Damsel in this Dress


Damsel in this Dress was started by Me (Michelle Thorstrom) in 2004 after I had already been making and selling renaissance costumes on ebay for about 3 years, since I was 16.

I have always loved costuming and creating, and after I went to my first ren-fest, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, I knew I had found my calling. I even remember walking around in my homemade little stumpy tapestry renaissance bodice and thinking, "Oh my gosh...what if I could do something like this one day? What if I could sell here?" and that thought apparently lodged deeply. 

I did my very first Renaissance Festival when I was 8 months pregnant, sleeping on the ground in my booth during the night and living on corn on the cob from a food vendor that I traded with. There was nothing so fulfilling as meeting women, playing dress-up with them, and seeing them transform from someone who was uncomfortable with their body shape to a woman who was excited and energized by looking into the mirror!  I knew this is what I had to do with my life, and it has grown from there. 
Currently, we are based in Northern Utah, nestled among the mountains. I have a few seamstresses that I have been fortunate enough to hire, and we all make our corsets with quality and detail that is always progressing forward. I have learned an incredible amount, and I still spend about 10-18 hours a day sewing these things, because I LIKE what I do! It's never boring, it's never depressing.....it is enjoyable and beautiful. 


Arizona 2019 | January 11-12-13

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