Seller: theatreoffashion (3,110) 99.4%, Location: Dartmouth, Devon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 293055065209 Exquisite & BreathtakingOutrageously BeautifulSubtle 40s 50s Style Couture OpulenceClassic Timeless Beauty ~ Outstanding Statement Dressin THE MOST STUNNING fabric, rare, and very reminiscent of William Morris prints!by the renowned vintage designer Angela Holmesfor the irresistible Droopy & Browns Essences : Couture ~ Luxury ~ Timeless ~ 40s ~~ Femme Fatale ~ Diva ~ Noir Vamp ~ French Glamour ~ Hour Glass ~ War Bride ~ Sweetheart ~ Siren ~ 50s ~ Weddings ~ Garden Party ~ Henley ~ Regatta ~ Grandeur ~ Debutante ~ Glyndebourne ~ Manor House ~ Day or Night ~ Elegance ~ Fashionista ~ Unique ~ Beautiful ~ Timeless... UNIQUE & RARE TO FIND ONE OF A KIND : For lovers of the fabulous Droopy and Browns and the world renowned English designer Angela Holmes, and her early vintage pieces... ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Muse over the magnificent, mesmerising, deep stand out colours and the gorgeous floral print all over this stunning statement vintage dress, so reminiscent of prints by William Morris. This dress is such a rare find! Day or night, town or country, this dress will take you anywhere, dressed up or down, and through out the seasons. With a gorgeous, hugely generous hem sweep, with so much flow to the fabric, as you move, walk, dance! Subtly hour glass, with beautifully fully flared skirt, creating a beautiful shape very evocative of 40s 50s. A timeless silhouette. Completely eye catching ~ Wearable Art! Ideal for a wedding, absolutely beyond beautiful, just add a huge hat ~ This beautiful dress can be whatever you want it to be and you will look absolutely breathtaking in it...For any event or occasion where you want to look sensational! Angela Holmes Design for the renowned Droopy & BrownsImpressive massive hem sweep ~ so much flow to the fabricBlack with deep colours, bold red flowers and green foliage ~ the most sensational print, absolutely reminiscent of William Morris! Amazing. This dress is a very rare find!Beautiful floral all over patternButtoned bodice ~ eight self fabric buttons ~ and two buttons on each cuffFabric, 100% luxury cotton ~ high quality cotton with a beautiful weight to itFabulous shape and design to indulge the most glamorous vamp!Perfect for weddings, a going away dress, bridesmaid, or guest ~ Just add huge hat and red lipstick! Excellent vintage condition You will look DIVINE!Expect compliments!Outrageously Beautiful!!!We do offer layaway / instalment payments on some items so buyers can spread payments ~ please enquire. ♥ HISTORY: Droopy & Browns ~ Quintessential English Elegance Droopy & Browns is a byword for quintessential English elegance in vintage fashion. Ball gowns, wedding dresses, long sumptuous skirts, wide-legged trousers, fitted jackets, all with a theatrical flourish, are 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 designer Angela Holmes.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.At first, Angela struggled with 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 Angela's brother Jonathan 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 'Old Hollywood' film stars, than the fickle world of fashion today. Their clothing is flamboyant and nostalgic, and simultaneously contemporary and timeless, yet 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 and redesigned 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 wanted created a loyal following which Droopy and Brown still has to this day ~ and ever growing, as more and more women discover the beautiful sought after vintage Droopy and Brown pieces.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 very many years ago now 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! SIZE: No size label ~ Based on the measurements we have estimated that this dress will fit a range of possible sizes ~ Please see sizing below and measurements further down to be sure of fit.UK : Estimated may fit 8 10 12, possibly small 14~ Please see measurements belowEU : Estimated 36 38 40, possibly small 42 ~ Please see measurements belowUS : Estimated 4/6 8 10, possibly small 12 ~ Please see measurements below MEASUREMENTS: All measurements taken with dress laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate. Please use the measurements provided to measure against a similar dress of your own which you know fits you well. All measurements are taken with the dress 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 1/4 inch or so either way. Please remember to DOUBLE UP for all the way around... Please bear in mind that this dress could be easily adapted to fit by a seamstress if required...xxx Bust ~ armpit to armpit ~ across front ~ approx: 19 inches Waist ~ approx: 16 1/2 inches Hips ~ Very Free size ~ masses of fabric Length / Maxi ~ taken from shoulder and down back of dress to bottom of hem ~ approx: 47 inches Sleeve length ~ taken from shoulder seam and down TOP of sleeve to cuff ~ approx: 25 1/2 inches Beautifully Wide Hem Sweep ~ Like a circle skirt ~ absolutely STUNNING, with so much movement created by exceptional cut and design and masses of fabric! Gorgeous! Clothes as text, clothes as narration, clothes as a story. Clothes as the story of our lives. And if you were to gather all the clothes you have ever owned in all your life, each baby shoe and winter coat and wedding dress, you would have your autobiography. You could wear, once more, your own life in all its stages... ~ Linda Grant, The Thoughtful Dresser Condition: Used, Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Exceptional luxury statement vintage dress with gorgeous subtle 40s/50s styling ~ in sensational red flowers fabric ~ VERY reminiscent of William Morris prints ~ absolutely beyond beautiful by the impossibly sought after designer Angela Holmes for the renowned Droopy and Browns. Fabulous shape and design to indulge the most glamorous vamp! Perfect for weddings, a going away dress, bridesmaid, or guest ~ Just add huge hat and red lipstick! A truly breathtaking dress, couture tailoring and such attention to every detail...In the most delicious striking fabric and such a flattering shapes for all body shapes...So elegant and sophisticated ~ Outstanding timeless statement piece. Whatever your style or occasion, you will look stunningly beautiful in this show stopping dress...and you'll feel like a million dollars!!! The renowned Droopy and Browns at her very best!!! DIVINE!!! Release your inner Femme Fatale!!! xxx, Decade: 50s/40s/Diva/Vamp/Siren/ Femme Fatale/Fashionista, Look: Striking Statement Classic Timeless Beauty, Original/Reproduction: Original, Brand: Droopy and Browns, Modified Item: No, Material: 100% Cotton, UK Sizing:: 8 10 12, small 14 Estimated/Pls see measurements, EURO Sizing:: 36 38 40, small 42 Estimated/Pls see measurements, US Sizing:: 4/6 8 10, small 12 Estimated/Pls see measurements, Main Colour: Red, Exact Colour:: Black & beautiful deep red floral & green foliage, Size: M (12-14), Sizing in Label:: No size label ~ Please see listing & measurements, Style: Rare & Beautiful Dress ~ Day or Night, VERY REMINISCENT of WILLIAM MORRIS: Rare & absolutely BEAUTIFUL print ~ Stunning!!!, Occasion: Day or Night ~ Will take you through all seasons!