Dead Queens was created out of a constant search for a great graphic/print t-shirt. We hire talented Artists to create a Queen within our guidelines. What are our guidelines? Something fun, ironic, with fantastic art! We are always on the lookout for interesting art and artists that want to partner with us. Dead Queens contracts an Artist to create a Queen piece. Then we take it in house and play with it graphically until we are ready to print. We also add the Queens birth, death date....or date of beheading. Then of course we add a great quote, rumoured or true. Yes, all this on one stylish historically fantastic garment.
We are a Canadian company, based out of Toronto, ON.
About Tammy Rae Beltrami - Owner/Curator
Tammy Rae Beltrami studied Fashion Merchandising & Design at Brooks College in Long Beach, California. Then opened a beachwear wear store in Kitsilano, Vancouver in the mid 80's. Her beach boutique sat across from a popular menswear store. This is where Tammy's love of street fashion shows and collaborations began.
Then it was off to London, England and Italy for some years as her work in film began. Tammy returned to Canada and opened a boutique in Regina, Saskatchewan, her home province. It was the store that she wanted to shop at. Aria Boutique, in Saskatchewan, was an exciting endeavour as there was not much for fashion in Regina at that time. Women screamed as the paper was removed from the Aria Boutique windows on opening day. Aria Boutique became a fashion and style hang out for women and men. Great friends were made. Fashion shows, outside, inside, collaborations, personal styling, much press. Tammy also opened another Aria Boutique in Toronto on College Street. Many tears were had when the doors finally closed.
During the Aria Boutique years is when the idea for Dead Queens was initiated. A search for a unique, not mass produced cool t-shirt became one of Tammy's goals. Tammy dressed all kinds of women for all kinds of events and daily like whether work or casual and the one thing she found that was always missing was the interesting T-shirt that could be dressed up or down. Something smart. Always an art lover, gallery goer and a silent auction addict, Tammy started looking for artists to collaborate on her Dead Queens idea.
Tammy has sat on various boards and committees, such as the Regina Downtown BIA for 2 years, New Dance Horizons Board Member for 3 years and was invited to be on the CAFA Nominating Committee in 2015.
Tammy continues to curate and collaborate with artists, attending art shows, and works in film and television.
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39 Niagara Street, Toronto, ON, M5V 0T6
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