This listing has ended. The seller has relisted this item or one like this.
This is a private listing. Sign in to view your status or learn more about private listings.

Posts to:
Please allow additional time if international delivery is subject to customs processing.
Posts to:


See original listing
Item Ended
Item condition:

TRUE VINTAGE ~ The most fabulous Droopy & Browns dress/ballgown with a huge, stunning, sweeping

... Read more
13 Mar, 2014 00:34:28 GMT
£14.00 Royal Mail International Signed | See details
International items may be subject to customs processing and additional charges.  help icon for delivery - opens a layer
Item location:
Ivybridge, United Kingdom

More chances to get what you want


Feedback on our suggestions

See what other people are watching


Feedback on our suggestions


eBay item number:
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.
Last updated on  18 Feb, 2014 14:19:21 GMT  View all revisions
llaH maS
lliH htroN 15
modgniK detinU


Item specifics

Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously worn. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
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

theatre of fashion logo.jpg



         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...




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. 


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!!!


circus 909092.jpg


20th Century Vintage & Contemporary


Business seller information

Theatre of Fashion
VAT number: UK 116334441

Returns policy

After receiving the item, cancel the purchase within
Return postage
14 days
Buyer pays return postage
The buyer is responsible for return postage costs.
Return policy details
We are happy to accept returns within 14 days of purchase date ~ however after 14 days we can no longer accept returns. We accept returns within this period as long as the item is unworn with all original tags etc. Please let us know as soon as possible after day of receipt through ebay messages if you wish to return an item so that we can supply the correct details and note that the item is being returned. We strongly advise customers to read all details and check size etc, and ask for any measurements etc prior to purchase, as in the case of returns all postage costs in both directions are non-refundable and are the buyer’s responsibility. Please contact us if you require additional information before buying.
Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Find out more about your rights as a buyer - opens in a new window or tab and exceptions - opens in a new window or tab.

Questions and answers about this item

No questions or answers have been posted about this item.


Submit bid

Time left:
Current bid:
(Approximately ##1##)
Import charges:
Your maximum bid:
Your maximum bid:
Please read the full listing. By clicking Confirm bid you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. You will enter a binding contract.
By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.
Resume bidding, if the page does not update immediately.
Submit bid
Review and confirm your bid
Bid confirmation
Free P&P
See item description
(Approximately ##1##)
(Enter ##1## or more)
(Enter more than ##1##)
Your maximum bid:
Increase maximum bid
Submit bid
Confirm bid
Increase maximum bid
Change bid
, you've been outbid. Don't let it get away - bid again.
, you're the highest bidder on this item. Hope you win it.
, you're the first bidder. Hope you win.
, you're currently the high bidder, but you're close to getting outbid.
, this auction is almost over and you're currently the high bidder.
, you're the high bidder, but the reserve price hasn't been met.
Please enter your bid again.
Please enter a valid number as the bid price.
Enter an amount that is equal or greater than the minimum bid required. This can be found under the bid entry box.
Maximum bids can't be lowered once they're submitted.
This seller requires the buyer to have a PayPal account to purchase this item. Get a PayPal account here .
Your bid is greater than or equal to the Buy it now price. We recommend you purchase this item via Buy it now. If you still wish to bid, you may do so below.
Time left:
Current bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Your maximum bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Increase your maximum bid:
By clicking 1 Click Bid, you are agreeing to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. Learn moreabout 1-click bid - opens in a new window or tab
(approximately ##1##)
Winning bid:
Starting bid:
Congratulations The auction has ended and you're the winner.
The auction has ended, but the reserve price was not met.
Sorry, the auction has ended and you were outbid.
Good news, you're the highest bidder.
Sorry, you've been outbid.
You're the highest bidder, but the reserve price has not been met.
Please enter a higher amount than the current bid.
Maximum bids cannot be lowered once submitted.
Please enter a valid number.
This is a private listing and your identity will not be disclosed to anyone except the seller.