Tracy Reese: Fashion’s First Lady

After her Spring 2013 show, the designer talks inspiration, Michelle Obama's DNC dress and more.

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TR: Oh, God, I think that it has exposed us to so many people who may not have known who we were now. It made our website light up. We’ve made thousands of new friends. People are purchasing and they want to know who we are, which is really exciting, and I’m super grateful. But for me personally it’s just a personal high note because she made such an incredibly moving speech on such a wonderful night for all of us — all the women, all Americans, and people who grew up the way we grew up. It’s not just about us; it’s about all of us.

HC: You’ve been doing this for a long time. How do you get the inspiration for what’s next, when there are so many things behind you?

TR: It usually starts with fabric. There’s always something new that you want to express or find a way to express, so luckily there’s always something out there. As Bill Cunningham says, “If you see beauty, we’ll find it.” And it’s true.

Harriette Cole is the president of Harriette Cole Media and a contributing editor to The Root. Follow her on Twitter.