Kay Gnagey

Kay was born in Germany. She lives in a late Victorian house in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Historical clothing has been a source of fascination from early childhood. Growing up in a household full of books on art history, she was more interested in the people and the clothes they wore in those paintings than the great master's brush strokes!

She received her first book on history of clothing when she was 10 - James Laver's Fashion, it was quickly followed by Max von Boehn's History of Manners and Modes and many others. Her Barbies had Elizabethan ruffles and hoop skirts, her school notes were dotted with doodles of fancy period clothing.

This interest brought her first to the theater and she was wardrobe mistress for an award winning production of "My Fair Lady" by the Munster Garrison Players, Germany.

However, her parents insisted that she study something "proper", so now she has a MA in Education with major in Math, and a MS in Math from Purdue. Perhaps this means that she does bring at once an artistic and an analytic mind to this endeavor (at least it probably helps with pattern drafting!).

She has always enjoyed sewing, and as her children are now finally old enough to drive themselves, she felt it was time to finally follow her dream and make a lifelong interest her business.

Kay is the proprietress of Originals by Kay.and one of the founding partners in P. Palmer Dry Goods.  She was also involved in the movie project "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and designed and executed the clothing worn by the family.

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