Posted August 17, 2012 by Samantha Alexander in Fashion

ArtLoveMagic Retro Pool Party



ike many people, I love it when I can combine having a good time with helping a good cause.  I was excited to recently serve as a volunteer model for the ArtLoveMagic’s Retro Pool Party that raised money for girlShow, a program created to showcase the work of local female artists. The event was held at the FOE (Fraternal Order of Eagles) pool and featured vintage dresses by local designer, Tracy Popken of Salvage House Boutique, as well as several art booths showcasing work by members of girlShow.

Models lounged by the pool in Tracy Popken’s lovely vintage designs while Tracy Popken design chill sounds emitted from the stereo. Tracy creates vintage-inspired original designs and also alters vintage clothing for clients to give them that perfect fit. The dresses at the show were wonderful. The feminine vintage cut could make any girl feel pretty and they were comfortable enough to wear all day. The show was a nice change of pace from your typical fashion show. Instead of stomping down the runway and giving the photographers and audience only a brief moment to see the fashion pieces, people were able to see the dresses up close, take time to observe how they were put together, and even feel the fabric they were made from.

Tracy truly loves what she does and is dedicated to making men and women feel chic and comfortable whether it be in one of her original pieces or a previously loved garment that just needs some touch ups  and alterations.

If you share my love for “what’s old is new”, definitely check out more of Tracy’s designs at Salvage House Boutique in the Bishop Arts Distric.  Also, mark your calendar for girlShow 2012:Rewind, happening Saturday, October 20th at one of my favorite art venues, Southside on Lamar.

Photos courtesy of Tracy Popken and Jarrod Fresquez

Samantha Alexander

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Samantha Alexander is employed by YouPlus Media, and is a contributing author for YouPlusStyle. She also works as a freelance model at various Dallas fashion events as well as with local photographers on fashion-inspired projects.