Shien Lee

24, founder and event producer for Dances of Vice; Harlem.

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  • Antique coat and jodhpurs from the now-defunct Odds Costume Rentals, Dior...

  • "The earrings were made by Glittery Blue, one of my favorite jewelry...

  • "I wear leather gloves with many of my outfits," says Lee. "I don't like the...

  • Jeweled brooch from a flea market

  • Jessica McClintock bra top from eBay, Vollers satin under-bust corset,...

  • "Vintage lifestylers pride themselves on wearing all vintage, but I love to mix...

  • Hat from eBay

  • Electra Designs custom-made corset, heels from buycostumes.com, Spanish...

  • "The corset is my signature piece and was custom-made for me by Electra...

  • "The corset is my signature piece and was custom-made for me by Electra...

  • Mantillas are sometimes made out of black lace and worn during traditional...

  • Lee shaves her own head

Antique coat and jodhpurs from the now-defunct Odds Costume Rentals, Dior...

Shien Lee, 24, founder and event producer for Dances of Vice (dancesofvice.com); Harlem

Her style: "I have so many different styles and looks, it would be impossible to come up with a summary!"

Her inspirations: "I'm influenced by historical costumes and the New Romantic/Blitz Kids look of the 1980s. I guess you could call it a 'new romantic dandizette' style."

Favorite local shops: "I rarely go out shopping; many of my clothing pieces are custom-made or acquired through eBay or Etsy. Vintage stores in NYC are too expensive, so I buy online or when I travel to other cities. I've found nice items at Beacon's Closet from time to time, and like to go to Obscura Antiques, but not particularly for its fashion selection."

Favorite local designer: "My friend Wren of Purevile (purevile.com) makes incredible jewelry and clothing, and he has amazing style."

The greatest dresser of all time: "Marie Antoinette, of course! I think fashion should delight, provoke and inspire, and her legacy lives on even today. She was known for her insatiable lust for shoes, sweets and fashion, which got her the nickname Madame Deficit during the French Revolution. Her fashionable excess was copied by ladies of all classes, and even by those who hated her. That's when you know you've made it."

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