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Gris Gris Gal, Emily Fredric, is a native New Orleanian who design and custom makes costumes and clothing. From Disney type ball-gowns to custom corset to alternating your intricate wedding dress – Emily has the experience to complete the job. Her work is intricate, detail-oriented, and highly imaginative.
Emily knows the importance, and beauty, of a well tailored outfit. Let her be the one to make you look like a dream.
1. What products and services do you offer?
Gris Gris Gal offers custom made and designed garments and costumes, and specialty alterations. My clients are anyone and everyone, if you have a body and want to dress it in well-fitted clothing, I can help you.
2. How long have you been in business?
I have been working independently since 2016, but I have been sewing for most of my life. I started learning from my grandmother who made clothing for the family and also made Mardi Gras krewe costumes for the now defunct Krewe of Diana. Later on I managed a local vintage store where I was able to learn more traditional ways of construction from the owner and garment inspection. After I left that position it has been a journey of self education and trial and error to discover the skills I have now developed.
3. How do people find you online?
I am currently on Facebook and Instgram as @grisgrisgal but I will be moving away from those later this year as I build and launch a website for my business. The best way to contact me is to email GrisGrisGal@gmail.com.
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
I specialize in detail work. I alter difficult garments such as wedding dresses and gowns. Quality and tailoring are near and dear to my heart, and there is nothing more beautiful to me than a well tailored garment. When it comes to costume commissions, I believe that two creative minds are better than one which is why I often pair with the Crafty Lil’ Devil herself Elizabeth Zibilich to create some truly spectacular creations. I have worked with celebrity clients, but I will keep their names private for obvious reasons.
5. Lagniappe Info.
I’m a born and raised New Orleanian, and I have a passion for keeping local traditions alive. One of the ways I try to contribute to this is by being a member of the marching krewe The Dames de Perlage. Like the Mardi Indians we are trying to keep the tradition of hand beading imagery in fabric (perlage) alive. And because I believe that all people should have access to quality tailoring, my business is inclusive to all, I will happily listen to what my clients want, and try to see if I can make their vision a reality.
Contact Emily directly at GrisGrisGal@gmail.com