The lady behind it all!
Hi! My name is Monica, I am a Fashion/Costume designer and mother to two 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 then began teaching myself how to use it. Throughout my childhood, I made Halloween costumes, Barbie skirts, and even a tutu for my golden retriever, Pierre (He loved his tutu!) As a teen, I was heavily involved with my high school’s notorious theatre program, starting with 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 served as the Costume Chairman, my senior year. And of course, I made my own prom dresses!
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, pattern drafting, and grading patterns for different sizes. I graduated from FIDM with a B.S. degree in Business Management. Two years later, I finally decided I wanted to start a business that harnessed my skills, and 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 is a piece 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 ♥