Sept. 5, 2013 – WTVR CBS 6 – Virginia This Morning: A Step Back in Time

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – It’s time to ‘dress to the nines’ and head on down to the 2nd Annual Gatsby Afternoon Picnic where you can enjoy food and vintage fashions from the 1920?s and 30?s. Event Coordinator, Jay Gatsby also known as Andy Nishida brought along a few models for a mini fashion show and shared more details. (Watch entire interview)

May 2013 – Virginia Living – “Anything Goes”

VALiving I arrive at the Bolling Haxall House in downtown Richmond just as a gaggle of feather-headed dames in black gloves and smiling men in penguin suits step from their car out into the night. It would look like a scene from an old TCM flick, or HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” except that they exit from a Chevy Tahoe.

Our destination is the Jazz Age Preservation Ball at an 1858 Italianate-style mansion, the perfect place to have a Great Gatsby flashback. Tonight’s sold-out soiree is being hosted by the Art Deco Society of Virginia, a Richmond-based club founded in 2012 whose members see themselves as ambassadors for the eclectic art deco style—and lifestyle—that was the rage in the Roaring ’20s and art moderne ’30s, the days of flagpole sitting, speakeasies and Busby Berkeley musicals. (Read entire article)

Jan. 16, 2013 – WTVR CBS 6 – Virginia This Morning: Art Deco Society of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – This organization strives to preserve and promote the Commonwealth’s Art Deco rich history while embracing elegance and glamour. President Olivia Lloyd shared a preview and Rita Shiang & Andy Nishida performed ‘The Charleston.’ Their Jazz Age Preservation Ball Fundraiser is Saturday, January 19 from 7:30pm to 11:30pm at Bolling Haxall House, 211 East Frankln Street. Benefits will help The Byrd Theatre Foundation. (Watch entire interview)

Jan. 15, 2013 – Style Weekly – “Do the Time Warp: The Jazz Age Preservation Ball Resurrects Lost ’20s Spirits”

StyleInterviewIn Richmond, hard times are no excuse to stay home — they’re grounds for celebration.

Even during the darkest days of the Depression, Richmonders found a way to get down, throwing three lavish Beaux Arts Balls at the Jefferson Hotel. Hundreds of costumed men and women showed up. Jazz filled the air. In the event’s first year, a beautiful woman named the Spirit of the Ball rode into the lobby on a horse. The next year, she trumped that entrance by being lowered from the ceiling in an enormous tulip.

The Beaux Arts Balls mostly have been forgotten, but the Art Deco Society of Virginia aims to resurrect their boisterous spirit with its first Jazz Age Preservation Ball, set for Jan. 19 at the Bolling Haxall House. (Read entire article)

Jan. 2, 2013 – Richmond Magazine – “31 Things You Must Do in 2013

RichmondMag3116. Step into the Jazz Age
The style and sounds of the 1920s and ’30s return to Richmond about 90 years late — fashionably late, that is — thanks to the newly formed Art Deco Society of Virginia, which presents its Jazz Age Preservation Ball on Jan. 19 at the Bolling Haxall House on East Franklin Street. “The space is a throwback to the Beaux-Arts design,” says society co-founder Olivia Lloyd, adding that the hope is a resurrection of the legendary Beaux-Arts Ball held in Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel in the 1930s. “They had dancing girls, which we’re going to bring back and I think they even had live animals,” such as an elephant with a woman riding on its back, Lloyd says of past Beaux-Arts exploits. The 2013 event is a fundraiser to benefit the arts, in this case, the Byrd Theatre. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers, including live period jazz and Charleston dance lessons before the gala begins. —CD (Read entire article)

Sept. 19, 2012 – Richmond Magazine – “Special Art Deco Tour”

RMagDecoTourJoin the Art Deco Society of Virginia as they head to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts this Sunday for a private group tour of the museum’s internationally recognized collection of Art Deco and Art Nouveau decorative arts.

Starting at 2 p.m., it’s a guided tour by the VMFA’s Art Deco specialist Rosaleen Cosby. She’ll lead the group through one of the most prominent and extensive public collections of period objects outside of Paris, and you and friends are all invited.

Meet members of the Art Deco Society (these guys host fabulous parties) and see works by master artisans such as Jean Dunand and Louis Süe, whose 1925 cabinet embellished with exuberant flowers of silver and mother of pearl conveys period sleekness and shimmering sheen. Donald Deskey’s three-panel screen (pictured) delivers Deco energy, too, with its zigzag pattern and shining metal leaf. (Read entire article)

Aug. 20, 2012 – The Savvy Seeker – “Q&A with Olivia Lloyd, president of the Art Deco Society of Virginia

SavvySeekerQ: Tell us briefly about yourself. What are your hobbies or interests?

Olivia: My mother has always said that I’m an old soul trapped in the wrong time. I have had a passion for everything vintage my entire life. While most little girls were playing with dolls, I was listening to my parents’ old ’45s and learning how to jitterbug and go-go dance in the living room. When I’m not working my day job at VCU, I am working my second job as a hair and make-up artist specializing in vintage looks. In my spare time I enjoy scouring thrift stores for hidden gems, sewing vintage-inspired dresses and swinging on my porch swing with my dog, Lola. (Read entire article)