Rare Dirndl Stories & Customer Spotlights

Rare Dirndl Stories & Customer Spotlights

Dirndl Stories: Dirndl origins and everyday wear

Dirndl Stories: Dirndl origins and everyday wear

Dirndls originated as a day dress with an apron and blouse for folks to wear while they worked in rural areas surrounding the Alps. Since washing clothes was not as easy as tossing it in the machine, these 2 separate pieces were very practical because they could wash the blouse and apron more often. Over time the style became more common, recognized as a regional folk dress and eventually it evolved into a style of fashion. 
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Dirndl Stories: The Dirndl Closet

Dirndl Stories: The Dirndl Closet

Growing up being an active member of a German dance group since age for, we indeed had a Dirndl closet in our house. In fact, my dad made a special cedar closet in our basement where all our trachten was kept. Now that I have my own home, we have a closet in one of the rooms dedicated to our trachten as well. It’s not as nice as my parents cedar closet, but all the dirndls, blouses, lederhosen, trachtenhemden, socks etc have their own place. 
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10 Years of the Modern Dirndl

10 Years of the Modern Dirndl

Since starting Rare Dirndl in 2010, as the founder and designer, I’ve had my pulse on the Dirndl and its trends. This presentation originally for the folks at the GAHC, dives into the topic of the modern dirndl design and how it has evolved over the past 10 years. From what is happening in Germany vs America to the differences in fabrications and sales avenues, I touch on all the relevant topics you'll want to hear about.
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One Dirndl - Nine Ways to Wear It

One Dirndl - Nine Ways to Wear It

In a time in history where we unfortunately find ourselves with few events to wear our dirndls to, I’ve found joy in wearing my dirndl to everyday places and to do everyday things. Not only does it give me a reason to feel like I’m dressed up (and out of my sweatpants) but it also makes me happy!
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Customer Spotlight: Celebrating our German Heritage by wearing Dirndls at Home

Customer Spotlight: Celebrating our German Heritage by wearing Dirndls at Home

We are all acutely aware that since 2020 our lives have been turned upside down and things we considered “normal” have  shifted. Our favorite events have been cancelled, our habits changed dramatically and the way in which we communicate also shifted. Zoom is a common app, suddenly we all new hobbies, new ways to manage our mental health and we appreciated our healthcare workers more than ever. 

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One-of-a-Kind Dirndls for a One-of-a-Kind Gal: That’s Vicki!

One-of-a-Kind Dirndls for a One-of-a-Kind Gal: That’s Vicki!

Hello Everyone, I am Victoria Schwager from the Detroit Donauschwaben. I have my graduate Degree in Social Work and get the pleasure of working in the mental health field everyday. When I am not enjoying work, I am spending time with family and friends. 
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Kickass Tuba Player with a Stars Dirndl? YUP that's Lauren!

Kickass Tuba Player with a Stars Dirndl? YUP that's Lauren!

Well it all started in China... Not your typical start to a Dirndl story.
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I Design Dirndls for a Living... but am I even German? My DNA test results

I Design Dirndls for a Living... but am I even German? My DNA test results

When the DNA ancestry tests came out I was immediately intrigued... but I resisted for a long time. There was one commercial that straight up made me not want go through with the test. "Growing up we were German. We danced in a German dance group. I wore Lerderhosen... I decided to have the DNA tested... the big surprise was we weren't German at all." AH WHAT?! Hell NAH! I wasn't going to pay someone to turn my life upside down. I was convinced that if I took this test... I was going to have to throw in the dirndl towel and start my life over.
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Custom Branded Dirndls for the Gals of the Wine & Crime Podcast!

Custom Branded Dirndls for the Gals of the Wine & Crime Podcast!

At the beginning of this year, my assistant at the time, Sam, was occasionally listening to the Wine & Crime podcast while she was sewing in the studio and a few times I would catch a listen. When I eventually was able to listen to a full episode, I was hooked. These girls kept me laughing and as an avid watcher of Law & Order SVU, NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds, etc… this true crime comedy podcast was right up my alley. I am well aware that this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is mine!
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She wore the same dirndl all year long!

She wore the same dirndl all year long!

At the beginning of the year, Layne decided that she was going to spend the year “In Bloom”… meaning she would wear her In Bloom Dirndl to every German event throughout the entire year, and never repeat a look. I thought this was a truly amazing challenge and I was honored to have been able to be a part of it and see all of her looks throughout the year.
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Sisters in Dirndls: Sister who ROCK the matching dirndl look

Sisters in Dirndls: Sister who ROCK the matching dirndl look

One of the great things about having a sister is that sometimes you can share clothes! But when it comes to these sisters... they'd rather just have their own dirndl (even if it's the same as their sister!).  

Wearing matching dirndls, even if they are not exact matches, is so much fun! I love matching my sister and honestly when the whole family get's involved... I love it even more! 

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Gerti's Dirndl Revamp: Keeping all of the Memories and None of the 90s style

Gerti's Dirndl Revamp: Keeping all of the Memories and None of the 90s style

Last year my mother-in-law noticed that I had done Up-cycle Project using a vintage dirndl for a customer and she was wondering if I would be able to do the same for her. Of course I was super excited and was totally ready for the challenge!
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As always, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. - Erika

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