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Dresscue Me: Vintage Rework Show Hits The Small Screen

Published on June 25, 2011 by   ·   5 Comments Pin It

Not sure how we missed this show til now, but we just sat down and watched all the episodes on-demand in a marathon like manner.  Dresscue Me, a new series on Planet Green, follows Shareen Mitchell “beloved by fashionistas and recessionistas alike” for her unique, affordable approach to vintage clothing. A former actress, this designer is a throwback – part Joan Crawford super bitch, part prim Betty Crocker housewife (she holds her hand to her chest when someone says something thoroughly modern,) and all drama, all the time.   This show is sort of an LA Ink for the eco-fashionista.  Girl gets divorced and is depressed, girl comes into Shareen Vintage, Shareen tells her she is beautiful 100 times and then reworks a cool (sometimes hideous) vintage piece into something often incredible.

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A self-taught designer with retail outlets on both coasts, Mitchell reworks old duds and turns them into fashion-forward frocks. To create these one-of-a- kind pieces, Mitchell welcomes her exclusively female clients (her sign reads “No Boys Allowed”)  into her boutiques in both downtown Los Angeles and New York’s Chelsea district.

“Every girl is beautiful-and it’s so rewarding to work with those who don’t know it yet,” said Mitchell. “To watch someone jump up and down after seeing herself look in a way she never imagined she could-you just see their self-esteem skyrocket. I’m not really interested in selling dresses – I’m interested in changing a person’s life.”

Most of the dresses at Shareen Vintage are under $100

For anyone fascinated by the vintage clothing world, or interested in making money off their vintage finds, Dresscue Me is a green fashionista’s fantasy come true.  At the very least, you’ll love the campiness that World of Wonder (the producers behind RuPaul’s Drag Race and Tori & Dean) serve up.  It’s a subtle stew of camp this time, but those looking for it will find it a-plenty (gotta love the Los Angeles “spiritual” girls botoxed and restylaned within an inch of their om-chanting mouths.)  The only potential deal breaker for us; on a visit to Shareen’s website we noticed lots of vintage fur in her images.  We are hoping it’s fake, and are glad it’s not featured on the series.

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Readers Comments (5)

  1. veganbetty says:

    Yes, she does sell a lot of fur that are real. A couple years ago, before she had her show, I emailed w/ her that I’d like to support her store, but wouldn’t because of all of the fur products. Here is her response:

    Subject: Re: dead animals

    Dear ,

    I know. I understand your feelings and share them.
    I have animals in my life and they are beyond precious to me. I can’t bear the thought of cruelty of any kind.
    I have debated the issue of selling vintage fur and I have struggled with it.
    When I am out buying, I often see piles of fur jackets, coats, etc. I think to myself…….. 100s of animals were killed to create that outerwear. Do I watch as their lives are basically tossed out, thrown out and destroyed, or do I honor their lives by offering them to those who would otherwise buy new fur?

    I always sell fur very cheaply. I do not look to make a profit on it. I do however feel that to recycle fur is more honoring and a way of keeping fashion girls, who want fur, from feeding the fur industry.

    Additionally, this fall I created an event in NY and sold off so much vintage fur as to be able to make a 500 dollar donation to a local shelter for dogs. ( I knew Peta would not take my money.)

    So. There you have it.
    I am doing my best.


  2. Interesting Betty!! Thank you for sharing. That said, how would you feel about shopping in her store? I personally wouldn’t, but I would watch her show for amusement, hey, I watch much worse! ;)

  3. The Virtual Vegan says:

    I would NOT shop in her store OR watch the show. Selling fur cheaply or giving it away for wearing, sends the message to others that it is acceptable and that you approve of this cruelty. It desensitizes people to this atrocity.

    So NO she does not understand how we feel about animals’ suffering.

  4. She is obviously a fur hag, she wears fur. But I don’t think watching the show is any worse than watching any other show on tv. They all feature fur or leather or meat in some way.

  5. shannonmarie says:

    I’ve watched the show for the non-fur clothing. I love the idea of taking something old and giving it new life. I like to do the same thing with the clothes in my closet sometimes. Thank goodness I know how to sew.

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