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  • Get to know our models!

    Published Oct 20 2022 in #pinupgirl, #plussizepinup, models, pinup, pinupmodel

    If you've been following us for a while you may have noticed a few lovely new faces modeling our dresses. So we figured why not put them in the spotlight with an introduction?

    Fun fact; All three of these babes are mama's! Proving that living your best pin-up life doesn't just have to be a day dream after having kids. You are stunning, worthy and absolutely deserve to shine.

    Now let's meet these ladies...

    La Toya

    La Toya captured us with her bright eyes, gorgeous smile and irresistible dimples.

    But she's also a complete power house! A single mom of 3 currently battling long Covid & Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome but not letting anything get in the way of her goals. La Toya is the owner of Go2Girl Services which she started after fleeing an abusive relationship. Her business has won numerous awards including the 2022 Small Business of the Year and the 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the year. La Toya is a lover of musicals,  all things pink and has a soft spot for dogs. She's also a self-proclaimed Aladdin and Jack Sparrow fanatic (she even has tattoos of the genie and captain!)

    We look forward to more photoshoots with this brave beauty!

     

    Miss Rebecca Rouge

    Who's that gal with the fierce red locks, adorable freckles and killer smile? Why it's Miss Rebecca Rouge! This babe is a single mama of 3 boys, which makes her a superhero in our book! She has a penchant for thrifting, especially for vintage sewing machines and cameras. Her youngest (age 7) loves picking out her dresses to wear, and he has plenty of choice in the wardrobe department too, as she owns over 80 pairs of heels and 2 dresses for every pair! We love a personal stylist!

    Her beauty secret is that she uses a red liquid matte lipstick in her eyebrows every day so that it matches her hair.

     

    Cherry Lee Lewis

    Snow White's got nothing on this raven haired bombshell! Melanie, aka Cherry Lee Lewis is a mom to an adorable baby boy and a professional event planner, having worked on over 1000 events. This crafty queen loves to sew costumes for pin-up pageants, photo shoots and of course, Halloween! She's a big Elvis fan and even got engaged at Graceland. Her favourite place in the world is New Orleans. Mmmm beignets!

     

    Are you interested in modeling for us and located in the Greater Vancouver area? We are always keeping our eyes peeled for new models for our photoshoots.

    Fill out the form here and don't forget to send us your photo's!

  • YOU Oughta be in Pictures!

    Published Jan 21 2022 in #bodypositive, #cherryvelvet, #pinup, #pinupgirl, #plusmodel, #plussize

    pinup style cartoon of model Ruby Roxx on a mint background caption model search

    Calling all curvy gals sized Small to 3X. We're looking for more body positive and ethnically diverse local models within the Vancouver area for photo and video shoots. We are being extra careful with safety protocols in place (masks, social distancing and outdoor locations). You could be featured in our next campaign! 

    Can you believe it? 

    There is a place on our website where we have a model submission form and we are baffled because only 30% of the people remember to send us their photos with the submission. How can we hire someone without seeing a picture?  Check out our submissions page and don't forget to show us your gorgeous selves!

    pinup style cartoon image of Kerosene Deluxe wearing a pink corset

    So if you'd like to model for us, please fill out our model submissions form here and

    PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALSO SEND ALONG YOUR PHOTOS!!

    Thank-you and good luck! 

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • The Final Library of Dresses: Chapter "T - Z"

    Published Aug 05 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #madeincanada, #madmen, #pinupgirl, #plussizedresses

    Ta-Dah! You've made it to the final exciting installment of our dress archives. So... last but certainly not least and with out further ado; here are the final fabulous frocks from T - Z...

    TATYANA

    Named for a Cherry Velvet staff member, the Tatyana was introduced in the fall of 2015 for a one-time production. She was very sassy indeed with her plunging V neckline, criss cross straps and daring cold shoulders. She came in popular prints that featured artistic animal motifs like these hidden tiger prints by Tula Pink. Cherry Velvet Tatyana dress

    Cherry Velvet Tatyana dress

    Cherry Velvet Tatyana dress

    TRUDY

    Sweet Trudy was an adorable day dress that made a striking style statement. Trudy had a little attitude thanks to short puffy sleeves, a collar, a V neckline and a row of bold buttons on the bodice. She was suitable for work, lunch with the girls or dinner out on the town. What do you think, perhaps we should bring Trudy back? 

    Cherry Velvet Trudy dress

     Cherry Velvet Trudy Dress Cherry Velvet Trudy Dress

     VANESSA

    Vanessa was a charmer that answered the call for dresses that were perfect to wear to work. She was very popular and flattering for many body shapes. Vanessa featured a V neck, short sleeves and buttons up the front of the bodice. She came in many amazing prints, probably the most memorable was our Ms. Frizzle Dress in a print that was out of this world.....

    Cherry Velvet Vanessa Dress Cherry Velvet Vanessa Dress

    Cherry Velvet Vanessa DressCherry Velvet Vanessa DressCherry Velvet Vanessa DressCherry Velvet Vanessa Dress Cherry Velvet Vanessa Dress

     VERONICA

    Aptly named for legendary screen siren, Veronica Lake. She was the perfect curvy dress for the sexy secretary style that we could see celebrated in Mad Men. The first time Veronica came out was very early on in the Fall of 2012. She flaunted a contrast collar, sweetheart neckline, 3/4 cuffed sleeves and a full skirt. Veronica is especially memorable since she was our very first dress to be made in our signature cherry print. 

     Cherry Velvet Veronica Dress

    Cherry Velvet Veronica Dress

    Yes, we made 2 Veronica dresses! The second time we named a dress Veronica, it was for our long time model Veronica Belle. Now this was a party dress that every girl dreamed of! The full circle skirt was perfect to wear with a crinoline. This classic confection was made in pretty shades of satin, with a fitted bodice, waistband and finished with a perky bow. She was the Belle of the ball and perfect for dancing the night away!

    Cherry Velvet Veronica Dress

     Cherry Velvet Veronica Dress

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    VIOLA

    The bold colour-block style of Viola was featured in the spring of 2015. Diane pulled her inspiration from the geometric styles and eye-catching colours of the 1960's. This dress was made in a smooth rayon-poly blend. The tricky negative space gave the illusion of a tiny waist. How great was that? Viola was a streamlined design that came in two colourways; Coral/Black and Royal/Black. 

    Cherry Velvet Viola Dress

     ZOE

    Zoe was a sweet and sassy sundress with a rockabilly attitude. She had a V neck with ruching in the front and was made in several darling florals as well as cool metallic mod dot prints. She had an A-line skirt and pockets. We'll never forget the fun retro road trip we took with this style in a gorgeous vintage gold Thunderbird! Here's a look back to that amazing memory and the beautiful pictures that share a glimpse into those rockin' good times.

    Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress

    Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress

    Cherry Velvet Zoe Dress

     And so we have reached the conclusion of our first decade of dress designs. Yes, that's 10 years of fashion shoots, photographers, stylists, models, hair & make-up and mishaps along the way.

    This fun-filled journey would not have been possible without the contributions of many who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make these dresses a reality. The seemingly endless work of designing, fitting, fabric selection, and production are only a small part of the labour of love that is Cherry Velvet.  Our heartfelt appreciation goes out our supportive team of staff, models, and friends who have helped the brand thrive.

    We hope you'll take the time to write us and tell us which styles you love and if there are any that you would like us to make again for you. Feel free to send us an e-mail or comment on our social posts. Or watch for a survey coming soon.

    Cheers to another 10 years! As we sign off we're busy ordering beautiful new prints and planning new must-have dresses for you to love....

     XOX Cherry Velvet

     

  • A Library of Dress Designs: Chapter "A"

    Published Feb 18 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #dressdesigns, #history, #madeincanada, #pinupgirl, #plusmodel, #retrodress

    Later this summer Cherry Velvet will celebrate it's 10th Anniversary! Can you believe it!? We've been making beautiful dresses in Canada for you to love and having a blast doing it!

    We're starting to mark this milestone by reminiscing on these past 10 years. We thought you would enjoy seeing a complete pictorial history of all our dress designs. You'll get to revisit each of the names, designs, favourite prints and all the lovely women that have modelled our dresses for you to collect over the years.

    Let's begin our journey down memory lane with the letter "A"....

    ADELE

    Named after the famous singer songwriter, the Adele was an elegant wiggle dress we could imagine the woman Adele actually wearing. She made a one time only appearance back in June of 2013 here on beautiful and curvaceous Ruby Roxx.

    Ruby Roxx models a black and white Cherry Velvet dress called Adele

     an excerpt from a Cherry Velvet catalog of the Adele dress

    ADALINE

    Inspired by the movie and beautiful dresses from The Age of Adaline, the Adaline had a vintage inspired, 1940's appeal. She made her appearance in 2015 at our photo shoot at historic Galbraith Manor on Ruby Roxx and Kaleigh Almond. Adaline's unique cutout neckline sure did turn heads.

    Ruby Roxx models a blue Cherry Velvet dress called Adaline

     An excerpt from a Cherry Velvet catalog of the Adaline Dress

    ALICE

    Croquet anyone? Models Veronica Belle and Ruby Roxx show off the Alice dress while playing lawn games at beautiful Momiji Gardens at Hastings Park. The Alice dress featured several hidden animal prints by fabric designer Tula Pink. The Alice was released only once in the summer of 2016.

    Models wear Cherry Velvet dresses and play croquet

    Cherry Velvet Alice dress

    ANGELINA

    The Angelina made her first debut in the Fall of 2015. She's a style we've since repeated many times. With a longer, more natural waistline, Angelina is a great choice for average height to taller girls. She features a stunning back detail; two straps twisted in the middle to make your exit as memorable as your entrance! She's a long time favourite of many customers and is still available to this day.

    Cherry Velvet Angelina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Angelina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Angelina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Angelina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Angelina dress

    ANNETTE

    Our very first big official photo shoot was at the historic diner, Savon Meats with photographer Shimona Henry of Pin-up Perfection Photography in January of 2013. This was also the very first ever photo shoot for our patternmaker Genesis Hiles and model Elly Mayday. The Annette dress made an unforgettable apperance with her unique U shaped Peter Pan collar and a lovely open back detail all accented with contrast piping. 

    Cherry Velvet Annette Dress

    Cherry Velvet Annette dress

    Annette came back once more in Spring 2018, but this time with the addition of a full skirt.

    Cherry Velvet Annette dress

    AUDREY

    In all these years of making dresses, we've only made one actual velvet dress called the Audrey named after our designer Diane's Mom. For Holiday 2012, it came in three colours of sumptuous rayon velvet; royal blue, dark green and midnight navy.

    Cherry Velvet Audrey dress

     

    AURORA

    Named after the Disney princess from Sleeping Beauty, this dress was certainly made for a girly girl. It had a mock wrap, pleated bodice, short puffed sleeves, a very full skirt and a generously wide tie belt to tie in a bow. We made it in cotton prints but also in several solid special occasion fabrics too. 

     Cherry Velvet Aurora Dress

    Cherry Velvet Aurora Dress

    AVA

    Named after the elegant 1940's star, Ava Gardener, the Ava was the only peplum style we ever released. She was an early style that debuted in 2012. This was Danielle Keil first photo shoot with us, she was a Cherry velvet employee as well as a favourite model. 

    Cherry Velvet Ava dress

    Cherry Velvet Ava dress

    I hope you've enjoyed the first chapter from our dress archives as we look back at designs named with the letter "A". Stay tuned for more...

    P.S. When the whole library is complete, we'll save it permanently on our website so you can look through it any time. 

    XOX Cherry Velvet