and with a little resourcefulness and innovation she bore a solution. Scissors, a sewing machine,  and an army of ‘as is’ clothing, fabrics, and jewels from the 1800s-1920s in tow, she did what most vintage collectors considered unthinkable. She ripped ‘em up to start again.

Stained panels of silk were tossed, while their pristine counterparts were salvaged. Trims of Czech glass, rhinestones, and lace were scrapped from moth eaten dresses. Similar approaches were taken to head wear and accessories. And from these ashes came a rebirth. Dawn’s Boudoir Queen label was born.

This menagerie of antique wearables refashioned to create new wearables is Boudoir Queen’s signature aesthetic. Coats made from hand embroidered piano shawls, slip dresses with 20s silk flower appliques, cuff bracelets with Victorian lace, and flapper style headache bands with lavish ostrich plumes are among the handmade, one of a kind pieces you’ll find in this shop.

With a style so unique, it’s no surprise Boudoir Queen has been featured in several music videos, and counts Imogen Heap, the Veronicas, Emmy Lou Harris and Karen Elson as loyal clients. Boudoir Queen continues to influence many other designers, while always remaining at the forefront of upcycled fashion.

Based in Austin, TX, infamous on Etsy, and armed with an adorable website which plays Marlene Dietrich songs, Boudoir Queen’s sphere of influence continues to grow. In addition to the Boudoir Queen label,  the site now stocks vintage clothes in their original unaltered states, home decor, and antique textiles. I can’t wait to see what Dawn comes up with next.

BEDAZZLED

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ETSY SHOP SUNDAYS: CUTIEDYNAMITE

My friend Andrea is the brains and beauty behind CutieDynamite, Etsy’s answer to Tarina Tarantino. Her hair accessories and jewelry are the perfect mix of girlish meets ghoulish; bows and Hello Kitty are as omnipresent as skulls and glittering spiders. Renown for using high quality materials, Cutie Dynamite’s loyal following includes celebrities such as Courtney Love.

If you’re looking to add a touch of Lolita or Pinup style glam to your wardrobe, be sure to check her stuff out. And tell her I sent ya!