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Adventures in Costuming: Bettie Page Clothing!

I have lived in Los Angeles for a long, long time. It is only when I have a visitor in town that I see Los Angeles through new eyes. Such was the case yesterday, when I took my cousin (visiting from Sweden) down to Hollywood Boulevard to see the Chinese theater, the stars on the sidewalk, and all the craziness. Walking back to the car, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks: Bettie Page Clothing.

I am driving on Hollywood Boulevard all the time. I shop here for work all the time. Why have I never seen this place?

Saleswoman Cat tells me that they’ve been in business at that location (SW corner of Hollywood Blvd and N. Cherokee) for a year and a half. I was blown away.

Bettie Page Clothing sells 1950s-style rockabilly duds: dresses, petticoats, underwear, shoes, handbags. All pieces are newly made, not vintage. Las Vegas-based storeowner Tatyana designs the entire line of dresses, blouses, skirts, pants, shorts and rompers, and has them fabricated to her specifications. Their prices are reasonable, and the styles are super duper cute.

I don’t often endorse a store or business, but I think this place is special. Costume-types, if you didn’t know about it before – check it out. In addition to the LA location, they also have stores in San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego. You can browse their stuff online at http://www.bettiepageclothing.com/

Have a great weekend, everyone!

– KMB

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