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My Great Grandmother Eleanor is the inspiration for my store; although I barely knew her, the style, elegance and free willed resourcefulness she embodied as an independent (and sometimes scandalous) women in the roaring twenties have always inspired me to this day.

I learnt my talents as a seamstress from my artist mother, whom I avidly watched as a child whilst she sat for hours at her loom, making elegant church tapestries for her business.

It was these two great women that inspired me to go to Scotland to pursue my passion for the arts and cultural history at the ancient University of Aberdeen, where I eventually completed my Master of Arts in History with a thesis on Frances Burney (the novelist who inspired much of Jane Austen's works). It was here I met my wonderful husband and stayed until last year, when we moved (along with our…

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  • Born on July 29
  • Joined March 24, 2011

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cotton batiste, lace, lawn, silk, buttons

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My Great Grandmother Eleanor is the inspiration for my store; although I barely knew her, the style, elegance and free willed resourcefulness she embodied as an independent (and sometimes scandalous) women in the roaring twenties have always inspired me to this day.

I learnt my talents as a seamstress from my artist mother, whom I avidly watched as a child whilst she sat for hours at her loom, making elegant church tapestries for her business.

It was these two great women that inspired me to go to Scotland to pursue my passion for the arts and cultural history at the ancient University of Aberdeen, where I eventually completed my Master of Arts in History with a thesis on Frances Burney (the novelist who inspired much of Jane Austen's works). It was here I met my wonderful husband and stayed until last year, when we moved (along with our Scottish cat) back to the United States.

While I miss the United Kingdom and being close to all the history I love so much, I am now back next to my family. Despite the move I am still able to practice my passion for the arts here, whether it is teaching history at a local high school, performing community theater, obsessing over Opera and of course making authentic period costumes for Eleanor's Box.

I put a lot of love, research and passion into the dresses I create, taking care to ensure each dress has the same authenticity and quality I expect in all my creative endeavors.

Thank you for visiting my page and I trust that you too will feel a little of the elegance, style and independence that Eleanor inspires in me when you first slip on one of my gowns.

Yours faithfully,

Kirsten Yates

To learn more about Eleanor's Box, our sales and some of the research that goes into my work please visit my blog at:
http://eleanorsbox.wordpress.com/

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