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4.8 Overall Satisfaction Rating

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4.7 Average

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About Us

Recollections is your connection to history-inspired fashions. What was once a dream on a kitchen table has grown into an e-tail company with a global presence. Recollections was founded in 1981 in southern Michigan.

It quickly grew into a bricks-and-mortar retailer and mail order company specializing in wedding attire inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The original line consisted of dresses, skirts, blouses, petticoats, camisoles, and pantaloons.

Over the next 18 years, Recollections grew as a cottage industry. Operations moved to Hawks, a tiny picturesque community less than 10 miles from the shore of Lake Huron in Northeast Michigan. The company opened in the former Bismarck Township Hall, where operations continue to this day.

Why did Marianne move away from the hustle and bustle of the greater Detroit area to Northern Michigan? "Look around you! I never tire of the beauty and peacefulness of the area. We used to vacation in Rogers City in the summer when I was a teenager, so I was familiar with the area. I live in a log cabin in the woods less than 1/2 mile from Lake Huron, and the only noise I hear is the soothing sound of the waves rather than the noise of the traffic one hears downstate."

Recollections took the leap to e-tailing in 1999, long before many retailers. The online store featured three dozen products when the website was launched. Today, our online store offers nearly 1,000 garments and accessories from the Georgian/Regency, Victorian (including Civil War era and Old West), and Edwardian eras through the 1920s. We also feature a line of 1950s retro dresses.

Quality in design and construction, and a focus on customer service are the cornerstones of Recollections' foundation. Fabrics and embellishments are carefully selected to create the 'look' that is the hallmark of our clothing. We search until we find the quality fabrics, laces, trims, and accessories our customers expect.

Each garment is lovingly designed by Recollections' founder. Marianne is the creative energy behind the company. Her designs are then created, one at a time, by a network of seamstresses who are part of our extended family. Our models are lovely young women born and raised right here in our corner of Northern Michigan, except for Ola. She is from Ukraine and brings a unique perspective and sense of humor to the family.

Cheryl from Hats and Accessories by Cheryl designs and creates most of our hats. Cheryl and Marianne often work as a team so our hats perfectly complement our garments. Occasionally, they switch places. Instead of Cheryl designing a hat inspired by a garment, Marianne will design dress or ensemble inspired by one of Cheryl's hats. They make quite a team, collaborating and inspiring each other to the next level!

There are many others in our extended family, too. Sharon Meredith specializes in period appropriate hairstyles. Jennifer S. Adkins serves as our photographer and brings a keen sense of composition to each fashion shoot. Sue McDonald and Cheryl design accessories that are in sync our style. Our bloggers, social media, and website specialists, as well as those who provide assistance through customer service and sales are all part of our story.

Our talented and highly valued team is the reason we can offer the highest quality in history-inspired garments proudly made in America just for you!

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===> Shannon
Today

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5.0
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I had been looking for this exact outfit for weeks. I turned on the computer and there it was ! It was a "God Wink" to finally find what I needed in a plus size!

Why Recollections?

Right size available, Right style, Right color, able to deliver by the time I need it.

Garment Choice

Christmas Cantata first of December

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===> Ciana
1 day ago , Wexford

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2.0
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I was charged an unexpected extra €60 customs tax charge on delivery after paying an extortionate amount for shipping already from the US to Ireland, i emailed this information to recollections and got no response, not pleased
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1/5
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===> Diane J.
2 days ago

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5.0
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We are so impressed with the quality of your beautifully sewn dresses and Belle was most gracious in helping us with our order ! Will definitely order again soon !
ThNk you
Diane & Isabella
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===> Ian
2 days ago

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5.0
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Hi
I tried to explain that I needed an allowance on the arms for a wider girth and length 1 inch will be good on both.
Can I buy a yard of extra material for both in case I need to alter here in the UK.
Many Thanks

Why Recollections?

Quality looks good

Garment Choice

Love the older designs

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===> Renee
3 days ago

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5.0
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Great selection. Good sale. Ease of purchase process.

Why Recollections?

Great period costumes.

Garment Choice

Been looking for a mourning gown for sometime.

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===> Brenda
3 days ago

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5.0
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Easy shopping

Why Recollections?

They have beautiful dresses

Garment Choice

I liked the look of it

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===> Janice
5 days ago

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5.0
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I love shopping with Recollections! This is my 12th dress. I get so many compliments when I wear them!

Why Recollections?

The quality of the dresses.

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===> Cheryl
5 days ago

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5.0
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Best quality garments

Why Recollections?

Quality of fabric and sewing

Garment Choice

Working on a Civil War era ball gown that was white with black velvet sashes and fitchu

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===> Claudia
1 week ago , TX

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5.0
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I like Merchandise
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5/5

Why Recollections?

Merchandise

Garment Choice

I needed

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===> Joyce
1 week ago , TX

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5.0
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Love this site! Beautiful selections!
CustomerService
5/5

Why Recollections?

Quality of clothing

Garment Choice

I thought it was beautiful and would be flattering

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