Boxcar Boutique

And the lady behind it all!

Monica Hankins

Monica Hankins

Designer, Owner

Hi! My name is Monica, I am a Fashion/Costume designer and mother to three beautiful kitties in Los Angeles, California. 
         Ever since I was six years old I’ve been interested in fashion, specifically dresses and costumes. I saw the movie Titanic and fell in love with not only Leonardo DiCaprio, but also the stunning costumes!
         My grandmother had given my Mom a broken in-table singer sewing machine from the 1940’s, but Mama always told me not to mess with it. One day the eight year old me couldn’t resist and I opened her up! I was determined to fix it, and from then on I began teaching myself how to use it. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I made Halloween costumes for myself, skirts for my Barbies, and even a tutu for my golden retriever, Pierre (He loved his tutu!) As a teen, I became very involved with Germantown High School’s notorious theatre department, making hats and hemming pants for the musical Ragtime. I worked on 4+ large productions all varying in time periods, allowing me to broaden my range of construction, and in my senior year I was the Costume Chairman. I also made my prom dresses!
                 After graduating, I moved to Los Angeles from Memphis, Tennessee, to attend the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising for an A.A. degree in Fashion Design. I learned many important skills like draping, drafting a pattern, and grading patterns for different sizes. I graduated in 2011 and then once again from FIDM in June 2013 with a B.S. degree in Business Management. Two years later, I finally decided I wanted to start a business that harnessed my skills, an then Boxcar Boutique was born!
            The extraordinary designs and silhouettes from the past 500 years in women’s fashion significantly inspire my designs. My main objective with Boxcar Boutique is to create one of a kind, couture gowns. Each and every one are pieces of my art and I work diligently to make sure they’re perfect upon completion! Now that you know more about me and Boxcar Boutique, take a look around and enjoy!

Boxcar Services

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Historical Costumes

From ancient Greece to the French Revolution, regency to Edwardian, Jazz age to Cold War, Boxcar Boutique will create a costume fit for a trip on a time machine!

Staring at $400 (USD)

Wedding Gowns

The one dress you’ll cherish forever! Let your girlhood dreams of the perfect dress come to life with your very own BB Bridal Gown

Starting at $600 (USD)

Custom Corsetry

I specialize in a close and custom fit, so naturally the corset is one of my favorite projects! You just have to provide the measurements, I’ll provide the magic!
Starting at $200 (USD)

Special Occasions

Every once in a while I get the urge to create an elegant evening gown perfect for the red carpet, Or any carpet for that matter! Let me make something special for you!
Starting at $300 (USD)

Bridesmaids

I love weddings and I love dresses! Those bridesmaids of yours deserve some love in their dresses, too! (that sounds dirty…)

Starting at $300 (USD)

Alterations & Tailoring

If you have something that you already love and feel it just needs a few adjustments, fill me in, I’d be happy to assist!

Price based on needed service