http://galadarling.comWelcome to a world of tattered silk, stained lace & decadently distressed velvet. A world where girls eyes are always fringed with magical false eyelashes, their hair is always elegantly tousled, & they wear elaborate headpieces while lounging around the house.
This is the world of Dawn Younger-Smith, owner of The Boudoir Queen, where disheveled opulence reigns. Citing the likes of Marchesa Louisa Casati, Kiki De Montparnasse & Erte as style icons & influences, when she isn’t busy designing stage costumes for celebrities — she’s currently creating outfits for The Veronicas tour — Dawn has been known to delight onlookers in a dress made from Aleister Crowley collage!
I pounced on her for 10 quick questions. I like to imagine her writing her answers while wearing an immense feathered headdress!
Who are you & and what do you do?
Dawn Younger-Smith: I am Dawn Younger-Smith, owner of the company Boudoir Queen. I am a designer, artist & collector of the rare & unusual.
Who & what are you currently inspired by? Dawn Younger-Smith: My assistant Shannon inspires me & I’m sort of into Bette Davis right now.
Who do you design for? Dawn Younger-Smith: Boudoir Queen designs stage clothing for many recording artists and actresses. Right now we are designing clothes for The Veronicas tour.
What is your current favorite outfit? Dawn Younger-Smith: My favorite outfit is our new Cherry Bomb ruby lined jackets. I wear them with everything and always faboo shoes. I’m also very much into my Piano Shawl dresses with our BQ silver metallic lace turbans.
What’s your ultimate style tip? Dawn Younger-Smith: In the famous words of Coco Chanel “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”… So be different!
Where’s your favorite place to relax? Dawn Younger-Smith: I have a fabulous room in my house filled with all my 1920’s lingerie collection & my boudoir dolls. The room makes me feel relaxed. I also like to lounge at The Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles for days on end. I love the vibe.
Who are your style icons? Dawn Younger-Smith: Marchesa Casati, Paul Poiret, Anita Pallenberg, Edie Sedgwick & Lou Doillon just to name a few.
What do you love to splurge on? Dawn Younger-Smith: Christian Louboutins & lots of beauty products. I was a celebrity make-up artist for many years & I am enjoying buying lots of Illamasqua. I also buy a godawful amount of vintage clothing & textiles. It’s my passion.
Where can we find your pieces? Dawn Younger-Smith: The Boudoir Queen
What’s your next big dream? Dawn Younger-Smith: Going on tour with my husband!