Tracy Popken | TIMELESS STYLE

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Timeless Style

Tracy Popken is inspired by classic fashion and hand crafted clothing which transcend time and trend. Her approach as a fashion designer is focused on quality, both in construction, materials, and fit. Her experience working as a tailor for vintage clothing collectors, feeds her practice of shaping timeless silhouettes. 

"I strive to make the clothes you keep forever and reach for countless times because you know they always make you look and feel your best”

Tracy earned a degree in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas in 2008. She immediately started her own business sewing for vintage clothing collectors. She spent the next 6 years working full time doing alterations, restoration, and making replicas of gorgeous vintage pieces primarily from the 1910s-60s. This also included complete remakes of numerous family heirloom wedding dresses.

Taking delicate old clothes apart and putting them back together in a new way or copying them to make a more durable modern equivalent gave Tracy a strong background in pattern making and alterations for many types of garments. She fell in love with clothes that are still relevant many decades later, and are made well enough to be altered and worn by many people. This influenced her decision to focus for on making timeless custom clothing. Many of her current clients are women Tracy has helped to create a personal uniform. It’s a collaborative process of defining a silhouette that’s most flattering, creating a custom pattern, and making different variations for everyday life.

In 2009 Tracy bought a 1920s house in the Bishop Arts District, near downtown Dallas. As her friends and neighbors started cafes and restaurants they asked Tracy to make them custom aprons that were durable, beautiful, and unique. Ten years later, there are quite a few restaurants in the area that wear Tracy Popken Aprons! It’s an enormous privilege to be part of great local businesses.

In 2015, Tracy had a chance encounter with a set builder, learned about the world behind the screen, and realized that her wide variety of skills made for an excellent on set tailor. She brings a full kit of tools including a sewing machine directly to your set and works in collaboration with the costumer or stylist. She’ll quickly alter clothes to fit the talent and achieve the artistic vision of the shoot. As part of many wonderful crews, Tracy’s made custom clothes for a film, reinforced outfits for dancers in a commercial, and resized clothes for professional athletes and models promoting many different brands. After 3 years with Independent Artists Agency (under her married name Tracy Popken Springer), she now represents herself and is busier than ever, traveling to photo shoots across the country. you can book her directly through e-mail or a phone call.


Make a Positive Impact

When you buy clothing from Tracy Popken, you are supporting our local economy, numerous American jobs, and fair wages. All fabric is purchased from U.S. based companies, and made in American based fabric mills as much as possible.  Anything not sewn by Tracy's own hands is made by a Texas based, family run, garment manufacturer where a row of well kept and talented ladies construct the clothes. The fair wages paid for this service are included in the price of the clothes.


As Featured In

Observer30people2013

Dallas Observer

The outfits she designs herself bring to mind Mad Men, but they're more wearable than most of the things January Jones is cinched into on the show. "It helps you act like the person you want to be," she says, "when you look like the person you want to be." - Dallas Observer / 30 Most Interesting People Issue

Lark on the Park

2013 Blackboard Illustrator | Fall Fashion Line

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One to Watch

“Tracy Popken was named as one to watch throughout the fashion shows of Dallas this past year. Her line has grown from Bishop Arts across the entire city. She has elevated classic pieces with a modern twist. Be sure to connect with her for your next go-to dress.”


Word on the Street

When it comes to serious talent with a needle and thread, look no further than Tracy! I have a multitude of vintage frocks, and I would entrust them to no one else but her.
— Angelica, Dallas
Tracy is so good at what she does. Not only that, but she is so nice and approachable. She listens to what you want and makes it happen all with a smile.
— Christina, Dallas
Tracy’s work was immaculate. Her vision and collaboration skills are second to none. She did a tremendous job with my daughter’s wedding dress!
— Anne, Chicago
I recently took my 25 year old wedding dress that had been in the attic in a box to Tracy to be “reworked”. My husband and I had decided to renew our vows on a cruise and the old dress just wasn’t me. I gave Tracy a few ideas and direction but I basically just told her I would like it to be a little boho and a little hippie-ish. She got my vision to a tee! She did a fabulous job and even saved the entire top of the original dress so that I could frame it for the memories. My husband said I looked beautiful and I felt like a blushing bride again, without all of the stress. Going to her darling house in the Bishop Arts District made it so comfortable. I will surely be going back soon for more of Tracy’s visions. Love the experience. Thanks for everything Tracy.
— Trixie, Oak Cliff
Tracy is amazing! She will make you a totally customized piece of clothing. She has the most attention to detail and really takes everything into account (the fabric, the drape, your shape, and what you feel comfortable in). She is always rocking her outfits that she made from scratch or altered from actual vintage pieces: look at her and you’ll get an awesome idea of what she’s capable of. Call Tracy.
— Kate, Dallas