Tuesday, 29 June 2010


Ok so we all know that festival season has finally hit us!! Rockness has past, glasto was this weekend and TITP is next!!! With literally the LINE UP TO END ALL LINE UPS at T this year we know you need to look your best!

That’s why we have prepared the hottest ever festival wardrobe for you in store! Come along this Friday 1st July dressed in your finest vintage buys and enjoy our festival chic day and late night opening. From 10 am we will be in store helping you style all your festival get ups finding you those all important amazing outfits for TITP. From cut off levis 501 shorts, delicate vintage dresses, distressed denim, 80s ts and amazing accessories this is a whole day of fun NOT TO BE MISSED!

We also have some very important people coming down to the store to write a review for a new up and coming magazine on vintage in the area and of course we want all our lovely customers opinions of the store mentioned in the article!! So come along dressed in your finest and we will have you photographed and featured on the blog.

Friday, 25 June 2010


The Dressing Up Box has now started an in store alteration service. Because we want you to make the most out of your vintage. If you would like it taken up, collars off, lengths altered we will do it all in store taking a small deposit. And if we can't do it we will send it to a dressmaker who can.
Because we don’t believe in vintage pieces being hacked up and made into something else straight away we want you to see all the pieces completely un altered and see the real beauty in them and then with a quick consultation with one of our team we will see what it is you are wanting to get out of the outfit and alter it to fit.
Just ask any of our members of staff on hand and they will provide you with all the details.


Do we have something in store for you!! Jaws are going to drop once the promo video for The Dressing Up Box is released next week.
The Collaboration of a Lifetime to say the least!

A MASSIVE thanks to Ian Forbes, Lewis Den Hertog and Sean Christie for coming down and filming with us on maybe the HOTTEST day of the year! I don’t want to give too much away and ruin the big surprise but temperatures were defiantly rising as our models arrived.

Ian and Lewis both recently graduated from Duncan Of Jordanstone with a BA(HONS) in Time Based Art. These are two extremely talented boys!! Whilst Sean Christie is constantly giving us a creative hand down at the shop with his many talents in photography, editing and his genuinely amazing ideas! we really couldn’t have asked for a better team on the day.

To check out some of their work just have a look at the links below:
for Ian Forbes show reel of recent cinematography
and Sean Christies recent work


As well as stocking fabulous vintage pieces the Dressing Up Box is also setting the backbone for enhancing the creativity within the fashion industry by stocking new designers and giving them a platform to stand on. There is alot of creativity and many talented designers coming out of the Dundee area and without any current platform to exhibit their work this is a much needed aspect for local boutiques.
The Dressing Up Box is proud to now be stocking the work of Local designer Samantha McEwen.

Samanthas Work for GFW River Island 2010

Isolated Heroes is the ready to wear label from the up and coming undergraduate designer Samantha McEwen. Samantha recently finished her third year achieving her BA in fashion design for Industry at the prestigious Heriot Watt University School of Textile and Design.
Some of her previous work includes a diffusion range for River Island, a knitwear collection entitled "Geeks and Freaks", a sportswear collaboration within the Pentland Group and her most recent Bachelor of Arts third year collection, "LOVE YOUR BONES". All of which have received much critical acclaim and praise.

Her ready to wear range includes many of the key sought after pieces from her Bachelor of Arts collection.
The Dressing Up Box is Currently the only stockist to display these exclusive one off pieces and offers the opportunity for people to come in and speak to the designer herself, look through the design books and have personal one on one commissions made from inside the store.
Remember all the designers garments are complete one offs! She will not make the same design twice unless comissioned to do so. Therefore it is EXTREMELY important to snap these up while you can!
For more of Samantha’s Work do not hesitate to look on her blog
Isolatedheroes.blogspot.com for the latest news on her design work or contact her personally for a look book on samantha.j.mcewen@hotmail.co.uk


Our wonderfull store opened on Saturday 5th of June!! After much stress and lots of 16 hour days with everyone litraly working around the clock the opening day was made possible. Concidering the shop was basically a building site the week before with the floor caving in a few days prior to opening i dont think anyone anticipated the shop to be ready on time. But without fail the shop was finally ready to be opened to the public and we all could not contain our excitment!!!!

AND WHAT AN OPENING PARTY!!!!! I dont think carnoustie high street quite new what had hit it as the models arrived at seven in the morning taking their place in the windows where they were posing as live models all day. With the wine flowing and all the staff on board the shop was busy busy all day, packed with eager customers and press and bloggers.
I think its fair to say everyone had an amazing time! And believe me this is the first of many big events in the shop.

Thursday, 24 June 2010


The Dressing Up Box is the brain child of fashion & textile management student Danielle Coates.
The Dressing Up Box is Carnousties first EVER vintage boutique, collaborating the creative concepts of Danielle Coates, Bethany Bowles and Samantha McEwen and providing a completely unique shopping experience for the fashion hungry.

Setting itself away from the other vintage boutiques in the Dundee area, The Dressing Up Box is a completely unique store of its kind combination the thoughts and ideas of three extremely ambitious talented young women. The store came about after Bill Bowles (the stores owner) bought a large supply of fancy dress clothing and instead of opening another mundane fancy dress outlet he saw a gap in the market and offered the opportunity to combine the stores large space into this one off creative outlet.

Not only does the store offer a large supply of beautiful hand picked vintage pieces from the 60s, 70s and 80s and a wide selection of fancy dress items to hire for all occasions, it also looks into other areas of vintage. Displaying beautiful restored pieces of antique furniture from the 70s and 80s. All of which are on sale.

The carefully selected team will help create the perfect unique outfit by combining their knowledge of the fashion industry and their love for vintage whilst getting to know the shopper on a personal level creating an innovative outfit for any special occasion. Inside the store the customer is able to sit back and relax in this vibrant creative space. Its this one on one relationship with the customer that makes the Dressing Up Box truly special.