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Teen Vogue Editor Mary Kate Steinmiller's Secret Party Dress Resource

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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

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Teen Vogue's Fashion Market Editor Mary Kate Steinmiller may spend her days adorning the pages of Vogue's younger-generation publication with the latest from emerging and established designers, but that doesn't mean she doesn't appreciate a pre-loved gown. So when that special occasion approaches, she heads to Geminola, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it storefront on Perry Street. Owner Lorraine Kirke searches worldwide for one-of-a-kind vintage fabrics and then transforms them into spectacular individualized creations.

Geminola is my favorite hidden shopping destination. The whimsical dress resource, in a tiny storefront on Perry Street, is my go-to spot for a unique and beautiful special-occasions look. It's a shop for the grown-up fairy tale princess with racks full of re-worked vintage dresses and skirts, including dip-dyed silks, lovingly frayed tulle skirts, embellished taffeta dresses, and bodices adorned with hand-made fabric corsages. I often stop at the store to borrow dresses for extra special cover shoots and end up falling in love with a dress or two for myself. The dresses have a paper bag princess aesthetic. They all seem to have been worn and loved but their custom re-design give them a refreshing sparkle and allure.
· Geminola [Official Site]
· Teen Vogue [Official Site]
· All Mary Kate Steinmiller Coverage [Racked NY]


41 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014