Details about Droopy & Browns designer vintage, Victorian goth black velvet evening dress Sz10Droopy & Browns designer vintage, Victorian goth black velvet evening dress Sz10 See original listing
“Very good vintage condition”
04 Mar, 2014 16:42:21 GMT
ROEHAMPTON, London, United Kingdom
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Droopy & Browns Angela Holmes
100% cotton velvet
There are some vintage labels which so perfectly epitomise great design, supreme quality and sought after style that we are always delighted and excited when they become available for sale, this truly gorgeous collectable vintage dress by the late Angela Holmes for Droopy & Browns, is an exceptional piece of exquisite design and detail as you would expect from this unique British designer.
It is made of sumptuous rich matt velvet (100% cotton)
Victorian/Edwardian style or classic evening gothic: romantic winter wedding perhaps?! - ideal party dress or festive gown
Fitted bodice with v-neckline and with a generous full skirt and back zip with silver hook and eye fastener.
Original label in beautiful black and gold states: Droopy & Browns by Angela Holmes
Vintage: 1980's (very good condition)
PLEASE NOTE: Size UK 10 but more like a size 8 (check below measurements very carefully, thank you)
Approx measurements in inches: Bust: 34" Waist: 26" Length: 51"
Worn only a couple of times and selling as it no longer fits.
Vintage items are not new or necessarily perfect but as with all vintage items the period/age must be taken into account before bidding
TERMS OF PAYMENT: 1. Payment required within 7 days of purchase and despatched within 48 hours of receiving payment. 2. Postal charges are for mainland UK only, overseas bidders please contact me for further details. 3. Shipping & handling costs include postage and cost of packaging materials. 4. I always get a certificate as proof of postage.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL PLEASE ACCEPT THESE TERMS BEFORE BIDDING - Sorry, I do not accept returns
History of the late Angela Holmes (Droopy and Browns):
Angela was uncompromisingly talented. She built up Droopy and Browns, a unique family business, designing, manufacturing and retailing beautifully-made clothes. Yet she avoided the mainstream fashion industry because, like the boy in the fairy tale who knew the emperor was naked, what she saw through the hype was not a pretty sight. She was also a powerful performer and singer, described by the Financial Times in 1984 as "an unparalleled interpreter of songs by Brecht and Weill".
Out shopping, or walking her Gordon setters on York's Knavesmire, Angela aroused curiosity because, with blonde hair tumbling down her back and trailing clouds of perfume, she appeared too glamorous for mundane activities. She was depressed by drab reality and tried to exclude it from her world, filling her house with flowers and dressing as if each day was a special event.
Born in Darlington, County Durham, she was one of four children brought up on a Yorkshire farm. As a child, she put on performances about swooning princesses to entertain her mother and older sister. At 13, she spent hours drawing elegant ladies in beautiful dresses.
She, her husband and brother started a market stall in York selling her designs. In 1973, they acquired a shop in Stonegate, a building full of ghosts for Angela, who, as a little girl, had watched her mother buying couturier gowns in that very shop. Inspired by those memories, she started designing even more extravagant clothes. By 1997, Droopy and Browns had eight shops, from Edinburgh to Bath, the flagship being in St Martin's Lane, London.
Nostalgic for the days when clothes were beautifully made, and lasted, Angela disliked the disposability of contemporary fashion, and its use of cheap foreign labour to produce poor quality items. She took an arts and crafts approach, overseeing every stage from design to retail, and employing craftsmen and women to make each garment individually. She worked in natural fabrics, designed and drew many of the prints herself, and had them dyed to her own specifications.
Droopy and Browns' clothes are flamboyant and feminine, contemporary but with a historical influence, reflecting Angela's love of fantasy.
Angela could have taken a different path. During a brief stint in London in the 1970s, she was lead vocalist with what had been Robert Palmer's first band, the Mandrakes. In the 1980s, she toured her own shows, Songs Of Whores And Wars, and Cheap And Potent, and, bringing a fierce intelligence and dramatic presence to the works of Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Kurt Weill, sold out at Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms and the Cheltenham literature festival. She directed and took the lead in a 1983 production of Bertolt Brecht's Happy End, which was invited to transfer from Edinburgh to the West End.
A member of the Prayer Book Society, which aims to encourage use of the Book of Common Prayer, and the John Clare Society, Angela loved traditional craftsmanship and Englishness, and joked that she should be "a blacksmith in a leather apron". Deeply religious and well read, she believed in equality and individuality, and railed against the culture of collective thought, political correctness and focus groups.