PILSEN — Photographer Rachel Smith loves vintage so much, she even shoots the tags on the back of the clothes.
"I could find Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior for $4, $5. I couldn’t believe it. I thought, 'If I had a million dollar budget, how would I shoot this?' I would shoot these tags, treat 'em like they’re worth a million dollars when really they're only worth a couple. I was able to deal with some of the high fashion stuff, but on my budget," the 33-year-old Chicago photographer said.
Smith said she has been able to marry her love for vintage and photography via her documentary-style approach to shooting antique clothing and objects — in a way, preserving the history of modern Chicago vintage.
Smith will be on hand Friday at Pilsen's Comet Vintage, 1320 W. 18th St., where she will be taking portraits of those who dress up in the store's clothes for the neighborhood's 2nd Fridays art walk from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Those who dress up will be emailed a complimentary high-resolution digital copy of the photo.
Samples of Revolution beer will be served at the shop, which will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday.
Comet, which will have store wide sales of 10 to 50 percent off Friday evening, has also started carrying beauty products, including Soapily Ever After, TruBlooms fragrances and moisturizing massage candles by local vendor Erin King.