RitaNoTiara was founded in 1994 when I graduated with a Degree in Textiles and Fashion. For many years the clothes took a back seat as I worked as a freelance designer for the home furnishings market selling mainly to US high end companies. Gradually over the years Rita took over and now I concentrate on the label.
The ethos of RitaNoTiara Southern Gothic Couture is “Dare to be Different – Wear to be Seen” – If you want to be that bit different from the crowd then these are the clothes for you .
RitaNoTiara Southern gothic Couture is a mix Victorian romance with a contemporary twist of the Southern Gothic or Midwest Prairie look. Romantic ruffles are the hallmark of this eclectic yet contemporary look. All pieces are made to order. Fabrics are hand dyed and no two items are the same. Many use vintage fabrics and complicated dyeing techniques. Layers and layers of frothy ruffles in natural fabrics form the basis of this very unusual and versatile range. Wear with Victorian style button boots or cowboy boots or gypsy boho sandals.
RitaNoTiara Southern Gothic Couture is a popular quirky English lagenlook layering label catering for all sizes from petite to plus size – our clothes are worn at weddings, rodeos, Gothic and Steampunk events, think Scarlett O Hara and The Deep South, Plantations and Prairies, Pirates and Cavaliers, ranchers and cowgirls, dandy highwayman, fops, wenches, Dangerous Liaisons, Gone With the Wind and The Grapes Of Wrath, New Romantics. Helena Bonham Carter is our Muse and Johny Depp our Mr Muse . Our Southern Gothic Side loves all thing dark and south - True Detective, Rectify, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Killer Joe, Truman Capote, Erskine Caldwell and on and on
RitaNoTiara is Southern Gothic opulence and decadence combined with the Midwest Prairie style, gypsies, pirates, victorian boudoir all held together with RitaNoTiara flair.
Although we sometimes use vintage fabrics and lace all our pieces are made by ourselves to our own designs from start to finish’. All our clothes are hand made and hand dyed in the UK - we do not use any mass production and each piece is a one off.
Most items can be mixed and matched to create different looks.
RitaNoTiara Southern Gothic Couture is artisan made clothing, pieces of wearable art and are funky English Lagenlook at its best.
Please allow up to thirty working days during busy times for your order to be created especially for you. Upon ordering you will be given a dispatch date and your order will be sent out to you as soon as possible on or before that date.