Gina Elise makes World War II style pin-up calendars to support hospitalized American veterans and deployed troops.
Now she has teamed up with fashion house Voodoo Vixen where part of the money from the dresses will go to help the vets too.
Gina brought three models—all veterans—to show us the fashions.
Watch the video to hear their stories about serving in the military, and to get a close look at the dresses.
The non-profit charitable organization Pin-Ups for Vets and the vintage-inspired fashion brand Voodoo Vixen have joined forces to create a capsule dress collection that will help raise funding to support America’s military heroes. The capsule collection includes three cocktail dresses and will be part of Voodoo Vixen’s Fall Winter 2015 line.
Pin-Ups for Vets was founded 10 years ago by Gina Elise, who created the idea of producing and selling WWII-style pinup calendars to support hospitalized American veterans and deployed troops. Elise also puts on various fundraising events throughout the year, all with the purpose of serving the Veteran and Military community.
Over the last few years, Voodoo Vixen has donated many of their designs for Elise and her Pin-Ups For Vets Ambassadors, many of whom are Veterans, to wear to in public. These beautiful fashions always garnered lots of attention. According to Voodoo Vixen designer and Los Angeles regional manager, Jennifer Bednar, a dress collaboration with Elise was the next logical step: “Many of us at Voodoo Vixen have loved ones in the military, so the work that Gina does really hits close to home for us,” says Bednar. “The process of designing with Gina has been a joy, and we look forward to sharing the designs with the public.”
To date, Pin-Ups for Vets has donated more than $50,000 worth of state-of-the-art rehab equipment for VA & Military hospitals nationwide, and Elise is equally thrilled to be collaborating with Voodoo Vixen: “We are grateful to Voodoo Vixen for donating 10% of the sales of the dresses back to our nonprofit organization to help us continue with our mission of supporting Veterans and Troops. It's really nice to see when brands want to support a cause and do something to make this world a better place.”
The Pin-Ups for Vets Voodoo Vixen Dress Collection includes the “Madelyn,” a capped-sleeve pencil dress in royal blue Bengaline; the “Carissa,” a sparkly flare dress in emerald green sequined lace, and the “Fleur,” a sparkly pencil style dress in the same emerald green sequined lace. (Available in S-XL, the collection ranges from $69-$89 and will be available for purchase at www.VoodooVixen.com beginning November 1st).
Facts About Pin-Ups for Vets:
The 2016 edition of the Pin-Ups For Vets calendar marks their 10th Anniversary Edition and features 17 Veterans (12 female, 5 male). Pin-Ups for Vets is currently in the middle of a 50-state VA and Military hospital tour, where they bring in donated calendars as gifts of appreciation to hospitalized Veterans and Wounded Warriors. To date, they have individually visited over 7,000 ill and injured Veterans at their bedside in 54 VA Hospitals, Military hospitals & State Veterans Homes in 29 states across the US.
Pin-Ups for Vets has visited wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. They have also done morale-boosting visits to service members at 23 military bases. The Pin-Ups for Vets organization has received Congressional Recognition and numerous community service awards. American troops have flown nine flags over military bases and on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan in honor of the work they do to support the Nation's Heroes. You can learn more about the organization at Pinupsforvets.com.
About Voodoo Vixen:
Voodoo Vixen is a vintage-inspired label, which infuses retro, pin-up and rockabilly styles with classic silhouettes to flatter the modern woman. Designed to compliment one’s curves and make their customers stand out from the crowd, their unique designs are influenced by the glamorous styles of the past, while following current trends and fashion movements. Based in the heart of buzzing East London, Voodoo Vixen is designed between their in-house designers in both Los Angeles and London. Their custom prints are designed in-house and their garments are always made from quality fabrics. Voodoo Vixen designs are available at VoodooVixen.com and boutiques throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.
Gina has two big events coming up:
First on January 10th from 10am – 2p.m.:
The Voodoo Vixen sample sale—Shopping For a Cause—70% off their retail prices and they are donating 50% from this event back to Pin Up for Vets.
Also, on January 23rd at 8pm:
Salute & Shimmy—This is the third annual calendar release party fundraiser—it’s at the American Legion in Hollywood.
You can find information on both of these events at Gina’s website - Pinups For Vets.
And at her social media:
Follow Pinups For Vets: @pinupsforvets