Leading designer of vintage-inspired clothing, Vivien of Holloway, recently made a truly amazing bespoke frock for singer Paloma Faith. I caught up with Vivien to find out the story behind the dress.

Vivien, how did you end up making a dress for Paloma?
Paloma had been wearing some of our dresses before, she has a couple of our sarongs. A friend of mine, the owner of vintage boutique the Girl Can’t Help It, told me that Paloma would love to have a full-length dress, which isn’t a style we do.

I’d been to see her perform a couple of times, the last time at the Isle of Wight Festival, and I’ve always loved her dynamic stage presence and larger than life persona. Her stage set was like an old Hollywood movie so I decided to make her a dramatic, long gown with a train.

What kind of fabric did you choose?
Most of our evening dresses are made of Duchess Satin, which just hangs beautifully and flatters the body line, so I chose the same fabric for Paloma.

What was her reaction when you told her about the dress?
I sent her a text message initially. Then I put it on one of our models when we were doing a photo shoot and sent her the picture – the dress was picked straight away after that! Paloma wore it to the opening of Southbank Tower where she performed, she looked amazing!

Is there a regular version of the dress?
Paloma’s dress was based on our Jezebel design, it’s very similar but nor full-length. We’d love to do some ball gowns for next year though.

What else have you got in store for 2016?
We have a new wool dress inspired by the early 50s. It’s A-line and extremely flattering and might even arrive in store before Christmas. I only design dresses that will suit all kinds of body shapes and vintage sizes from 10 up to 24. I’m a vintage size 18 myself so I don’t see the point of designing clothes that won’t fit me. Also coming up are an elegant, 40s style dress, a New Look inspired coat and a really wearable swagger jacket.

How did you get into designing?
I started when I was ten years old. I loved old 50s movies and spent a lot of time in the school’s sewing room making my own clothes. I left school when I was 15 and through a friend got a work experience place at a ballet costumier. It was amazing working on the costumes for Cats for example.

Are there any other famous people you’d like to dress in the future?
To be honest I’m already dressing most of the people I like. I dress lots of people who love vintage or who are part of the burlesque scene.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Paloma Faith performs during the opening of new landmark 41-storey development, South Bank Tower, with an exclusive event in the penthouse complete with a private performance by Paloma Faith, at South Bank Tower on October 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for CIT)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Paloma Faith performs during the opening of new landmark 41-storey development, South Bank Tower, with an exclusive event in the penthouse complete with a private performance by Paloma Faith, at South Bank Tower on October 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for CIT)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Paloma Faith attends the opening of new landmark 41-storey development, South Bank Tower, with an exclusive event in the penthouse complete with a private performance by Paloma Faith, at South Bank Tower on October 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for CIT)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Paloma Faith attends the opening of new landmark 41-storey development, South Bank Tower, with an exclusive event in the penthouse complete with a private performance by Paloma Faith, at South Bank Tower on October 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for CIT)