Stop Staring!: An Interview with Alicia Estrada

With designs inspired by the femme fatale starlets from the 1930s – 1950s, Stop Staring! is leading the way in today’s vintage world of timeless fashion. From the “30’s Bombshell Dress” to the “Uma Dress,” they are absolutely nothing short of original and unique, structured to flatter the figure and cater to a woman’s independent spirit.
Head designer, Alicia Estrada, got her start by learning to sew at a very young age. Growing up in a full house of 3 brothers and 6 sisters, Alicia was able to turn her hobby into a brand that has been in-demand for over 17 years.

Nova Dress. Photo by Annette Crimmins at Retrocentric Studio.

Nova Dress. Photo by Annette Crimmins at Retrocentric Studio.

“The rockabilly scene was just getting started at that time and I noticed it was hard to find 50’s style vintage dresses in my size. I decided to make my own versions of retro dresses and soon after rockabilly girls were approaching me about my very own designs. So, in the beginning, I was literally selling them the dresses off my own back. I actually was the first retro inspired clothing line to ever sell at Viva Las Vegas, which happens to be the coolest rockabilly event in the world! We have been selling our dresses at Viva ever since!”

Paige Dress. Photo by Imagemaker.

Paige Dress. Photo by Imagemaker.

Stop Staring! is not only worn by rockabilly fashionistas, but also by a countless number of celebrity A-listers. Alicia shares with us that true legends of the silver screen have worn her dresses for some very memorable occasions:

“The Blonde Bombshell and screen siren of the 1950’s, Mamie Van Doren actually wore Stop Staring! for a photo shoot she did a few years back! Her body has not changed at all. Obviously when she did the shoot, I think she was in her 70s, but she still looked beautiful.
“I hosted a fashion show at the Ritz Carlton a while back and there was a special guest in the audience who came to see my retro-inspired designs. When they put the spotlight on her, she stood up, and it was Jane Russell from black and white film noir.”

Tara Dress. Photo by Imagemaker.

Tara Dress. Photo by Imagemaker.

Going forward, Alicia plans to keep Stop Staring! as classic, feminine and timeless as ever. This season, look for dresses to be influenced by vintage fashion of the 1940’s. If you absolutely cannot make up your mind about which dress to choose, you cannot go wrong with the “Love Dress.”

“The “Love Dress” by Stop Staring! is one of our current top sellers for Stop Staring! For this spring, we offered it in a beautiful retro red with white polka dots.  It has a beautiful bow in the back and is both sexy and sweet.  This dress wraps around your curves, and fits like a glove. It is a very popular style, worn by a countless number of celebrities.”

 

 

 

 

Stop Staring! was founded in 1998 by Alicia Estrada.
All garments are made in the USA or (Made in the USA of imported fabrics).
Shop Stop Staring! for free shipping in the US: www.stopstaringclothing.com

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