Frockery Talk

  • Frockery favourite: 50s style prom princess dress

    March 16, 2012

    This stunning 50s inspired ballerina style prom dress is now available for sale on our website.  In the palest powder blue, with an embellished satin bodice, statement front bow and  multi-layered tulle ballerina length skirt, it is sure to turn heads.

    hannah in 50s prom dress

    It was recently the centrepiece of a 50s Marilyn Monroe inspired  Dollyfrockers photo shoot, but it is also very Carrie from SATC and even has a Madonna Material Girl vibe to it.

    hannah in 50s prom dress

    Modelled here by Hannah Wood and photographed by Gillian Gamble, with hair and make-up by Sandra Cormack, it originally retailed at £120 in a few selected Warehouse stores as a limited edition.

    hannah in 50s prom dress

    Full details can be found here.

    Images of model Hannah Wood courtesy of Gillian Gamble. They may not be reproduced without express permission.

  • Jean Genius

    March 15, 2012

    Who else, apart from the Frockers, remembers experiencing blue leg syndrome after sitting in the bath to shrink their Levi's to fit, then waiting for them to dry on the body? (Well it was the 70s!)

    Several decades on, jeans remain a wardrobe staple for people of all ages, shapes and budgets and we have just added several pairs of  Levi 501s to the catalogue in blue, black and brown. You'll find them listed along with stretch denim and cord flares by Easy Jeans, some 70s high waisted wide leg trousers in green cotton and a pair of white and pink polka dot  Steilmann rockabilly style pants.

    vintage levi 501sblack levis's 501brown levi's 501

    We have quite a few more pairs of jeans and trousers in the stock room which haven't quite made it on to the website yet, including a pair of black Max Mara stretch trousers, DKNY jeans, Firetrap black cords and some white high waisted jeans, so do keep an eye out for them.

    And if you need cowboy boots to go with your jeans, we have it on good authority that RARA in Dundee has some genuine American vintage beauties in stock.

    Meanwhile you can read how jeans conquered the world in this BBC article. We especially loved the 1920 letter to Levi Strauss reproduce in the article from a customer expressing disappointment that his jeans were falling apart after just three years of daily wear.

    "Please find enclosed one pair of your overalls which I am sending you that the head of your fabric department may determine what is wrong. I purchased these from the Brayton Commercial Co of Wickenburg, Arizona, in the early part of 1917 and I have worn them every day except Sunday since that time and for some reason which I wish you would explain they have gone to pieces. I have worn nothing but Levi Strauss overalls for the past 30 years and this pair has not given me the service that I have got from some of your overalls in the past. I know that it is your aim to present a superior article on the market and consider it my duty to help you in any way I can. Please consider this and let me know if the fault is mine."

  • And the winner of the Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge 2012 is...

    March 10, 2012

    The Frockery's eco-fashion challenge 2012, which ran throughout February, caused our judging panel more than a few headaches, we don't mind admitting!  So many stylish outfits were submitted by our talented and creative entrants, it was really tough to choose an overall winner and runner up.

    But here, finally, are the results.

    The winner is Janice Stewart, who will receive a £100 Frockery voucher. It was felt that this unique coat and matching bag, created by Janice from "old jumpers and mixed fabrics" with outside-sewn seams, fully captured the challenge ethos and exuded the eco-wow factor.

    froockery ecofashion challenge winner

    Runner up is Suki Fitzgerald, who will receive a £50 Frockery voucher. Suki's stunning skirt and waistcoat combo, sourced from second hand and charity shops for a veritable song, really hit the eco-fashion spot in our judges' opinion.

    frockery ecofashion challenge runner up

    But we're not finished yet! Since we found you all so eco-inspirational, we've decided to award £20 Frockery vouchers to all of the other stylish ladies (there were no men!) who posted their outfits. To claim your voucher code, please just send us your email address with 'ecovoucher' in the subject line.

    Thank you to everyone who entered into the spirit of our 2012 challenge and we hope to see you all again next year!

  • Frocking and Dollyfrocking

    March 7, 2012

    We had a lovely time at the St Andrews Vintage Fair last weekend, which was also the first official outing for Dollyfrockers, our exciting new collaborative venture with SC MakeUp Artistry and Gillian Gamble Illustration & Photography.

    Since pictures speak louder than words, we thought you'd like to see how Gill Gamble captured the transformation of our student models, Siobhan Dooley and Hannah Wood, into boho princess and 50s prom queen. Hair and make up were by Sandra Cormack and Anna Pillans, with clothes from The Frockery collection.

    Siobhan opted for a bohemian look in this turquoise halter neck dress which is currently available on our website. Stunning hair and make up by Sandra and Anna complemented the look perfectly.

    dollyfrockers boho look

    Meanwhile Hannah could have graced a 50s front cover of Vogue in this original blue and pink flocked dress with shawl collar and full skirt (from our personal collection), which was shown off to perfection with the upswept hairstyle, complete with flowers from Twigs & Twine and glamorous 50s make up.

    dollyfrockers 50s look

    Those were the days, were they not? To book your look, contact the Dollyfrockers!

    dollyfrockers vintage styling

  • St Andrews Very Vintage Fair - we'll be there!

    February 27, 2012

    It's the St Andrews Very Vintage Fashion Fair on Saturday and it's sure going to be swell! Do come and say hello if you're in the vicinity.

    Venue One, University of St Andrews Students Association, St Mary's Place, St Andrews, KY16 9UZ, on 3rd March 2012 at 11.00am

    St andrews Vintage Fair

    And look out for Dollyfrockers, an exciting new collaboration between the Frockery and SC Make Up Artistry, who will be on their first official outing.

    Here's Hannah, one we dollyfrocked earlier!

    marilyn monroe style

     Images: Ivory Tower Events

  • We're back!

    February 26, 2012

    We are back from our whistlestop visit to London Town and raring to go (well, sort of...) All pending orders will be going out on Monday and we thank customers for their patience during our short but sweet absence from the frock face.

    It was a veritable joy to revisit Portobello Road market with its tempting array of vintage. Needless to say we managed to pick up a few pieces of interest, but bravely resisted the temptation to add too much more to our personal collection. Just a few frocks and this wee pair of D&G shoes (completely justifiable, as we're sure you'll agree).

    Dolce and Gabanna shoes

    It was also lovely to catch up with Eddie and the Hot Rods who performed a stonking set at the Half Moon in Putney on Friday night. (Almost as good as shoes, in fact, and much cheaper.) One of our favourite bands, these vintage rockers just get better and better with age. So thank you, Barrie and Richard especially, for making some old frockers very happy!

    [Do forgive the focus 'cos we had been drinking (moderately)]

    barrie masters

    Barrie Masters

    richard holgarth

    Richard Holgarth

    Gratuitous picture of awesome drummer with tattoos...(it's our age).

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     Simon Bowley