Along with the job titles of self-made business woman and fashion tycoon, Tracy Reese can also add Democratic National Convention designer to her ever-growing resume.
Audiences were buzzing about First Lady Michelle Obama’s custom-made silk jacquard combo frock in abstract baroque wallpaper print, and Reese took to Twitter to express her thoughts on the occasion:
“Thanks everyone for sharing this amazing moment! We are all so grateful and honored to have dressed Mrs. Obama for such a momentous speech!!”
Reese has been in the business for over a decade now, but success did not come easily to this Detroit native. She worked her way up after graduating from Parsons School of Design and landed a job as an apprentice to the French designer Martine Sitbon. Just two years later she decided to venture out and create her own fashion line, but after a mere three years, she was forced to close her business when she could not maintain enough revenue to meet her production costs.
After gaining more experience through the help of friends like Marc Jacobs, Reese launched the Tracy Reese fashion line in 1998 to outstanding reviews. Since then she has created two more lines called frock! and plenty, which are sold throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. All three lines are priced between $100-$500 and the modern, yet feminine apparel appeals to all types of woman.
Besides the first lady, Reese has won over celebrities including Carrie Underwood, Dianna Agron, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Rosario Dawson, Paris Hilton and Eva Longoria.