We’re not your average group of consultants. Get to know our team before you drop by!
Tracy Strain Howard
When you come to Camille’s, there’s no doubt you’ll receive a warm greeting and big smile from Tracy! She is our lead bridal consultant, and pageant expert. In 2015, Tracy served as the Pageant Director for the Miss New Hanover County Pageant. She also has two daughters who actively participate in the pageant scene. Whether you’re on the hunt for a wedding gown or a pageant dress, you’ll be in good hands with Tracy!
Lorraine Swyers Seibold
Lorraine is our Alterations Specialist! She’s been sewing all of her life. In fact, she earned her first sewing accolade at the age of 11, when she won a ribbon at the New York State Fair for her handmade burgundy jumper! Aside from being an apparent sewing prodigy, Lorraine spent 20 years in retail management and has extensive experience in bridal consulting, too.
Want something trendy to wear to an event or for your wedding day? Caitlyn is here to assist! As a fashion enthusiast, Caitlyn prides herself on having an eye on what’s trendy in bridal and formal wear fashions and is always helpful and honest. She’ll happily help you find a fabulous dress for your big day!
You may recognize this fabulous young lady. Kenzie is Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen and is one of our newest sales associates! Kenzie started her pageant journey in 2010 and has held six titles since then, including Miss Spivey’s Corner Outstanding Teen, Jr. Miss Wilmington, Miss Wilmington’s Carolina Princess and Miss Wilmington’s Outstanding Teen. She’s also a seasoned dancer! If you’re looking for pageant wear, Kenzie is a great resource to consider. Plus she’s an all around great sales associate who would be glad to be of assistance in your formal wear search!
A Brief History of Camille’s of Wilmington
In 2002, Joanne Miranda and Angela Woodcock met while working at the popular Camille La Vie formal wear chain in 2002. Angela was the bridal manager and Joanne, a bridal consultant. Both had more than 40 years of combined experience in sales, bridal consulting and sewing.
After working together for several years, the duo realized that nothing made them happier than beautiful dresses and happy brides. Individually, each woman had her own personal endeavors. Joanne designed custom headpieces for brides; Angela worked as a talented seamstress. It soon dawned on them that they should start their own business centered around their love for dresses and excellent customer service. They had high hopes of becoming the next bridal and formal wear shop in town.
In 2011, Joanne and Angela took their first step and opened Camille’s Closet. The name of their shop was appropriately inspired by their fateful meeting at Camille La Vie. The tiny boutique offered discontinued designer dresses and consignment wares at affordable prices, becoming an instant hit in the community.
Within two years, Camille’s Closet moved to Market Street and became Camille’s of Wilmington. Excellent customer service and beautiful gowns were still the focus, but now the shop offers new dresses, accessories and even tuxedo rentals. The new store currently features four bridal designers, six bridesmaids lines, and an array of formal wear collections from more than six vendors, while never losing sight of the attention to customer service which has helped Camille’s continued success.
The owners’ dream of becoming a one-stop shop for anything formal came true. With the dedicated help of their expert staff, Joanne and Angela hope to make your dreams come true too with the perfect garment for any for any formal occasion.