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  • A Library of Dress designs: Chapter "R"

    Published Jun 15 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #cottondresses, #plussize, #plussizedresses, #retrodress

    Ready to reminisce over these ravishing, romantic, regal dresses? Passing right over the letter "Q" (because we didn't make one yet) and we've arrived at the letter "R" this week with some of the most desirable dresses to date!

    RACHEL

    Released in the fall of 2014, The Rachel was a charmer with her pretty portrait collar, short puffed sleeves and A line cut. She graced our epic photo shoot at the Canadian Museum of flight. What a lovely day we had at that photo shoot among the vintage planes with these gorgeous models! Rachel made her second appearance for Fall 2018 in fun seasonal prints.

    Cherry Velvet Rachel dress 

    Cherry Velvet Rachel Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel dress

    RITA

    This darling dress was a tribute to the legendary Rita Hayworth of course. With sweet accents like a tiny bow tie at the front of her square neckline, 3/4 sleeves and a lady-like skirt; the Rita was as classy as the fabulous star she was named after. Rita debuted in the Fall of 2013 and reappeared one more time in 2015 with rave reviews.

    Cherry Velvet Rita dress

    Cherry Velvet Rita Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rachel Dress

    Cherry Velvet Rita dress

    Cherry Velvet Rita dress

    Cherry Velvet Rita dress

    ROBIN

    The most darling of sundresses; demure she was definitely not. The Robin had some serious sass and a daring sweetheart neckline, banded straps, featuring a charming gathered knot between the 'girls' and shorter hem length perfect for summertime soirees. Robin appeared at our Hycroft Manor photo shoot in the spring of 2015 and once again in the summer of 2016. 

    Cherry Velvet Robin dress

     Cherry Velvet Robin dress

    Cherry Velvet Robin dress

    Cherry Velvet Robin dress

    Cherry Velvet Robin dress

     Cherry Velvet Robin dress

     

    Cherry Velvet Robin Dress 

    ROXY

    The Roxy was a stunning style from the Spring of 2013 that showcased a lovely portrait collar. The Roxy was originally made in stretch cotton sateen to give a fabulous fit and had 3/4 sleeves with turn back cuffs, a fitted bodice with a mock row of buttons and a full skirt. She reappeared in Fall 2018 in classic solid colours too.

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

     Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    Cherry Velvet Roxy dress

    RUBY

    Named after the vivacious Miss Ruby Roxx, the Ruby dress was appropriately full of sass with plenty of attitude just like our model. With her fitted princess seam detail and a daring mermaid hem, she was a showstopper for sure. Cut in only 2 prints both with illusion black side panels for plenty of va-va-voom. Ruby was a one-time limited edition in the fall of 2013

    Cherry Velvet Ruby dress

    Cherry Velvet Ruby dress

    Cherry Velvet Ruby dress

    Now that you have strolled on past the "R" dresses on our walk down memory lane you can envision how each of our dresses comes to life with their own personality. The inspiring women behind these designs are a big part of the creative process. Our journey continues with the scintillating, sensational "S" dresses soon....

     XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Strut for a Cause: Benefit for Elly Mayday and Ovarian Cancer

    Published Mar 30 2021 in #ArthurErickson, #cherryvelvet, #ellymayday, #ladyballs, #madeincanada, #ovariancancer, #retrodress, #retroglam, #waterfallbuilding

    *The story of "Strut for a Cause" to benefit Elly MayDay and Ovarian Cancer was originally posted on Jan 20, 2014.  Since we've been sharing the history of our dresses, this addendum to the Elly dress is an important part of the story. Elly had a message for all of us women: to be aware of our #ladyballs, the Silent killer "Ovarian Cancer" and the symptoms to look for. 

    It was truly a surprise! In several short weeks, Katherine Dockrill (Helly Hepburn), Nadine Eberts (Rain Hair Salon) and Jen Kaboom (Jen Kaboom Designs) planned a spectacular event for their close friend Elly Mayday. #strutforacause was both a fashion show and fundraiser to benefit Elly and Ovarian Cancer. A unique event space, the Arthur Erickson designed "Waterfall Building" was chosen. Then the mad dash began to line up models, sponsors and volunteers. So many people helped put this event together, and everyone involved deserves a thank-you, but my purpose here is to tell you the story of this special surprise for Elly.

    To get Elly 'party ready', what better than to plan a photo shoot? Gal pals Shimona Henry (Pin-up Perfection Photography) and Stela Licina (model and make-up ninja) whisked her out to a studio in White Rock, did her hair and make-up and spent the day shooting. Elly had graciously agreed to take a few photos for me on this last day of shooting before her scheduled surgery. So we quickly sewed up a new Cherry Velvet wingbust dress design with a full skirt, and named it the 'Elly', with the hope that she would wear it to the party. We kept our fingers crossed that we'd gotten the size right (as Elly has lost 45 pounds) but we did. From our size large at the start of her modeling career about a year ago, she's now a size XS in our dresses.

    With a ruse to pick up Nadine at Rain Hair Salon (adjacent to the Waterfall building), they got Elly all the way to the door without her really suspecting what was planned. With a full house including family, friends, photographers and press, the look on her face was both touching and priceless.

    Elly Mayday                       Elly Mayday and Nadine Eberts (photo credit to Brian Perkins)

    There was a total of 5 segments of fashion shows, including ours, with a huge line up of models all donating their time to the show. I'd like to thank all the amazing models who enthusiastically strutted their stuff down the runway. We're in the process of producing a video of the show which we'll share asap! But I'd like to personally thank all the girls that represented Cherry Velvet:

    Jihan AmerJihan Amir (Wilhelmina Models) in 'Brigitte Shutterbug" Patrick Rooney Photography 

    Charlotte Doering       Charlotte Curve Model in Brigitte "Turquoise Orchard" Patrick Rooney  Photography

    Lexi WhiteWall    Sarah Lexi Lafontaine (Lexi Whitewall) in Elizabeth "Floral Bouquet" photo by Zemekiss

    Chrissy Barham                  Christine Barham (Chrissy Noir) in Trudy "Chatroom" photo by                               Zemekiss

    Nadine Eberts   Nadine Eberts (Rain Hair Salon) in Trudy "Cherry Blossom" photo by                    Zemekiss

    Tracy Cake wearing Cherry VelvetTracy Cake (Tracy Cake Make-up and More) in Brigitte "Anime Flowers" photo by Zemekiss

    Chery Velvet Brigitte Dress
    Leah (MissLuscious Ness) in Brigitte "Rosy Dots" photo by Zemekiss

    Elly MayDay wearing the Cherry Velvet Elly Dress
    and of course Elly Mayday in the Elly Dress in "Black Damask" photo by Zemekiss

    Elly MayDay wearing the Cherry Velvet Elly Dress
    Elly took her turn walking down the runway in her new "Elly" dress.  Patrick Rooney Photography

    Elly's story and legacy is meant to be shared. She brought awareness to Ovarian Cancer and through her advocacy; Elly helped many, many women who struggled with this silent killer.

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • A Library of Dress Designs: Chapter "D"

    Published Mar 18 2021 in #1950s, #cherryvelvet, #dressdesigns, #madeincanada, #pinup, #retrodress

    D is for darling, delightful, decadent, divine... dresses! This post is all about the beautiful designs released with a "D" name. Come continue this journey through Cherry Velvet history with us!

    Danielle

    Named after a darling previous staff member and model, this design was released for the first time way back in 2015. Ironically, we never did get a photo of Danielle, in her namesake dress. However, we'll always remember Danielle fondly anytime we wear one. We once did a photo shoot of the Danielle dress right in Fluevog's Granville store! What a treat that was to have a wonderful selection of shoes on hand to pair with the dresses.

    Cherry Velvet Danielle Dress

    Cherry Velvet Danielle dress

    Cherry Velvet Danielle Dress

    Cherry Velvet Danielle Dress

    Cherry Velvet Danielle Dress

    Daphne

    After many requests for dresses with sleeves and due to the popularity of the Brigitte dress, Diane, our designer, combined those desires into one dreamy dress. You might recognize the back detail from the Brigitte as the neckline in the Daphne. Sometimes, that's how a new dress is born, from customer requests or details re-imagined into a new style. This first image is of our long time model Danielle of the 'Daneille' dress fame, here modeling the Daphne at our Save On Meats photo shoot. The Daphne dress debuted in our Fall 2012 catalog.

    Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

    Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

    Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

    Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

    Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

    Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

    Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

    Dina

    The Dina dress was named after a very lovely lady that was the buyer for a company called Gwynnie Bee. They bought many, many dresses from us over the years for their dress subscription service. The Dina was only released once in Fall 2013. (P.S. it was never made in the Camera Print)

    Cherry Velvet Dina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Daphne Dress

     Dita

    This iconic dress was named for none other than Dita von Tease herself. It was a design that was directly inspired by a dress that Dita wore. It was originally released in 2 colours in the summer of 2014. And once again in the Fall of 2017 in the Golden Galaxy print with white and gold stars on a black background.  A Cherry Velvet dress inspired by one that Dita Von Tease wore

    Cherry Velvet Dita Dress

    Cherry Velvet Dita Dress

    Cherry Velvet Dita Dress

     Doris

    Named after 1950's songbird Doris Day, this dress is just as lovely as the lady. With a bustier style top, the details are fabulously flattering and just perfect for the summer, with straps that cover your bra's. She was designed with unique seaming at the bustline to not only emulate a corset but some of the classic Alfred Shaheen styles of the 1950's. You may not realize this but the Doris is actually the exact same cut as the Elly, the only difference is the addition of the 'wings' on her sister dress, the Elly. 

     Cherry Velvet Doris Dress

    Cherry Velvet Doris DressAside from our iconic Cherries and Dots print, there were several wildly popular and often asked about prints in the Doris. One was called Pixel Party....we even made a video game out if it! 

    Cherry Velvet Pixel Party Doris Dress

    Cherry Velvet Pixel Party Doris Dress

    Cherry Velvet Doris Dress

    Cherry Velvet Doris Dress

    Another super popular style was Octopus Garden. A fabric designed by Margot Elena of Tokyo Milk. 

    Cherry Velvet Octopus Garden Doris Dress

     And how could we forget Starmagic? Glow in the Dark dresses are a fan favourite and this was the very first one we made that #glowedinthedark. 

    Cherry Velvet Starmagic Doris Dress

    I hope you've enjoyed this chapter from our dress archives.  Stay tuned for the next library instalment all about the letter "E"!

    (...this is starting to sound like Sesame Street! :)

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     

     

  • A Library of Dress Designs: Chapter "C"

    Published Mar 09 2021 in #10yearanniversary, #cherryvelvet, #dressdesigns, #history, #pinupdress, #plussize, #retrodress

    We sure hope you're enjoying looking back at our history of dresses as much as we are enjoying writing it and reminiscing! We got to know so many lovely women in all the photo shoots we did over the years, and it's an honour to share all these stories again.

    On to the letter "C"!

    CELESTE

    The Celeste dress was a one time only design that came out in the Spring of 2014. We designed it especially to accommodate this metallic border printed fabric. To make a border print work, the pattern pieces need to fit sideways on the fabric so that the border runs along the hem of the dress. This style and the Sally dress were the only two styles we ever set up for a border print so far.

    Cherry Velvet Celeste Dress

    Cherry Velvet Celeste dress

    CHARLOTTE

    Cherry Velvet Charlotte Dress

    The Charlotte was the very first dress Cherry Velvet ever made. You can imagine our excitement in the office when the first shipment of dresses arrived. Even though the caption reads 10 prints, there were actually 14 prints all together, all on the chart below plus the Butterfly print. Only a very small handful was available in some the the prints. What made the Charlotte especially unique was each of the 14 prints had it's own special trim around the 'V' neckline.

    Cherry Velvet Charlotte Dress

    Cherry Velvet Charlotte Dress

     Cherry Velvet Charlotte dress

    Some of you may remember our original studio in Railtown, Vancouver. A customer is modelling the butterfly print that is an all time favourite of our designer Diane's. She still wears this dress to this day.

    CHLOE

    The Chloe dress made her only appearance in the Fall of 2013. She was a very pretty style with a scallop detail around the neck. Even though the Chloe never came back again, the bodice and fit of this style was the precursor to quite a few other styles like the Brooke and the Olivia. The green colourway modeled by Ruby Roxx was the most limited pattern in this design.

    Cherry Velvet Chloe Dress

    Cherry Velvet Chrissy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Chloe dress

    CHRISSY

    Many of you will recognize this classic Cherry Velvet style, it's a design that has been recut many times throughout the years. It was named after our model Chrissy Snow (in this first photo) The mock wrap of the bodice is universally flattering to many figure types and indeed is a style that fits whether you have a larger or a smaller bustline.

    Cherry Velvet Chrissy Dress

    The Chrissy first appeared in the summer of 2015. She was often cut in a polka dot or a floral print as this design requires a 2 way print. 

    Cherry Velvet Chrissy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Chrissy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Chrissy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Chrissy Dress

     Cherry Velvet Chrissy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Chrissy Dress

    Cherry Velvet Chrissy dress

    CHRISTINA

    The Christina dress was the third style we ever made in the Fall of 2011. It had the addition of vintage trim on the collar and cuff. This Kimono Fan print was especially adorable with it's red ric-rac edging.Cherry Velvet Christina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Christina Dress

    Cherry Velvet Christina Dress

    COLETTE

    The Colette came out in the Spring of 2014 and again one more time. It was made of cotton sateen with a bit of stretch which lent itself well to this wiggle dress design. Colette's sassy style featured unique cut outs at the shoulder and a cheeky flounce at the hem. 

    Cherry Velvet Colette Dress

     

    Cherry Velvet Colette DressI hope you've enjoyed this chapter from our dress archives.  Stay tuned for another chapter next week!

    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

  • A Library of Dress Designs: Chapter "B"

    Published Feb 23 2021 in #10yearanniversary, #cherryvelvet, #dressdesigns, #madeincanada, #pinup, #plussize, #retrodress

    Join us as we continue our pictorial history of 10 years of Cherry Velvet dresses, this chapter all about names starting with the letter "B".

    BARBARA

    The Barbara was the second dress style we ever made in 2011. It was named after a former Cherry Velvet employee, Barb Wilkins. The Barbara came in a whole range of prints with contrast banding around the neck and sleeves. Can you pick out which prints were the most popular?*

    Cherry Velvet prints for the Barbara Dress

     

    Cherry Velvet Barbara Dress

    BETSY

    Betsy debuted in the Summer of 2016. Another employee Dawn modeled these for us as well as Charlotte Doering at our Hycroft Manor shoot.

    Cherry Velvet Betsy Dress

     Cherry Velvet Betsy dress

    BIANCA

    The Bianca dress named after our model, Bianca Bombshell, was the wiggle dress version of the wingbust Elly dress. The wingbust style was popularized by a designer named Alfred Shaheen in the 1950's. It's a name used to describe the petal or wing shaped accents on the dress bodice. 

    Cherry velvet Bianca Dress

    BRIGITTE

    Our most popular dress of all time is also the one that we made the most of by far, is the Brigitte dress. Named after the gorgeous starlet, Brigitte Bardot, she was first released in the Spring of 2013. The following is only a small selection of the prints that were made in the Brigitte dress. This first image is of Model Elly Mayday photographed by Pin-up Perfection Photography.

    Elly Mayday models a Cherry Velvet Brigitte dress

     Cherry Velvet Brigitte Dress

    Cherry Velvet Brigitte dress

    Cherry Velvet Brigitte dress

    Cherry Velvet Brigitte dress

     Cherry Velvet Brigitte dress

    Cherry Velvet Brigitte dress

    BROOKE

    The Brooke dress is a really special dress with a full-circle skirt. She needs the most fabric of all our designs, taking a whopping 4 yards of fabric in some of the bigger sizes. This photo is from our January of 2013 Hycroft Manor photo shoot.

    Cherry Velvet Brooke dress

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    More exciting 'C' dresses to see next week...

    XOX Cherry Velvet

    *P.S. The most popular prints for the Barbara were "Good Luck Tattoo" and "Polka Party", although once we introduced the Sugar Skulls, that one quickly  became the most popular print for the Barbara dress.
  • 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

     

  • Nostalgia, Foliage and Swiss Cheese

    Published Feb 11 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #hawaii, #monstera, #palm, #retrodress

    I always remember this big bodacious plant in our house when I was growing up in the seventies. I hadn’t given it any thought in years, until a vacation when I visited the Hawaiian Botanical Garden on the Big Isle. It was an experience I’ll never forget. This lush tropical paradise had every houseplant I'd ever seen, growing like a shrub on steroids. And there it was. The Monstera plant from my youth, growing up these massive palm trees. Wow!

    Monstera vines growing up palm trees at the Hawaiian Botanical Garden
    I’ve never had much inclination to care for indoor plants, but as you know, we’re now spending lots of time at home. And so, a rather large Monstera came home from my favourite garden center one day. It’s got the premium spot by the window right next to where I sit to read or watch TV. Apparently they are very easy to grow and do get quite large. One day, it’ll be that monster monstera that I remember growing up!

    monstera leaf
    "And what's Swiss Cheese got to do with it?", you might wonder. It's one of the common names of Monstera, given because of the leaves. As they grow, they form holes which eventually split open. Pretty cool!

    Cherry Velvet designer Diane Kennedy wearing a Monstera printed dress
    Meanwhile I sit in my spot, gazing out at my little garden, with my hummingbird coming to feed right outside my window. I’m enjoying this little corner sanctuary with my newfound time to nurture.

    And if you didn’t already recognize it, the Monstera motif is echoed in our Waterfront dress in Palm print. (P.S. they’re on Sale!)

    XOX Diane