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Be a Goddess, Get a Gown

alternative bride - bethany

green gownAs of July 1, 2017 we have been in business for 24 years. Back in the day we used to specialize in grad and wedding gowns.  We still have a ton of really awesome gowns but we’ve diversified to include more festival and steampunk gear. What does that mean?  Well basically, if you know someone who graduated or got married in BC with an alternative fashion style between 1993 and now then they probably got their gown from us.  I mean who else is making wicked cool medieval or renaissance style gowns?

Lately we have been seeing a rebirth of popularity in the alternative grad and bridal style.  People have been coming to see us to get their awesome goth gowns and we couldn’t be happier.  Making grads and brides happy makes us happy.

Feeling romantic? Try a  Juliet Gown with a low back and square neck. Want people to know you’re royalty? Try a  Queen Anne Gown with a high collar and sweetheart neck. Need all eyes on you? Try a Bethany Gown with a high collar and long sweeping sleeves. Whatever your style, we have a gown for you.

Most of our gowns have an a-line shape which is universally flattering on all body types. They are generally made from a structured material like tapestry or velvet and have a contrasting inset.  Many have a lace up feature in the front which allows your to tailor the gown to your shape. All of the gowns look stellar with a cloak and princess wreath. Gowns are available in sizes 2 – 22.

Do you own a Venus & Mars gown?  Tell us about it in the comments below.  When did you get it?  What did you wear it for?  Do you have pictures?

If you know someone who needs a gown why not share this with them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?  Don’t forget to sign up for the Steampunk Tempest to get secret deals!


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Gradstravaganza #tbt #2 Godiva Grad Gown Westender


June 11, 1998 the Westender featured an article by Janet Smith about the medieval flare that was trending in grad gowns.  Of course, she went straight to Venus & Mars to talk to designer/ owner Sanne Lambert.


WE982In the article Sanne said “These are the kinds of prom dresses you would have thought of when you were a little girl.”

I couldn’t agree more.  When I was a little girl I was enthralled by King Arthur and as Janet Smith points out “graduates will be going to their prom looking like they just stepped out of Camelot.”

I wish I had known about Venus & Mars when I went to my prom many years ago.  I would have loved to rock a gown.

Actually I think I had repressed some of those feelings because  the first time I walked into Venus & Mars I bought a purple velvet Juliet gown.  It wasn’t for a specific event, it just felt like it was the gown I was meant to have my whole life.

I wanted it. I needed it.  It had to be mine.

I’ve noticed that when grad girls come looking for a gown they experience a similar serendipitous pull.  And when they come out the fitting room you can tell instantly that they have fallen in love.


What are you drawn to in a way that you just can’t explain?  Let us know in the comments below.

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 Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Gradstravaganza (#tbt grad gown)

Happy day before Friday!

It doesn’t matter where we go,  there is always someone who comes up to us to tell us they got their grad GOWN at Venus & Mars.

After nearly 21 years of years of being in business, it’s no surprise that past grads keep finding us everywhere.

Since it is finally sunny and springy (aka grad season) we thought that we would share some PICTURES and THANK YOU NOTES of past grads on this lovely Throwback Thursday.

If you want to check out some of our new gowns you can do that HERE.

Did you get your grad gown or outfit from Venus & Mars? Let us know what it looked like in the comments below.  Or better yet email ( us a picture of your grad gown!

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Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire