In 1995 a dear friend gave me a video of Carolena Nericcio's first Fat Chance Belly Dance instruction. The seed planted in the 70s suddenly broke ground and spread its graceful leaves.
A year later I was teaching others in my SCA group, and in 2003 began teaching classes through the local college. In 2006 my students and fledgling troupe, Sha'Waza Belly Dance Company, had their first performance with my eight year old daughter beside me.
Our troupe grew to over 30 members at one point with many appearances each year, securing an annual place at the Midsummer Renaissance Festival in Utah.
During this time I turned my sewing talents to Tribal Style designs with an historical flair. After my first 25 yard skirt, I swore never to do another, but by 2008 the economy sent my family and I into a financial crisis with no home or job. Moving to LA was my only hope for finding work. Instead I found the garment district.
My first sales were Ghawazee coats and Turkish style vests. Suddenly the wheels started churning, I pulled up my big-girl panties and attempted another 25 yard skirt.
After somewhere around 101 design attempts and changes, I finally perfected a skirt design I love to wear and didn't hate to make. While watching the classic movie "Petticoat Junction", I coined Petticoat Skirts to identify my skirts.
In 2009, Painted Lady Clothiers was born, and as we now celebrate ten years, we thank all of you for stopping in and hope to one day meet you on one of our expeditions.
Painted Lady's roots took hold way back in the 70s when I, Lady Faie, was just a tot performing tap, ballet, acrobats and gymnastics.
My mother diligently made my costumes for stage as well as Halloween, and my grandmother made hundreds of gorgeous quilts and wedding cakes, setting a strong foundation and sense of creative design.
A few years later, Renaissance Faires and belly dance came into my periphery, and a seed was planted.
Always following my own path, I found myself neck deep in the world of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) as a Mistress of Arts & Sciences in the early 90s. It was then I found my calling creating clothing with historical designs and sought to outfit my family of seven with those that could survive children of all ages as well as week long costumed events and wars.
My need for packing small with opportunity for variety developed my sense of mix-and-match wardrobes.
Lady Faie has always been inspired by color and freedom of individual creative expression.
This drives her to create fashions that nurture your inner alter ego through color and texture to enhance and define your unique and vibrant identity.
As a premiere Tribal Style Belly Dance and historical clothier, she has created fashions for stage, re-enactment, SCA, Ren Faire, LARPing, COSPLAY and theme weddings since 1990.
She specializes in creating colorful ensembles that will offer multiple wearing options to expand your wardrobe even farther as well as historically themed Belly Dance and Orientale clothing for nearly any venue.
Painted Lady offers what others don't:
~First and only fully custom Tribal Belly Dance fashions made exclusively for your size and shape
~Over 100 colors and combinations for most of our cotton, rayon and silk apparel
~Multiple design options to choose from for most of our collections
~Mix-and-Match ensembles for many days of use and variety
~Quality, function and durability for years of use
~Near zero waste on most designs
~Affordable pricing for custom designs
Always loved hats and dressing up...