Hi! Welcome to Maggie May Clothing! We are glad you found us!
Maggie May Clothing is a bespoke historical fashion atelier nestled in a quiet little valley where the Appalachian Mountains meet the Cumberland Plateau. Here at the studio, we believe new is not always better; clothes are meant to withstand the test of time; and exceptional craftsmanship paired with custom fit never goes out of style.
Since 1994, we have been designing and creating authentic, high quality, historical fashion. Our designs are based on extant garments, historical personas, or historical events. We use only top quality, natural fibers appropriate to the styles and period we are replicating.
Maggie May Clothing is the dream-child of historian, designer, and founder, Susan Jarrett. Over the years, Maggie May Clothing has grown to include a team of four seamstresses and includes a vast network of natural dyers, weavers, and heritage artisans.
In 2018, Maggie May Clothing’s designs were featured in the New York Times. Other notable work.
Susan’s 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 comprehend. 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 the story. It allows both the wearer and the viewer to experience the past in an authentic way.
I believe the story told with historical clothing should be recognizable by a modern audience and be based clearly enough on historical example that the viewer understands the entire picture and the significance of a character’s time and place.
Susan Jarrett holds a Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee in Visual Arts and undergraduate degrees in History and Historical Textiles. She is available for workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements. She also offers historical clothing education and consulting services. Please see Services for more information.
Maggie May Clothing is created using both meticulous historical technique and modern ethical practice. We believe in well crafted, mindfully produced fashion made to last. We empower rural women by providing a living wage. We support sustainable production by using all natural, domestically- sourced materials. We recycle existing textiles and partner with local suppliers and natural dyers. All our garments are made by myself and my team of highly trained seamstresses right here in Southeastern Tennessee.
Community Give Back:
Maggie May Clothing supports Visual Arts programming for rural youth. In 2018, Susan Jarrett helped facilitate Arts investments totaling $35,000.00 into the local community. Susan Jarrett is also an Arts and Culture Advocate for rural Southeastern Tennessee and serves on the board of the local Arts Council. Portions of your purchase from Maggie May Clothing help 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