Vivien Of Holloway

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

Vivien of Holloway on her Travels Down Under 24/02/2016
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Travels Down Under

  Well, as you ladies may have noticed, I’ve been off on my travels. Come January when things are a little quiet I pop over to Australia. For those of you that may not know, my sister Christine has a shop in Melbourne selling our range. So I spent my time helping get the shop in line with the London store. She has a fine shop there for any of you reading this from down under or intending to visit. A couple of ladies from London popped in while I... Read More

18/02/2016
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First Class New Kitty Dresses

I just announced on Facebook that we had some new Kitty Dresses coming and it created quite a stir. I know you ladies love this dress as much as I do. Originally designed as a Day Dress, I found it works just as well for evening.   I have chosen some deeper colours with an effective Anemone Print in Red and Teal this time. Also a fabulous Stamp Print in Black and Caramel and a gorgeous Pink Carousel design. You requested more novelty prints- so here you have them. They... Read More

Vivien-of-Holloway-Valentines-Sweetheart 02/02/2016
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Will you be a Sweetheart or a Heartbreaker?

Valentine’s Day is always a great excuse to dress up. There are always plenty of parties to go to- all you have to decide is if you see yourself as a Sweetheart or a Heartbreaker…or maybe a bit of both. Whatever you decide you can be sure to find a great outfit on our website. Nothing says Sweetheart better than our Sweetheart Dresses or you can sizzle while breaking hearts in something a bit more risqué like a Red Halterneck Pencil Dress or even a Duchess Grace Circle Dress. Whatever... 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 wearing her Grace Dress 21/12/2015
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Vivien’s Party Essentials

Ok, so everyone keeps asking me what I wear to a party.   I always used to be about the Vintage when it came to special occasions, but now I can easily say it’s the Grace Dress. I just love wearing the Grace Dress either with heels or little ankle boots. A cute Beret always finishes the outfit off nicely.                                           For Accessories, I usually go with Pearls as they’re... Read More