Rachel Elspeth Gross (born in California) is a fashion designer writer and historian.
Dividing her time between writing about the history of fashion, designing custom apparel, and recreating historic gowns, Rachel creates each piece she makes from scratch, bustles and all.
Rachel learned to sew in childhood, and was formally trained as an apparel designer and fashion historian at the Art Institute in Chicago. She has worked as an apparel designer, fashion writer, window dresser, fashion merchandiser, stylist, and has worked as a fashion illustrator over the course of her years in fashion.
In recent years she has illustrated a coloring book, written and illustrated a short film, and taught sewing and design courses at Maker Spaces. One of her illustrations was featured on a postage stamp in 2014. She currently lives in Florida where she runs a popular fashion history blog, accepts commission design work, and recreates 19th century evening wear for fun.