CLC Artist: Dreamland Sideshow

Photo: Chad Kirkland

Ian Prowess and LaLa West of Dreamland Sideshow have discovered that following their dreams is the recipe for happiness. Inspired by revolutionaries such as Jazz-singer/civil rights activist Nina Simone and Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, Dreamland Sideshow generates a general sense of free-thinking, free-being and free-expression. “Be that self which one truly is,” a quote by Kierkegaard used by Prowess on the website as part of his personal bio sums it up rather nicely.

When asked who the ideal wearer of Dreamland Sideshow’s couture concoctions
might be, Prowess and West assure me that everyone should rock it—who doesn’t need a miniature top hat in their life? In fact, the top hat is one of the foundation pieces of their collection, a favorite among the festival-loving crowds who devour their custom-made goodies, and has even been worn by the likes of Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi. 

To create their fabulous fashions, they use recycled leather scraps from
upholstery companies, vintage clothing and fun trinkets from old grandfather clocks to build the pieces, cutting down on the green spent to create them, as well as keeping it green, environmentally speaking. Their line is made up of lace and ribbon decorated hats, hoods, vests and cuffs, all sorts of fabric fantasies, including some ready-to-wear clothing, as well as lots of sweet leather gear with studs, lace and anything else they can adorn these delightful pieces with.

In addition to clothing, Dreamland Sideshow also sells jewelry and glassware
as part of their regular offerings, created by friends of theirs within the burgeoning art scene in SLC. “It’s such an interesting environment, being so over dominated by the Mormons, it kind of creates a situation where artists clique together,” says Prowess.

Help feed these fabulous starving artists by treating yourself to some retail therapy. “We’ve re-vamped our vending approach, just bringing out the smaller items, under $100, lots of cute affordable stuff,” says Prowess. Check out some of their goodies online at, or, to truly adore them, come check out the real deal, in the flesh, one-of-a kind creations at Craft Lake City, as well as at the Twilight Concert Series on Thursday nights throughout the summer.

Photo: Chad Kirkland