Designer and Tailor Tracy Popken is Trying to Get Dallas to Hang on to its Vintage Clothes One Stitch at a Time
"I don't want my clothes to be noticed," Tracy Popken says, standing in the cluttered but orderly studio inside her Bishop Arts District home. It's a surprising credo for a designer and tailor, but Popken sells the idea hard, convincing you that she just wants her work to show off the personality and values of whoever's wearing them. And there's supporting evidence all around her: that conservative gray pencil dress in her sitting room, its collar edged like a buzz saw; racks of vibrant dresses from the 1920s and 1960s; ceiling-high shelves of color-coordinated fabrics.
"A lot of these 60-year-old dresses are still relevant," says Popken, 28, who along with having her own line restores clothes constructed in the 1970s or earlier. They may just need the neckline lowered, the hem raised. That's where Popken comes in.More »