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L.A. Frock Stars

L.A. Frock Stars

Photo Credit:  Smithsonian Channel
  • Premiered: 
    March 7, 2013
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  • Network: Smithsonian
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: fashion, celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

This half-hour reality series follows Doris Raymond, owner of the Los Angeles vintage fashion store The Way We Wore, and her team of fashion hunters, as they assist an endless stream of clients, from Dita von Teese and Debi Mazar to Linda Ramone and a host of others. Doris, who has been buying and selling vintage clothing for over 30 years, personally curates her shop's extensive collection of vintage clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories that span the entire 20th century, and she has supplied wardrobe for various film and television productions including TITANIC, BOARDWALK EMPIRE and CASINO. Now, in LA FROCK STARS, she helps burlesque artist Dita von Teese; provides some threads for GLEE's costume designer; outfits Linda Ramone, the wife of the late Johnny Ramone, for the Grammy Awards; travels to Texas for the Antique Elegance Show, where the theme is 1940s big band era; buys outfits from Sharon Stanley, a vocalist with The Glenn Miller Orchestra; provides inspiration for designers, like Gregory Westbrook and Nick Fouquet, co-founders of Westbrook Hats; pulls a selection of dresses for Debi Mazar, who finds the perfect sassy number to celebrate her 10th wedding anniversary; and offers just the right outfits to stylists of the rich and famous, while always hunting for new old fashion for her store. Her team includes: Sarah Bergman, who helps Doris on their trip to Texas, where they uncover an original Christian Dior jacket from the late '40s designed by the man himself; Shelly Lyn Erdmann, who has an excellent eye for '50s fashion; Jascmeen Bush, social media maven, who helps the girlfriend of an Oscar-nominated filmmaker choose a dress for the ceremony; and Kyle Blackmon, consultant, who finds the right note for singer/songwriter Alexandra Starlight for her upcoming performance at South By Southwest (SXSW). L.A. FROCK STARS returned for its six-episode second season on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT. In the season opener, "Vintage Ninja," Hollywood's hectic awards season has just ended, but the work has just begun for Doris. Vintage fashions are in big demand on the red carpet, and The Way We Wore's supply of evening gowns and cocktail dresses has been seriously depleted. Doris heads out to the Whitaker Auction, where she'll score garments by Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen while bidding against a group of invisible online contenders with very deep pockets. At the store, Sarah is about to fly out to join her at the auction, when stylist-to-the-stars Seth Chernoff comes into the store looking for outfits for actress Tori Spelling to wear during her promo tour for MYSTERY GIRLS. Others who stop by The Way We Wore during Season 2 are burlesque artist Dita von Teese, designer Jeremy Scott, actress Debi Mazar, actress Kirsten Vangsness, Hollywood stylist Jen Rade, AMERICAN HORROR STORY costume designer Lou Eyrich, and costume designer Mark Bridges.
Smithsonian Channel premiered the Season 2 finale of L.A. FROCK STARS on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT. In the season ender, "From Grit to Glamor," two of Hollywood's top costume designers drop by in search of 1970s frocks for upcoming projects, including a television series from Martin Scorsese. A visit from Moschino's head designer Jeremy Scott along with a group of Woodbury University design students only adds to the level of excitement. Even in the midst of all this action, Doris finds time to leave glamor behind for a priced-to-sell day at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by NHNZ
  • Produced by Smithsonian Channel
  • Produced by BBC Worldwide


  • The Way We Wore - Los Angeles, California USA - Map It!

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • March 7, 2013: Smithsonian Channel's first original unscripted series.