Antiqued Couture, With A Modern Twist H/Made in Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales
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Note from shop owner Ventriloquist Court's Etsy store is expected to re-open in late 2022, with a small collection of ready-made pieces only, and with a focus on my Poetess' Paintbrush collection made of hand-painted print fabrics.

Tailor-made will no longer be offered. With other priorities and projects in my life, I will no longer be offering tailor-made in my etsy store.

Over the past several years, I have found tailor-made to be very time-consuming: from answering the extensive queries of potential customers, which resulted in much back-and-forth correspondence, to the drawing up of patterns to fit the customer's measurements, and this was on top of the design and sewing process itself).

Whilst I am greatly honoured to have made a number of tailored pieces for many thoughtful customers over the years, unfortunately I am not able to continue offering my tailor-made service.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 04 Aug, 2022

Ventriloquist Court's Etsy store is expected to re-open in late 2022, with a small collection of ready-made pieces only, and with a focus on my Poetess' Paintbrush collection made of hand-painted print fabrics.

Tailor-made will no longer be offered. With other priorities and projects in my life, I will no longer be offering tailor-made in my etsy store.

Over the past several years, I have found tailor-made to be very time-consuming: from answering the extensive queries of potential customers, which resulted in much back-and-forth correspondence, to the drawing up of patterns to fit the customer's measurements, and this was on top of the design and sewing process itself).

Whilst I am greatly honoured to have made a number of tailored pieces for many thoughtful customers over the years, unfortunately I am not able to continue offering my tailor-made service.

Rai Keodara

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About VentriloquistCourt

Sales 120
On Etsy since 2013

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VENTRILOQUIST COURT® is an independent label of antiqued and avant-garde fashion and costumes designed and handmade in Sydney. Born in December 2013, the label first began as an Etsy crafts store with a couple of fashion items in its first few months. However, as one garment design followed another, it soon grew into a Victorian-inspired fashion line of Romantic Cottage, Bohemian, Woodland, Steampunk, Gothic, Visual Kei, and avant-garde attire.

By Rai Keodara

VENTRILOQUIST COURT® was born from both my reaction against Sydney conservatism and from my newfound passion in alternative fashion and fine art photography. Growing up in Sydney and thus largely restricted to mainstream consumption, I've always found the search for unique gifts rather disappointing. This prompted me to self-learn sewing and to make craft items for family and friends. Having received positive feedback on my 'antiqued' crafts over the years, I then wanted to try my hand at 'antique' costume design. The result: I had found my true calling. I had a knack for design, as well as for the more technical aspects of pattern making, sewing, crafting, and tailoring garments. As one idea would always give birth to another, I was fortunate enough to be able to add a humble collection to my name by late 2014.

This period in my life coincided with a growing interest in alternative fashion photography as a hobby photographer who was bored with Sydney's conservative culture and attitudes. What started as crafting antique-style props for my own photo shoots grew into a line of crafts and then costumes with an emerging 'Tea Alternative' style, which has broadened today to include a range of alternative styles.

The word 'art' has become commonplace - used in association with such examples as music and song writing, poetry and other forms of literature, traditional as well as abstract art whether in sculptural form or even in performance and so on - making it almost impossible to define. For me, my work is also an art form, though I am fully aware that this reference would provoke protest from elitist circles and overseers of Art (with a capital 'A').

I strongly disagree with the use of the label 'superficial' to belittle all fashion. Consumption of art in galleries and museums is deemed high culture, and yet to show passion for art in the form of garments and accessories displayed on the human body is somehow superficial. I hope that my collection of 'art' will help change attitudes and encourage the appreciation of art in all of its varying forms.


The majority of Ventriloquist Court®'s garments are made from natural fibres, including Australian-made cotton, European linen made in Lithuania and Belarus (Oeko-tex Standard 100 Certified), artisanal cotton and peace silk from India, and vintage cotton velvet made in Germany. I do use some man-made fibres; for instance, polyester felt made out of recycled plastic bottles (USA-made fabric). I also use vintage cotton lace trims and organic cotton tape zippers where available. My favourite embellishments to work with are recycled glass beads, vintage plastic beads, and vintage Czech glass buttons. Each listing provides a description and list of materials used to construct the garment. Questions concerning materials are more than welcome!

Ventriloquist Court® aims to promote a sustainable vision and vegan-friendly alternatives. All garments are vegan, with the exception of some which use silk. However, I only use peace silk, which is harvested from empty cocoons which have been discarded by the silk worms as they emerge as moths as part of their natural life cycle; the fabric is handwoven by Indian artisans.

I am a long-time vegan who is open-minded about peace silk and appreciate its contribution to artisanal communities in India and elsewhere. I fully understand how challenging it can be to find alternative garments which are eco-friendly but also suitable for costume events. However, currently no certification body exists to oversee the cruelty-free production of peace silk.

Customers are more than welcome prior to purchase to make requests for a quote for a change in fabrics and materials; for instance, where available, linen could be substituted for silk, or plant-dyed handwoven cotton for regular cotton, etc.

Although it is still early days, my greatest hope is for VENTRILOQUIST COURT® to develop into a fashion line known for a creative and unique artistic vision and for a progressive and inclusive philosophy of offering handmade and made-to-measure garments at reasonable prices for the quality of materials and time involved in designing and creating each garment.

Ventriloquist Court is proud to be listed on Greenfinder, Australia's Directory of Green Businesses!

Costume Designs © 2014-2018 VENTRILOQUIST COURT®

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  • Rai Keodara

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Hi, I'm Rai - an alternative fashion designer from Sydney with an arts background and a love for all things Victorian and steampunk!

Shop policies

Last updated on 10 May, 2022
Welcome to VENTRILOQUIST COURT.® All Romantic Cottage, Bohemian, Steampunk, Gothic & Visual Kei Attire in the store are designed and handmade in Sydney, Australia.

All garment prices are originally listed in $AUD. To change the currency setting to another, see:

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard Apple Pay Klarna Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation: before item has dispatched
I don't accept returns
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Exchanges: YES
Full Refund for Missing Packages: YES


FOR EXCHANGES for a new size or a replacement of the same size or for REFUNDS due to the item arriving damaged, customers are to send me a message within 3 business days of receiving your package with photographic proof of ill-fitting or damage.

Customers are required to return the garment to me within 7 business days of delivery (after first contacting me within 3 business days of receipt of the package).

The garment must be lodged at the post office and sent with a tracking number by the customer within 7 business days of delivery. Of course I will gladly pay for return shipping upfront. I will then send out the replacement to you, upon receipt of the garment. Once I receive the returned garment, I will send out a replacement or full refund as soon as possible.


If your package has not arrived by 15 business days for Australian orders, it will be considered missing and I'll offer a full refund!
I accept several payment methods: credit card, debit card, Etsy gift card, Paypal, or Apple Pay. Credit/debit cards accepted are: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express.

Direct payment using a credit card and debit card is processed by Etsy, which uses SSL encryption and does not share the financial details of buyers with sellers. This payment method also offers the added benefit of Etsy's buyer protection.

The following articles may be helpful for customers new to direct payment.

Credit card safety:

How to purchase using a credit card/ debit card:

I also accept payment via Paypal, which also does not share any of your financial details with sellers. Customers who do not have a Paypal account can also checkout as a 'guest' and not be required to sign up for a Paypal account.

First-time customers who are new to shopping on Etsy may like to consult this 'how to purchase' article:
***** Ventriloquist Court's Etsy Store currently ships within Australia only*****




All items under $150 AUD are sent by express post (with tracking). Items over $150 are sent by express post with tracking (& with signature confirmation if requested by the buyer at checkout).


Please note that Australia Post currently DOES NOT guarantee that express post will reach customers within 1-2 business days as before. Delivery days are to be expected.


All items are despatched from Sydney, Australia via Australia Post. Ready-made items are shipped within 2 business days.

Once I've posted your package, I will send you notification and proof of posting right away.
Additional policies and FAQs

Please note that all businesses have the right to protect themselves from risky transactions, and to cancel and refund unshipped orders from customers who request shipping to an alternate address (such as to a private courier company or to country which is not their country of residence). Ventriloquist Court® ships only to the address registered to the customer's etsy account.


I’m deeply sorry, however I do not have a studio opened to the public. I work in my home studio only, which is not open to the public. However, Ventriloquist Court®’s relatively modest pricing for time-intensive garments and in-progress updates with photos aim to make up for the inconvenience to the customer who would normally be able to try on samples and have access to extensive consultations on garment designs at a studio/ fashion house.


Note that 'handmade' as used in Ventriloquist Court®'s store does not refer to the standard definition of ''made entirely by hand without the use of any machinery.'' I use the term 'handmade' to mean that I alone have designed (using my own drawn-up garment patterns) and have sewn the items by BOTH hand stitching and machine sewing in my non-smoking home studio, as opposed to assembly-line production in industrial conditions such as in a factory.


*****Ventriloquist Court® is a registered trade mark
Information Collected

To fulfil your order, you must provide Ventriloquist Court® with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to do so), such as your name, email address, postal address, choice of payment method, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. In addition, you will also need to provide extra personal information for custom orders (such as your measurements etc) and your phone number for orders over $150 AUD. Your phone number will be used to update your customs form only, and never to be used to contact you for marketing purposes.

Why Your Information is Needed, and How Ventriloquist Court® Will Use It

Ventriloquist Court® relies on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

* as needed to provide services, such as when your information is used to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
* when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up to Ventriloquist Court®'s mailing list [which you can only opt into by visiting and filling out your information via the mailing list sign up form there];
* if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of Ventriloquist Court®'s legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving Ventriloquist Court®'s services. Ventriloquist Court® will use your information to provide the services you requested and in Ventriloquist Court®'s legitimate interest to improve its customer services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. Ventriloquist Court® will use your information as necessary to comply with seller obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about Ventriloquist Court®'s customers is important to the business. Your personal information is shared for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

* Etsy. Ventriloquist Court® shares information with Etsy as necessary to provide you services and to comply with seller obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
* Service providers. Ventriloquist Court® engages certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to Ventriloquist Court®, such as delivery companies. Your personal information will be shared with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
* Compliance with laws. Ventriloquist Court® may collect, use, retain, and share your information if it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce Ventriloquist Court®'s agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of Ventriloquist Court®'s customers, or others.

Data Retention

Ventriloquist Court® retains your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with services and as described in Ventriloquist Court®'s Privacy Policy. However, this information may need to be retained to comply with Ventriloquist Court®'s legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce any agreements. Your data is generally kept for the following time period: 5 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

Ventriloquist Court® does not transfer its customers' personal information outside of the EU.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. These rights are described as below:

* Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information Ventriloquist Court® holds about you by contacting Rai Keodara using the contact information below.
* Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict Ventriloquist Court®'s use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where your data must be stored for legal reasons), Ventriloquist Court® will generally delete your personal information upon request.
* Object. You can object to (i) Ventriloquist Court®'s processing of some of your information based on Ventriloquist Court®'s legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from Ventriloquist Court® after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, Ventriloquist Court® will delete your personal information unless there are compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
* Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about Ventriloquist Court®'s use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to contact Ventriloquist Court® for data protection queries

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Rai Keodara of Ventriloquist Court®, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to ladyofteacouture [!at]

More information

Last updated on 18 May, 2022
Frequently asked questions

Very sorry, but the pricing is already very tight. Handmade items are time-consuming. For example, even the simpler skirts take at least 16 hours to make (+ extra time to pre-wash, tea-dye certain fabrics, or to create textile art).

I also use quality materials (my high-end fabrics, for instance, cost as much as AUD$84/m = USD$64/m). A blouse with elaborate floral buds can use up to eight metres of fabric!

Whilst I cannot offer coupon discounts, all customers may expect to see a small surprise in their package!


Genuine questions concerning Ventriloquist Court®’s collection pieces are more than welcome.

For pre-inquiries (i.e. no order has been placed yet by the customer), please expect to receive a maximum of four consultations for all garments (except for the 'Victorianaland' collection; for this collection, please expect a maximum of eight consultations as a general rule of thumb).

A 'consultation' refers to each time the customer reaches out with questions and requests in one etsy message.


No. Sorry, but I don't copy designs by other fashion designers, and do not do vintage reproductions.

Ventriloquist Court® is trade marked in fashion design. Although inspired by period fashion esp. from the Victorian era, everything I create are my own designs using original patterns.


Exchanges: YES (Return within 7 business days of delivery)
Returns for a full refund (due simply to customers changing their minds): NO (sorry!)

Missing Packages: Full refund - YES (for non-arrival of Australian packages by 15 business days

Return shipping: Covered by Ventriloquist Court - YES


NO. Ventriloquist Court only uses peace silk purchased from artisanal fabric suppliers, supporting traditional textile weaving which helps to empower rural communities. However, currently, no certification body exists to oversee and certify the cruelty-free production of peace silk.

Customers with any concerns are more than welcome prior to purchase to ask for a quote for a change in fabric; for instance, where available, linen could be substituted for silk, plant-dyed cotton or vintage cotton for regular cotton, etc. Please message me to discuss possibilities.


ABN: 29775142993
NSW 2566
Etsy store:

Exchanges, Returns, Phone Contact

*****Please email or message me via etsy to obtain my full address and/or phone contact, if you need to exchange items or would like to discuss orders over the phone.


Currently, Ventriloquist Court's Etsy store ships within Australia only. Due to Australia's borders remaining largely closed, there are limited flights from and to Australia. Even for express post within Australia, there may be postal delays.