What is the Victorian Lady?
J’Nean: The Victorian Lady is preserving history and preserving it correctly. We demonstrate how this lady evolved and teach the many customs of the lady, such as the charming way in which fans and parasols were used to convey subtle, coquettish messages of romance.
Kim: We have been doing living history fashion shows and demonstrations for 24 years and have over 1,000 costumes from the era of 1854 to 1912. The history of each costume is presented from her corsets, hoops, bustles and trains to the huge romantic hats of the Titanic period.
What do you enjoy about being a Victorian Lady?
J’Nean: I’m and old soul, and I think it’s so interesting to teach people about being a Victorian Lady and how she lived her life, how she raised her children, and how she managed a beautiful home. A lot of people don’t know much about “her”.
Kim: It’s like you’re still a child playing dress up and having a good time, it’s a lot of fun. People really enjoy seeing it.
How did you start?
J’Nean: We went to a tea symposium in Ohio and there was a lady, Shirley Wolfe, who had beautiful Victorian clothing and hats, and she gave this beautiful presentation and so Kim and I decided that we would go back home and do that because we loved it. I began to do research and attended historical reenactments to have authentic dresses made.
How do you get all the costumes?
Kim: We find authentic patterns and give them to a seamstress who makes the dresses.
You could not find authentic dresses from those time periods, and if you did, you’d pay thousands of dollars for just one piece. We also remake the dresses because if you wear something from hundreds of years ago, it would fall apart. Our dresses are worn a lot at our fashion shows and events.
Do you have any upcoming events?
Kim: We will be having a Fashion Show and Tea on Sunday, October 13 at the Walter Hall Pavilion from 2 to 4 p.m. We will have some of our local businesses dressing the tables. The tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Nana’s Attic and Attic Dust.
J’Nean: We can always make appearances at baby showers, bridal showers, teas or any private events and can conduct a Victorian demonstration on fans, parasols, mourning, cemeteries, weddings and more.
Kim: Jimmy Changas
J’Nean: Holly Berry Tea Room
How would you describe League City?
Kim: Beautiful, friendly, and something I’m passionate about.