Hi! I am Susan
I am the Owner and Founder of Maggie May Clothing. Since childhood, I have been fascinated with folklife, history, and the “old ways of doing things.” I quickly realized by donning the clothing of the past, I could obtain a deeper understanding of those who came before us. This fascination has followed me through life.
At age 13, I made my first historical costume. Four years later, I sold my first historical garment under the name Maggie May’s Historical Fashion. (Maggie May was my mother’s name and since she taught me to sew, I found the name fitting. Sorry Rod.)
In college, I majored in American History and Fine Arts and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Visual Arts Education. In 2000, I established an online presence. Since then, designing and sewing historical fashions has developed into a full time en devour.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with clients from television networks, film companies, theatrical groups, and museums around the globe. My work has been featured in the New York Times.
My Design Philosophy:
I view historical fashion as a form of storytelling. Good storytellers weave insights into a past we, as a modern audience, may be too far removed from to fully understand. We can use historical fashion to reveal a wealth of information about those who came before us. Historical clothing gives us distinct visual clues about an individual’s circumstance, accommodation, and personality. It can tell us where she/he fits in history. It allows both the wearer and the viewer to experience the past in tangible way. It is my belief that the most successful period clothing is easily recognizable by a modern audience and based clearly enough on historical reality that the viewer gets the whole picture and understands the significance of a character’s time and place.
Maggie May Clothing is a bespoke and small quantity historical clothing company that employs and empowers women by providing a living wage. We believe in high quality, well crafted historical fashion made to last. All our garments are made by my team of seamstresses right here in Southeast Tennessee with materials sourced locally.
Community Give Back:
Maggie May Clothing is a supporter of Visual Arts programming for economically disadvantaged rural youth. In 2018, Susan Jarrett helped facilitate investments of $35,000.00 into the local community. Susan Jarrett is also an Arts and Culture Advocate for rural Southeastern Tennessee and serves as a board member on the local Arts Council. Your purchase from Maggie May Clothing helps support these charitable causes.
Our Clientele Includes:
- Walt Disney Pictures
- Tim Burton Productions
- Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks
- The Hallmark Channel
- The Sante Fe Opera
- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- Georgetown Community Theatre
- McCarter Theatre
- The American Repertory Theater
- Stanford University
- Frazier International History Museum
- Historic Brattonsville
- Conner Prairie
- Lowell Mill Historical Park
- Barrington Living History Farm
- Historic Exchange Place and many more