In 2006, Timely Tresses emerged from
the creative endeavors of Dannielle Perry and Mandy Foster.
That year, the company published 7 patterns, spanning the
1840's through the early 1860's, based on original bonnets,
photographic evidence, and period periodicals. In 2007,
Timely Tresses published 4 additional patterns for 1850's
and 1860's fashion bonnets as well as patterns for a hood
and a sunbonnet. 2008 saw the introduction of the first of a
series of 22 fashion plate books. Six long awaited Regency
Era patterns emerged in mid 2009 and are featured by
Jane Austen Centre. In 2011, Timely Tresses released the
first of three millinery guides featuring their extensive
collection of original bonnets, antique periodicals, and
photographs. Timely Tresses participates as
a vendor in living history events and artisan fairs.
Dannielle Perry, a graduate of North Carolina State
University and former teacher, has had an interest in
fashion and fabric arts her entire life. An active participant in living history since 1995,
she conducts on going research on historic fashion
based on original garments, antique periodicals, and period
photography. Dannielle resides in North Carolina with her
husband Randy and three children.
Mandy Foster, a thirteen-year veteran of living history,
studies fashion history, and teaches sewing, design, and
patternmaking. After completing an internship at Past
Patterns, she graduated in 2002 from Oklahoma State
University with a B.S. in Apparel Design and Production and
a minor in History. Mandy and her husband Sean own Baker
Lane, specializing in vintage-inspired motherhood sewing
patterns, and Foster & Foster Clothiers, specializing in
reproduction WWII British dress hats. Mandy, Sean, and their
four children make their home in North Carolina.
Mandy and Dannielle both work hard to balance the needs of
their growing families and the demands of Timely
Tresses. In the future, look forward to additional patterns
spanning the early to mid 19th century and several books.