Anne Robichaux

Collector of Trashy Diva vintage reproduction clothes
Cheryl Gerber
The courtyard of the historic cottage Anne and Myles, her husband, own, serves as a backdrop for Anne to model one of her favorite Trashy Diva dresses. With a wardrobe numbering more than 100 items from the Trashy Diva collection, Anne serves as a pinup for the popular local vintage reproduction clothing line.

Anne Robichaux could easily be the poster girl for Trashy Diva’s vintage reproduction clothes. With a wardrobe numbering more than 100 items from the Trashy Diva collection, Anne has set herself apart as a fashion maven of a different vintage. “I am drawn to clothes that are 1940s to 1960s inspired, but primarily 1950s,” Anne says. “I am all about skirts and dresses; actually, I only own one pair of pants.” And, yes, she does have "Bettie bangs," named for Bettie Page, the leading pinup of the 1950s, and you will usually find her wearing red lipstick and cat eye black eyeliner.

Anne’s first two Trashy Diva purchases were her wedding and rehearsal dinner dresses. Now her wardrobe looks like a New York fashion week showing of the Trashy Diva label. She is quick to say that there is something special about wearing the signature clothes she loves. “Some of the clothes make me feel very glamorous, some make me feel like a pinup, and others are just comfortable,” she says. Then she adds with a smile, “I feel most like myself in my Trashy Diva outfits.”

Like a true believer, Anne feels that the company makes some of the best vintage reproduction clothes available anywhere. “The construction of each garment is spot on,” she says. “I love the prints and the fact that the fabrics are very lush, not to mention that everything fits me like a glove.”

A marketing associate at The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), where she has worked since 2004, Anne feels that her degree in history and art history has been put to good use. “I am proud of THNOC’s commitment to collect and preserve items important to the history of New Orleans,” she says.

Anne and her husband, Myles, a forensic scientist with the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, own a 1830s cottage in a French Quarter. “Our furnishings are appropriate to the period of the house,” she says. “We have 19th century Gothic reproductions pieces and sleep in a reproduction of a Mallard bed.” The couple shares their home with a pair of rescued Shih Tzus dogs. “While I came from a small family that is spread out across the country, my husband is from a large Cajun family that is almost entirely in Bayou Lafourche area.” The couple met in Boston just as Myles was getting ready to move to back to New Orleans where he had previously lived. “After three months apart, I gave up my job at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and moved here to be with him.”

How does she like living in New Orleans? “New Orleans felt like home from day one,” she says. “I'm cold if it is less than 80 degrees, so the weather is perfect for me. I love the food, music, people and sense of history. In New Orleans, you can be whoever you want and no one cares. I once talked to a guy while walking my dogs in the middle of the day – he was wearing a Superman suit (including a cape) and it didn't even come up in conversation.”

It didn’t take Anne long to discover Trashy Diva clothes after moving to New Orleans. “There was a shop around the corner from us, and I would always walk by and stare at the dresses,” she says.  “When it came time to purchase my wedding dress, I knew exactly where to go.” The couple married at Antoine’s Restaurant on October 27, 2007. The ceremony was in the Mystery Room and the reception was in the Hermes Room. Our wedding was the last event in the Hermes Room before they turned it into a bar.”  

Anne’s wedding dress was perfect for the event. “Trashy Diva is a wonderful operation to work with,” she says. “They have the best customer service of any store I have ever dealt with. They do a lot for their customers and take very good care of us. There is even a whole online community that has grown up on Facebook named “Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva” with members from all over the world.” Then she smiles, and names her favorite women who work for Trashy Diva, “There is Mia, Aubrey, Elizabeth, Alya and the customer service manager, Erin, who works miracles. And, although I don’t know her well, I am a great admirer of Candice Gwinn, the founder and owner of the company.”

Retro style shoes are also Anne’s passion. “I love the vintage style round toes, t-straps and Mary Janes,” she says. “My favorite brands are Miss L Fire, Chelsea Crew and BAIT. My favorite handbag to carry is one I bought in Venice, Italy, but I also have a couple of bags from Lux de Ville that look like the sparkly vinyl 1950s diners used on their seats.”

Then Anne goes on to say her most-prized necklaces she wears are Murano glass pendants that she picked up in Venice. “They go perfectly with many of my dresses, and I do like to wear silk and other artificial flowers in my hair, with my newest favorite made from recycled vinyl records.

“And don’t forget to mention that I enjoy the fact that all kinds of people stop me to tell me they love my dresses. I get tons of compliments. A man came up to me recently at the French 75 Bar in Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter to let me know the men at his table had been talking about my dress, and what a big deal he thought it was that men were noticing my dress.” Anne would have to agree it is fun being the pinup girl for Trashy Diva clothes

 

 

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