Vivien Of Holloway

13/10/2017
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High Rockabilly 2017

The girls and I decided to take a long weekend off and head to the beach for some Rockabilly fun. I had a last minute distress call from Deke Dickenson to say his luggage had been lost and could I bring him some shirts so I stopped off at the shop and picked up a few to see him through the weekend. We arrived in Barcelona and took the tour bus to see the sights and a lunch stop in the food market before taking the train out to Calafell.... Read More

24/05/2017
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Shop Lock In: New Spring 17 Collection

Oh my goodness so long since my last blog. So what have we been up to. We have had a fun packed year with shop parties and gorgeous limited edition fabrics so where do I start. Lets talk about the fun shop ‘Lock In’s’. This is a fun evening for any of you ladies to pop along to. Yes I say ladies as we aren’t doing one for the Boys yet.  The party take place in the shop, depending in the theme we have between 8 and 20 guests. You... Read More

08/12/2016
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Christmas is coming

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. I started making our Christmas dresses early this year so we had a great selection of Novelty Prints and Satin. Some of the Christmas Kitties still hadn’t arrived at the time of writing this so we can still look forward to seeing them. I worked really hard and it has certainly paid off. I know it is sad when you miss out on one of the special prints but if we don’t keep it short and sweet we wouldn’t be able... Read More

26/09/2016
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Pretty for day time

When I was a child my Mum was a big influence on me style wise. I used to love all the photos from when she was young. What a glamorous time. One of the looks that stuck with me was her in a simple tea dress with her hair swept up. This was a heavy influence on me when choosing styles to make. It is classy and timeless. Our Tea Dress has a loose fit button front bodice with padded shoulders and piping accentuating light gathers. She has an a-line... Read More

Hawaiian Prints from Vivien of Holloway 09/08/2016
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Hawaiian Prints

It has been an exciting beginning to the Summer here at Vivien of Holloway. The weather may have been unpredictable but we haven’t bringing you a non stop selection of gorgeous dresses, and novelty prints. There has been lots of new fabrics so far this year and it doesn’t stop here. We have taken delivery of lots of wonderful Tropical prints from Hawaiian which will soon be Halteneck Circle dresses and Sarong. So if the weather doesn’t get temperatures rising you will in these fabulous prints. I have long been... Read More

PeggyLee day dress 09/08/2016
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The Peggy Lee are back

It has been a few years since we last made the Peggy Lee dress but every now and again someone posts a picture of themselves in theirs and the requests come flying in. So here she is back by demand….see we do listen! We have been making Peggy Lee for over 20 years now, this time I decided on lots of cute novelty prints. The long requested Ladybird print, and the cute Teacup that was so popular in the Kitty dress. I had managed to loose the patterns somewhere along... Read More

1940s Nazare Dress from Viven of Holloway 27/07/2016
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Nazare Dress

Our beautiful Nazare has arrived. Made from a crisp cotton linen she is such a classic 40’s beauty. Where do I start. the neckline is modest so she can be worn at work or out in the evening. With an elasticated gather across the shoulder and bust it softens the lines between these gorgeous puff sleeves and the fitted yoke on the front. The tie at the back allows you to pull the yoke tight for an even more flattering look. You will feel every bit the movie starlet when... Read More

Vivien of Holloway 1940s Blouse 27/07/2016
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Jojo’s Blouse

Summer has been a bit slow coming this year so we have been bringing a little fun to the office by making novelty prints. We have had Teacup Kittys and Scooter Tea Dresses and you loved them all, they flew off the rails. Next we made you Lobster Raglan blouses and now we have more Scooter prints in our Jojo Blouse. The Jojo Blouse came about when my friend was running the legendary Madame Jojo’s bar in Soho. They were having a lot of 1940’s style events and wanted something... Read More

18/04/2016
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All the fun of the fair at Dreamland, Margate

When I was a kid one of the most exciting things to happen was the fair coming to town. The rides would always have Rock ‘n’ Roll playing, and Teddy Boys with slicked back hair and creepers would tend them.     Today, you might be lucky and a vintage fairground may come to your town, or you can bring on your own luck and visit Margate’s wonderful Dreamland. With the site being used for entertainment since 1874, it seemed the perfect place for a 1950s Fun Park.    ... Read More

The Shooting Stars 07/03/2016
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Rockabilly Weekender in Spain

  Trying to avoid the cold weather after being in Australia, it wasn’t hard to tempt me over to Spain for a Rockabilly Weekender. Especially since so many of my friends were playing. So after I organised for the new Kitty Dresses to be made I headed for City Airport. We got a really good deal on our trip and ended up with a lovely hotel. Having lunch with my old chums The Polecats they were very excited when I told them about the new Men’s Trousers we have in... Read More