About

BOHICA Costume Designs is the work of Rachel Flaten, an avid costumer for the last 20+ years.

Rachel learned to sew from her mother, who was a seamstress for much of Rachel’s life. Her first projects were paper outfits for her sister, age 4.

She continued to love sewing and design, and eventually moved to San Francisco, when she was accepted into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, one of the United State’s top fashion college. She graduated with honors.

Rachel competed in the Young Designer’s Runway Show, where she was selected from hundreds of applicants. She won second place.

She then interned for several design companies in the Bay Area, including Curved and Darted, Bunnyware Designs, and Chairo custom neoprene.

Rachel worked for many years for the COCKETTES- a theater group based out of San Francisco. She did multiple shows for them as one of their costume designers over a 5 year period.

In 2010 Rachel moved (back) to Minnesota where she became the head designer for the Theater of the Ridiculous and the Absurd, a branch of the COCKETTES. The cockettes have been around for 50 years, and have recently been featured at the Minneapolis Arts Institute in their Hippy Modernism exhibit, and this exhibit has traveled around the world, to places like Los Angeles and New York.

Rachel continued to design, as well as branching out into runway shows and modeling design. While working for Bondesque, she coordinated several runway shows for local events, and did set design, costume design and even some photography for several photo shoots, including the 2016 Bondesque Calender.

In 2016 and 2017 Rachel did multiple burlesque costumes, including costume creation for The Emporium of Frolics and Romps by Gina Louise.

Rachel currently takes commissions for custom designs. She specializes in burlesque, fetishwear, latex, PVC, faux fur, leather, drag, and theater.  Please email to speak with Rachel about your design ideas.