I am Marianne and Hubba Hubba Vintage is my business. I live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, a small Island about 1.5 miles off the South Coast of England, with my two young boys and very pampered pooch Spike plus a rather old yet stately silver tabby cat Button. Here is a bit about me and what led me to creating my own dress collection. It’s a story of my sewing and the inspiration behind my dresses.
I learnt to read a commercial dress pattern when I was 13 and we still had ‘O’ levels (which is telltale giveaway to my age!). However, this wasn’t when I actually learnt to sew, by then I had been able to use a sewing machine for over six years and could already rustle up a ball gown if the need arose, which it often did in the 80s a time of frills, shoulder pads and a lot of taffeta. It was my Grandparents who taught me through watching and learning how to cut, thread, stitch and trim. They had a cottage business making soft toys and my Grandpa would work with the fabrics and patterns whilst my Granny did the sewing. I would spend hours with them in their work room as a small child ‘playing’ with fur and beads, laces and trims and the wonderful array of haberdashery which was stored in a magnificent Victorian chest of drawers which I still have in my home.
Ever since I was a little girl I have adored the romance of beautiful dresses, especially when they recreate the nostalgia and glamour of eras long gone. I can recall with perfect clarity my first truly vintage piece, a beautiful black lace 1950s cocktail dress which my Granny adapted from her own wardrobe when I was about eight. Recently I found a genuine 50s lace evening gown in my local dress shop Oh So Vintage! on the Island which you can see me flouncing around in below. Utterly beautiful and completely timeless. To be able to still create something as wonderful today, inspired by yesterday, is what Hubba Hubba is all about.
The Hubba Hubba Collection
It started with the ‘Grace’ dress. I was searching for a long sleeved dress, Mad Men was on the telly and people were waking up to vintage fashion as mainstream rather than niche. High Society is one of my favourite films and the blue chiffon dress Grace Kelly wore fulfilled all my imaginings of feminine grace and dress impracticality! Hence ‘Grace’ was born. As my imagination developed each different dress from old patterns, pictures and films – most of the pieces in the collection are an amalgamation of designs woven together to create something unique – a theme emerged of classic vintage sophistication.
I specialise in made to measure and bespoke creations. Often we are not a standard size or are searching for something specific or a bit of ‘this’ and a bit of ‘that’ in a design. Hubba Hubba does it all. From making a dress from the collection to a specific size to creating a gown from a description or adding trims and haberdashery I have personally sourced to a garment. Each piece is unique and handmade.