About Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage
Vintage Mirage offers the most unique and inspiring fashions of Today’s designers around the world. The rotating collections of Clothing, Jewelry and Accessories offer our customers options to mix and match fashions of today with genuine Excellent condition items of the 1900’s. In addition, Vintage Mirage represents a curated roster of Artists whose hand made items include jewelry, clothing, purses, gloves, hats and belts.
Since the roster of individual designers and fashion houses are too numerous to name here, you will find specific lists in alphabetical order on our web site categories.
Vintage Mirage staff are knowledgeable about sizing, contemporary trends, historic looks, and special care for the broad selection of jewelry, clothing and accessories. We have thoroughly inspected each and every item in the sales floor. For your shopping ease, we have organized jewelry in color order, displayed jewelry by color and era, and noted the bust, waist, and hip measurements on each sales tag. We can assist you in enhancing your wardrobe with versatile pieces, as well as make suggestions about accessorizing your favorite outfit from head to toe.
Since the world of fashion and design repeats and inspires itself from historic eras, you will be treated to an adventure in style, texture, fabric, material, era and concept here at Vintage Mirage. And finally since shopping should be an adventure we have included fun, goofey, and exhilarating sparkley, frilly and architectural treasures from unlikely sources mixed in for you to discover and wear.
About the Shop Owner
Elinor Coleman, the owner of Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage, and co-founder of the Alexandria and Arlington ‘Reuse Resource Guide,’ moved to Alexandria in the fall of 2003. For the 23 years prior, Elinor lived and worked in Soho, New York City- the center of the downtown fashion scene and the vintage clothing mecca.
As Artistic Director of the Elinor Coleman Dance Ensemble/Danse Mirage, Inc., a professional modern dance company, Elinor created choreography, designed costumes and stage sets for her concert stage productions and community and educational residencies performed throughout the US, Canada, Japan and Europe.
Elinor’s goal when she moved to Alexandria was to direct her knowledge of fashion and style toward the goal of opening a unique store to fill an unmet need in the Washington, D.C. area for unique vintage items, as well as personalized advice on how to dress and maintain vintage designer clothing, jewelry and accessories.
The goal at Vintage Mirage is to find good homes for the items offered for sale. Elinor hopes to impart a sense of history and respect for the craftsmanship evident in the making of these items.