Dallas Pin Up Has All the Retro Glamour You Can Handle (Plus Cocktails this Thursday)

cell phone photo courtesy of Dallas Pin Up
Through the Looking Glass Studios' work.

I told you last Valentine’s Day you should get your photo taken by Through the Looking Glass Studios, posed as a pin-up girl. I did. I love my pictures so much I show everyone, including strangers. (What? I looked amazing. Can’t keep that to myself.) I was so smitten with the photographer Shoshana Portnoy, makeup artist Ladonna Stein, and the final product of me looking all cute, coy, and pin-up-y that I’m doing it again for Christmas. I got a taste of the pin-up culture and can’t get enough. That’s why Shoshana turned the photography studio into Dallas Pin Up, a girly shop for all things pin-up in Deep Ellum. Head to the shop with me this Thursday, November 17 to find boutique lines of retro aprons, cocktail dresses, fascinators and other hair accessories, hand made bracelets and necklaces, Bettie Page-inspired heels, tights, garters, lingerie sets, and more. In celebration (or dread in my case) of upcoming Black Friday, wear all black for raffle tickets to win free goodies from the store while you sip complimentary black cocktails. Thursday, Nov. 17 from 7 pm to 9 pm. I’ll be there.

To anyone who worries you’ll seem narcissistic setting up a photo session, think twice. This is not Maxim. It’s retro-style photography that loves curves, shapliness, and all the things that fashion magazines say we shouldn’t. I think women need the ego boost, don’t you?

Jump for photos.

photography courtesy of Dallas Pin Up

Bettie Page-inspired heels, Incorrigible Dames flower hair fascinator, and Lux De Ville handbag.

photography courtesy of Dallas Pin Up

Decoupaged Domino bracelets.

photography by Shoshana Portnoy

These sparkly pasties will work better than mistletoe. (Dallas Pin Up works with local burlesque performers.)

photography by Raya Ramsey

Vintage-inspired cosmetics in beautiful casing from Besame. Have a question? Just ask resident beauty expert and makeup artist Ladonna Stein. (Check out the lipsticks. They’re divine, cased in bullet-molded containers and shaped for lining and filling in.)