Category

1950’s glamour

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

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

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

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 new Laura Dress from Vivien of Holloway 30/12/2015
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The New Laura Dress- Winter Wear from Daytime to Night

I’m sure by now you ladies are well aware that rather than design a range, I make what I would like to be wearing.                     Summer is no problem as we have Dresses for every occasion in warm weather. This transfers well into evening too, but for daytime winter wear there wasn’t so much choice.                     I used to just wear Pedal Pushers with boots and a turtleneck. Always dressed up with... Read More

Vivien of Holloway New Gypsy Tops 01/12/2015
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New Gypsy Tops

Our cute new Gypsy Tops have arrived. For Autumn I thought it would be a great time try out some Chiffon and Lace fabrics. I was very excited to find these wonderful faux lace effect fabrics as it made me think of Marilyn in Bus Stop. Just a shame we didn’t have time to make the skirt she was wearing too. The gorgeous colours in the faux Lace are just perfect for Christmas and NYE parties. The Chiffon would be great for any time; being slightly see-through it gives you... Read More

Wedding ideas from Vivien of Holloway 10/07/2015
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For that special day

I don’t know about you ladies but I think the 1950s typify the ultimate style for a bride. I was 19 when I ran off to Niagara Falls to get married – I’ve always been impetuous. I was living in Toronto at the time and the Mister sold his ’59 Cadillac and we hopped onto a Greyhound bus to Niagara. I didn’t even have time to make a new dress which is a bit of a shame since the world was at my fingertips. I married in a pale blue... Read More

Raglan Blouses by Vivien of Holloway 23/04/2015
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Summer Raglan Blouses!

With the summer comes lovely spring colours. Our Raglan Blouse is the latest arrival. We have the usual must have block colours but, as usual, have found some gorgeous prints to run along side them. These blouses are just perfect with our 40s trousers, circle or pencil skirts and great with shorts too. You can wear them tucked in or out. For  warmer days get cheeky and tie them for a real summer look!        

Fresh New Florals Limited Edition 09/04/2015
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Fresh New Florals!

I’m sure you ladies have seen all our lovely new florals this season. Since I know many of you just can’t get enough of these dresses we have decided that most of the prints will be limited edition. This means we will probably only do one run rather than carry the fabric for a whole season. Most of the new florals will be in the sateen fabrics which I know you ladies love as it has a very slight amount of elastane in it for a more comfortable fit. So... Read More

13/11/2014
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Prepare for party season with Vivien of Holloway!

As the days are getting colder and the nights longer, thoughts turn to the soon to arrive festive season and all the celebrations along with it. It’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Vivien of Holloway and what better excuse than to don that favourite frock to show off for festive cocktails or fancy dinner parties! A holiday season must have is most definitely our Grace Dress in stunning Duchess Satin. Folds of luxurious heavy satin create an incredibly flattering wrap style top while the full... Read More