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That fabulous dress worn by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention to me looked like a beautiful American flag morphed into a dress. The dress was designed by 48-year-old African-American designer, Tracy Reese. She said the dress was raw silk with a mix of hot pink, rust, and copper with a hemline of blue and silver. I loved the way it waved and flowed like a flag gently moving in the wind when she hit the stage and didn’t her hair look fantastic?

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The dress will retail for under $500 but as of this writing it is not available in stores. I know when it is available it will fly off of the racks.

So who is Tracy Reese? She is a Detroit native who headed for Manhattan in 1982 to attend Parsons School of Design where she received an accelerated degree in 1984. Upon graduation, Reese apprenticed under designer Martine Sitbon while working for the small contemporary firm, Arlequin. Reese worked at some of the industry’s top fashion houses, including Perry Ellis where she was the design director for Women’s Portfolio. In Spring 1998, Reese launched her eponymous collection to rave reviews. Perfect for the modern woman, Reese’s debut showcased ultra-feminine pieces layered with intelligent nostalgia, charm and luxury; a distinctive look that the designer has since become known for.

The designer’s second line, Plenty by Tracy Reese, was introduced later that same year. A bohemian, ethnic-inspired collection that is of-the-moment, yet never trendy, Plenty by Tracy Reese comprises pieces that unite myth and modernity with a rock-and-roll twist. Both Tracy Reese and Plenty by Tracy Reese have expanded into several brand categories. Tracy Reese’s footwear feature ladylike silhouettes in luxurious leathers with exquisite detailing; while the whimsical, feminine and eclectic, Plenty brand now includes a home collection and candles.

Reese added a third collection to her line up, Frock! comprised of fun and flirty occasion dresses that easily transition from day to evening. Tracy Reese has become a mainstay in the fashion industry as she continues to develop a strong design philosophy by staying true to her specific point of view. Reese has collaborated with several top brands including Sally Hansen, Hue and most recently, a line of footwear, Plenty by Tracy Reese for Keds, debuting in spring 2009.

Bright colors, unique prints and intricate patterns define Tracy Reese, Plenty and Frock! A consistent fashion favorite amongst industry insiders, celebrities and fashionistas alike, Reese crafts finely detailed looks that make a statement and are easy to wear, garnering the attention of the nation’s top media.

Tracy Reese, Plenty and Frock! are sold nationwide in top department stores and specialty boutiques as well as retailers throughout Europe and Asia. The collection is both eclectic and adventurous, featuring Reese’s signature detailing. You can find Tracy Reese at Hip’Tique in Pittsburgh or just shop on line for Tracy Reese, Plenty or Frock! You can even rent a Tracy Reese dress from Rent the Runway.com. See a dress that you love, you can find it and wear it and return it by placing the garment in a pre-paid package and they will take care of the cleaning. Now how do you like that?

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