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“TRUE VINTAGE ~ The most fabulous Droopy & Browns dress/ballgown with a huge, stunning, sweeping ”... Read more
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|Seller notes:||“TRUE VINTAGE ~ The most fabulous Droopy & Browns dress/ballgown with a huge, stunning, sweeping skirt in a sumptuous maroon velvet ~ EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION ~ a gorgeous gown by this much sought-after designer!”|
|Decade:||Pre 1920/Victorian/Edwardian/40s/50s||UK Size::||UK 6-10 - estimated - please see measurements|
|Look:||Pre-Raphaelite/Gothic Beauty/Masquerade/Baroque||Exact Material:||100% Cotton|
|Size:||S (8-10)||European Size:||EURO 34-38 - estimated - please see measurements|
|Main Colour:||Purple||US Size:||US 2/4 - 6/8 estimated - please see measurements|
|Vintage Type:||True Vintage||Size in label::||10 - please see measurements|
|Material:||Velvet||Exact colour::||Rich Oplulent Maroon/Plum|
|Brand:||Vintage Droopy & Browns|
~ STEAL THE SCENE ~
in Fabulously Striking Sumptuous Velvet
~ Victorian ~ Baroque ~ Bride ~ Gothic Beauty ~ Pre-Raphaelite ~ Fantasy ~ Equestrian ~ Medieval ~ 40s ~ 50s ~ Sumptuous ~ Swirling ~ Absolutely Stunning ~
An exceptional and beautiful, very sought-after
vintage velvet gown
by Renowned Designer Angela Holmes
For Droopy and Browns
'Quintessential English Elegance...'
~ Vintage ~ Victorian ~ Edwardian ~ Mistress ~ Wedding ~ Georgian ~ Period Drama ~ Riding ~ Equestrian ~ Baroque ~ 19c Russian ~ Governess ~ 1940s ~ War Bride ~ 50s Starlet ~ Rockabilly ~ Jive ~ Swing ~ Noir Vamp ~ Gothic Beauty ~ Courtesan ~ Tudor ~ Medieval ~ Zhivago ~ Guinevere ~ Tudor ~ Pre-Raphaelite ~ Scarlet Woman ~ Masquerade Ball ~ Bride ~ Bridesmaid ~ Fabulous ~ Rare ~ Unique...
BEAUTIFUL ~ OPULENT ~ EVOCATIVE ~ SUMPTUOUS ~
JUST SO FABULOUS!
A rich, opulent extremely beautiful dress in classic deep maroon velvet that’s not just incredibly beautiful but also very versatile - think ballgown, riding dress, wedding or bridesmaid’s dress and add a touch of class and style to any special event with this sumptuous, timeless beauty that can be whatever you want it to be. Designed by the renowned and adored designer Anglea Holmes and her now extremely sought after vintage label 'Droopy and Browns'.
In fabulous vintage condition, this gorgeous gown features
an elegant, round neckline framed by ¾ length sleeves which are slightly padded
and ruched at the top and finished with deep cuffs. The subtly panelled and delightful fitted corset style bodice is simply but attractively
shaped into a ‘v’ that extends to the front of the skirt, flattering the body
and accentuating the waist so beautifully.
And what a wow of a skirt..! Absolutely huge and sweeping, it drapes effortlessly from the waist into the most fabulous, soft pleats and full folds of fabric which swish gorgeously as you move, walk, dance... Who could resist such swathes of glorious vintage velvet and such a dramatic sweep of a skirt that’s beyond fabulous!
The back of the dress mirrors the stylish lines of the front, with a straight seam across the waist and a deep zip running down the centre back ~ and more of those fabulous, flowing folds of velvet which create the skirt with its huge and abundant sweeping hemline.
Beautifully tailored in soft, thick velvet that’s so luxurious and divine, temptingly tactile and alive with light and shade ~ this is an exquisite piece from an iconic brand and an adored designer whose styles are much sought-after and revered. The lines are classic yet inspired and the shape is reminiscent of many styles, influences and periods ~ from Edwardian to Gothic, Victorian to Medieval, Castle to Costume Drama, not forgetting the 1940s war bride or the 50s Hollywood starlet... Just imagine making an enigmatic entrance at that masquerade ball, perfecting the sensual Pre-Raphaelite look or evoking your inner literary Heroine as you stride across the moors, rebellious and windswept in this billowing beauty ~ free your imagination!
Excellent vintage condition ~ 100% cotton. smooth high quality velvet in a beautiful deep rich opulent maroon/plum colour.
Original label in beautiful black and gold states: 'Droopy & Browns by Angela Holmes'.
Size: The size in the label is 10 ~ we estimate that dress might fit a variety of sizes ~ please see measurements below.
UK estimate 6-10 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.
EURO estimate 34-38 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.
US estimate 2/4 - 6/8 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.
All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate.
All measurements are taken with the garment pulled a bit to flatten ~ and please be aware that there is inevitably a slight discrepancy in the ways different people measure ~ so all measurements are approximate and please give or take about a ¼ inch or so either way.
Please measure against a similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.
Bust ~ armpit to armpit across front ~ approx: 17 inches.
Waist ~ approx: 13 inches.
Hips ~ FREESIZE
Length ~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets neckline, and down back of garment to hem ~ approx: 50 inches ~ remember that with a person wearing the dress, the length will be taken up a bit.
Sleeve Length - taken from shoulder seam and along TOP of sleeve to cuff - approx: 17 inches. Please note that the sleeves on this dress are ¾ length, and have a deep cuff of approx: 3½ inches.
Droopy & Browns ~ Quintessential English Elegance
Droopy & Browns is a byword for quintessential English elegance in vintage fashion. Ball gowns, wedding dresses, long skirts, wide-legged trousers, fitted jackets with a theatrical flourish are all what the company is best known, and adored, for... but it wasn't always so...
The label, which at the height of its success had eight stores across the country, had the humblest of beginnings on York's Newgate Market before opening seven stores across the UK. It was the brainchild of Angela Holmes, her brother Jonathan and Angela’s partner Keith Wilkinson.
As a little girl, Angela had watched her mother buying couturier gowns in that very Newgate Market shop. Years later, and inspired by those memories, she started designing even more extravagant clothes.
Apart from financial hurdles, the trio struggled on the brand’s name. It was Angela’s longing for bygones past which eventually inspired not only the creative direction for the brand, but also the name, as Jonathan More reflects:“When it came to picking the name, I went through a list of the usual type of boutique names and Angela just curled her lip. She said: ‘I want it to be Edwardian: all droopy and brown.”
As such, the designs owe much more to styles from the Edwardian era at the turn of the last century and Hollywood starlets, than the fickle world of fashion today. Their clothing is flamboyant and nostalgic, yet contemporary, and with a historical influence, reflecting Angela's love of fantasy. Instead of following the ever-changing rules of the catwalk, which insist on a new look every six months or so, Droopy & Browns built its reputation on creating classic clothes which are refreshed regularly. A best-selling skirt one spring may reappear in the autumn in a different fabric and colour. The cut will be the same because it is the design which the customer loves; and this emphasis on giving the customer what she wants created a loyal following.
Ahead of her time in the ethical fashion stakes, Angela deliberately avoided the predictable mainstream, rejecting the exploitative and unsustainable nature of ‘fast fashion’ which was already beginning to rear its ugly mass produced head. Instead, she stayed true to her principles and lovingly produced exquisite, individually crafted pieces to her own exacting specifications. Her designs undoubtedly had, and still have, that essential 'wow' factor, deriving inspiration from bygone eras and celebrating nostalgia and romance, often with a theatrical twist. Droopy & Browns ceased trading a number of years ago and their sublimely beautiful vintage pieces have now become some of the most sought after in vintage fashion. To wear them and to love them is to know why!!!
THEATRE of FASHION
20th Century Vintage & Contemporary
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