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4.8 Overall Satisfaction Rating

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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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Vanda
Today

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5.0
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Easy to view items, site is easy to navigate, too.

Why Recollections?

Been shopping here for years! Good prices and quality.

Garment Choice

This one is a gift for a granddaughter.

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Miranda
Today

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5.0
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Quick and easy

Why Recollections?

repeat customer

Garment Choice

It works for the uniforms I need them for

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Kate
Today

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5.0
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Everyone was very helpful, I was very anxious about sizing because my body proportions are slightly weird, and they got my outfit to me before Christmas, even.

Why Recollections?

My older sister has used recollections for her re-enactments before and I bought a hoop skirt for a cosplay that has been wonderful for me.

Garment Choice

These fit in with the cosplay I was going to be doing for an event and they worked wonderfully! I actually ended up looking nice, although there are changes I have to make to fit in with the rest of my crew.

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Cotton Print Fabric by the Yard

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Black Ankle Boot

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They’re very good if you aren’t walking a great distance, but there’s generally enough room to add in a little cushioning. Always remember to break in your footwear well before your event.

Crinoline

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This fluffed my dress up just right! You’ll just have to be careful if you’re a Clutz like me, it caught on my heel when I rose from a kneeling position and the tulle tore at the seam slightly.

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Barbara
Today

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5.0
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Loved the reviews on lower boots.... I ordered them
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Black Ankle Boot

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Uncomfortable

Same uncomfortable shoe that Amazon has for more $’s. Very disappointed

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Julie
Today , WA

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5.0
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Great customer service and response to questions

Why Recollections?

Quality US made, authentic period pieces

Garment Choice

Need for an event

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Extra Full Crinoline

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Top notch

Well made. High quality. Worth it.

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Steven
2 days ago

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5.0
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Very glad to have found long modest skirts.
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Pamela
2 days ago , CA

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5.0
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Good experience.

Why Recollections?

I like historical clothes.

Garment Choice

I had a muff as a child.

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Victorian Satin Lined Fur Muff

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Well made but doesn’t look genuine.

The muff was well made but the fur didn’t look genuine. For $50.00, I expected more.

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Lynda
3 days ago

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5.0
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User friendly site easy ordering

Why Recollections?

The quality and value

Garment Choice

Need a suffragette outfit for the 100th anniversary of our vote

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Torsten
3 days ago

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5.0
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Sehr angenehmes Einkaufen! Sie haben schöne Kleider!

Why Recollections?

Weil es mir sehr gefällt1

Garment Choice

Weil Dieses Kleid am schönsten aussieht!

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Martha
3 days ago

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5.0
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The website is very easy to use.

Why Recollections?

I have bought dresses from Recollections for years. The fabrics and the quality of the dresses can't be found anywhere else.

Garment Choice

It's plain enough for me to wear to work, and I also like that it has pockets.

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Marlies
3 days ago

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5.0
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I ordered 2 skirts a while back. I did have to be patient as I live abroad, but they are so beautyful and worth the wait. I love them! The cotton is supple and it is made with precision and care.
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5/5

Why Recollections?

It is the only company I have found that makes quality skirts of 40"lenght in calico.

Garment Choice

I love to wear skirts, but have very long legs, so they are impossible to find in retail. I also only wear natural materials.

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Print Cotton Skirt

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Perfect

Beautyfull full skirt of good quality cotton that doesn’t crease as much as other cottons. Very nice calico!

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Sandra
4 days ago

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5.0
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Looking forward to getting my 3rd dress from Recollections!
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Heikki
5 days ago

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5.0
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Easy to pay international payments.

Why Recollections?

Lovely garments !

Garment Choice

Spring is coming and ladies always like to have some new...

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Jerra
5 days ago

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5.0
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Repeat customer
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Eve
5 days ago , CA

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5.0
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This is a great website with lots of great designs of clothing and great reviews . I saw lots of reviews raving about quality and I'm willing to pay! I got my dress and I am 98% satisfied. My sleeves were just a tad short ( that was due to my sleeve selection and not error if costume maker)
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5/5

Why Recollections?

I read tons of positive reviews, as well as the designs were just what u was looking for. The material is if excellent grade.

Garment Choice

I chose this garment because I saw the beautiful designs and reviews. For the cost , and quality it is in fact worth purchasing from this shop!

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Dickens Victorian Dress

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Topnotch Quality

This dress is beautifully made! I picked my fabric and they made my gown ! Worth the money! Thank you My one feedback is the sleeve options. If there could be some sort of image / drawing that displays the style of each sleeve length and design when choosing dress style. Thank you! Will order again!

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Maria
1 week ago

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5.0
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Very nice!
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Lesley A.
1 week ago

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5.0
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Easy to navigate.

Why Recollections?

Repeat customer, hand made clothes in the USA.

Garment Choice

Cotton , shirt sleeves for Spring Walking Tour

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Lois
1 week ago

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5.0
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Fairly easy searching - just have to keep track where I've been.

Why Recollections?

Pretty & authentic looking - I am hoping this fits well - being two pieces, I think it will be easier to adjust to my sizes if need be.

Garment Choice

It is lovely for spring and summer.

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Karen
1 week ago

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5.0
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They have some lovely garments

Why Recollections?

I am getting a second one to use in my Texian Time Machine reenactment as a Pioneer one-room school house teacher!

Garment Choice

It works well for the summer and spring time programming in hot Texas with it's shorter sleeves. And will help also if I do the Print Shop rotation as my sleeves need to be short or rolled up. Plus these garments are so well-made they should last a long time.

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Christine L.
1 week ago

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5.0
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Great, so far.

Why Recollections?

Husband found you online.

Garment Choice

Beautiful detailing, not a lot of lace.

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