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Vintage Nouveau Fashions From the Past has provided vintage fashion shows, talks on fashion history, costuming and displays of period clothing and accessories since 1990.

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Bonnie Hansen, Owner, Vintage Nouveau - Fashions From the Past


Fashion Historian and owner, Bonnie Hansen is an avid collector of antique clothing.

Bonnie speaks on a variety of topics related to fashion history.

Bonnie often appears at the Victorian Trading Company Tea Room.

She has worked with the motion picture industry as a costumed extra (see special page in menu at left), and has provided wardrobe to notable films like:

  • Steven Spielberg’s, Road to Perdition, starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman

  • Robert Altman’s, Kansas City

  • Ang Lee’s Civil War drama, Ride With The Devil

Bonnie was the Executive Producer for an award-winning  PBS documentary about Kansas City horsewoman Loula Long Combs and her father,  lumber baron  R. A. Long.

She has also worked with the Titanic exhibition, and she costumed the “ghosts” at the KC Rail Experience at Kansas City Union Station.

Bonnie often appears at the Victorian Trading Company Tea Room.

Bonnie speaks on a variety of topics related to fashion history.  Universities, historical societies and senior centers are among her most frequent audiences.

While living in California, Bonnie was restoring and interpreting the historic Victorian gardens at the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento, CA.

Partial List of Clients:

  • Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University

  • City of Lenexa Kansas – “Centennial”

  • Friend of the Kansas City Museum

  • “Gatsby Days,” Excelsior Springs MO

  • Grintner House Museum, Kansas City, Kansas

  • Kansas City Rail Experience

  • Shawnee Town Museum – Shawnee, Kansas

  • Union Station Kansas City, Inc.

  • Vaile Mansion Victorian Society

  • Victorian Trading Company


  • Longview Community College, Lee's Summit, Missouri

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College

  • Stephens College – Columbia, Missouri

Historical Societies:

  • Blue Springs Historical Society

  • Jackson County Historical Society
  • Overland Park Historical Society


  • Kansas City Public Library (Missouri)

  • Johnson County Library (Kansas)

Senior Centers:

  • Lakeview Village – Lenexa, Kansas

  • Delmar Gardens – Lenexa, Kansas

  • Manor Care – Overland Park, Kansas

  • Freedom Pointe – Overland Park, Kansas

  • Sunrise Assisted Living – Leawood, Kansas
  • The Sweetlife Grand Court – Overland Park, Kansas


  • Kansas City Public Television Series
    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III
    costuming and set dressing

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts – Eastern University – St. Davids, PA

  • Additional studies – University of Valencia, Valencia – Spain

Honors –

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

  • Phi Sigma Iota

  • National Honor Society


Thank you for your wonderful presentation of First Ladies at the mansion.  Your enthusiastic and charming way of presenting historical information is fascinating.

Georgia Schmitling
Longview Community College

What a super show!  Many of my students’ projects were inspired by your 1910 lace and tulle wedding dress.

Monica McMurry
Chair, Design and Fashion Dept.
Stephens College

Loula certainly seems to have chosen you to tell her story and keep her memory alive, and you have done so as thoroughly and lovingly as if you were a member of her family!

B. Beavers
Philadelphia, PA

Simply the best!  Your program inspired many phone calls to me.

C. J. Sullivan
Outreach Services Coordinator
Johnson County Library

Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation. Everyone really enjoyed it, and they’re still talking about those underpinnings!  You made our day very special.

Carol Nickerson
University Park Endontics

I awoke this morning still aglow with the feeling of success that can be realized only by someone who has chosen the perfect program for a very important occasion.

Deana McClure
Ladies Reading Circle of Olathe

Bouquet for Bonnie!   Bravo!!
Bouquet for Bonnie!   Bravo!!