As strange as it may sound to many of you, before this year, I never owned a Dirndl. Not even as a child. But… since I’m attending a lot more German Festivals these days, it was pointed out to me, that I would fit in better if I wore one. True enough. But I didn’t want something typically Bavarian (my family is from a different part of Germany). Where could I Buy a Dirndl in USA? A custom Dirndl that fit my background and personality. Without hesitation I knew! Rare Dirndl made ordering the perfect Dirndl EASY! And now I’d like to share my Rare Dirndl experience with you.
My Rare Dirndl Experience
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My family is not from Bavaria, so a dirndl is not a traditional costume for me. This doesn’t mean that we don’t HAVE traditions… it’s just that the Tracht is different. Not wildly so, but enough to make me feel like I wanted something not straight off the rack. Something that would reflect my mother’s Silesian heritage, my father’s Brandenburg birthplace, and my family’s North Rhine Westphalia home?
I contacted Erika Neumeyer at Rare Dirndl for help. Erika got right back to me, and her enthusiasm for the project got me all fired up!
For the past few years I’ve seen posts from Erika online. Her modern take on Dirndls goes well beyond what your Oma might have worn. After graduating and winning a number of design awards, she studied couture, fashion and cultural costume in Paris. In 2010, she started Rare Dirndl, and it immediately outgrew the space. Her fabric choices and colors may seem out of the ordinary… but the end result is a spectacular marriage of old and new, with an edginess that fits today’s culture. Erika handles everything from design to merchandising, making her an expert at starting a clothing line. Fashion changes with the times, and I see Erika as the trendsetter who will make wearing a dirndl COOL!
Our project started with loads of emails back and forth…. I sent photos of Tracht I found online, and photos of a dress my Aunt would wear to festivals… We discussed colors, and shape… And we talked about making it a versatile outfit that could be worn several ways. (I knew that I would be at festivals over multiple days, and I didn’t want to always look the same…. and I didn’t want to have to buy a closet full of dirndls...yet).
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Erika sent me a series of design sketches… her suggestion was for a skirt, vest and shawl.
I chose #2…. To me a skirt and vest seemed most practical (clearly, my Oma was in my head).The primary color would be green, because Gruen ist Leben! (Green is life) I also wanted a shawl…. something to add warmth (on cold nights) and to give a nod to the Silesian and Brandenburg trachts.
Then it was time to send her the measurements…(You know… NOTHING is quite as humbling as wrapping that measuring tape around your waist… but there is no sense in lying about the numbers, because you need things to fit….)
And then I waited… but not very long at all!
Occasionally she’d send me a question… or a photo update….
We decided to add a Burgundy apron (because it’s my favorite color), and a splash of color is nice. She added a beautiful piece of Rose embroidery to the shawl to reflect the roses found on Silesian Tracht.
And then… it arrived…
And it fit perfectly!
The details were beautiful…. the Vest is a rose patterned black material, with a black rose lace overlay…Instead of buttons, there are edelweiss eyelets to string a fine silver chain. The green skirt made from a rich feeling material that is a dream to wear…. And the blouse… cute!!! (Side note- the blouse was the only non-custom part of my dirndl… )
The ultimate compliment came from the many strangers who came up to me and told me how much they loved my dirndl. Some even took photos!
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They are unmistakable!
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I can honestly say, if you want to buy a Dirndl in USA, contact Erika at Rare Dirndl! The experience was painless (well, except for the measuring bit…) and I was delighted with the outcome. Keep in mind, you definitely don’t have to make a custom order like I did. She has LOADS of beautiful Dirndl dresses, dirndl blouses, dirndl jewelry and aprons in stock at all times. All of her Dirndl are made here in the USA! Check out the website… and be amazed.
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Dress it up or down… change the blouse from white to black…. add a different apron for every day of the Fest! The Little Black Dirndl is ALWAYS in fashion!
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Here’s a conversation I had with Erika Neumayer
Months after contacting Erika, I finally got to meet her for the first time at Germanfest Milwaukee. Her booth was bursting with amazing Dirndls and accessories… and she was crazy busy. Everyone wanted one! And no wonder!! Her style is unmistakable, and her use of unexpected fabrics (like fur, leather, and Indian batiks) make incredible dirndls that women WANT to wear. Add to that some edgy and fun jewelry, and you have a timeless look in keeping with the 21st century.