Frockery Talk

  • LimeLight Charity Fashion Show, Perth, 24.06.12

    June 11, 2012

    The Frockery is delighted to be supporting the LimeLight Charity Fashion Show, to be held at the Station Hotel, Perth, on Sunday 24th June at 6pm.

    We will be showcasing some of our authentic vintage frockery from the 40s through to the 80s, hopefully demonstrating the sustainable, stylish and timeless nature of fashion from down the decades. Even better, it's all in aid of an excellent local cause: the Cornhill Macmillan Hospice.

    The show is being ably organised by photographer Robin Carrie, and other local businesses showing their clothing and accessories include Bijoux Bags, La Beck Bridal, Monkey Temple of Edinburgh, The Kilt Company, Shamanic and Natural Collection.

    Seven photographers will be capturing images of the event and an impressive line up of  local business sponsors have pledged their support, including BC Cupcakery, Highland Spring Water, Easy-Carpets Perth, Farquhar & Son Ltd Printers.  In addition, raffle prizes are being donated by Simon Howies, Brig Farm Shop, Tesco, St Johnstone FC, Indigo, Meow Studios Edinburgh and many more.

    Tickets are only £8 and available now from the Station Hotel, so get your glad rags on, grab a front row seat and enjoy a spot of the limelight! You'll not only be guaranteed a fun and fashion filled experience, but you'll be supporting an excellent local cause. What better way could there be to spend a summer Sunday evening?

    Limelight Charity Show

  • Vintage 50s ballerina prom dress à la Cyndi Lauper

    May 19, 2012

    Get the Cyndi Lauper look in this gorgeous vintage1950s tutu style ballerina prom dress by John Selby of London.

    john selby 50s vintage prom dress

    The boned bodice is in iridescent purple with an overlayer of navy net dotted with gold. It has purple shoulder straps and pleated front detail with six metallic décor buttons. It is fitted to the waist with a full skirt of navy and gold dotted net over purple, interlayered with tulle. It fastens at the back with a metal zip.

    john selby 50s vintage prom dress

    It is a tiny size, which doesn't zip up on our mannequin, and we have estimated it as a contemporary UK6 with a 32" bust and (up to) 26" waist.

    There are a couple of tiny tears to the net which are only noticeable on close inspection and do not detract from the wearability of this darling dress which is well over 50 years old and ready for the prom!

    Now available for sale in the Frockery shop!

  • Old hat?

    May 14, 2012

    We do love vintage hats and have found them to be popular purchases at vintage fairs, as well as from our online shop (whence they are dispatched in often unconventional packaging, from cornflake cartons to biscuit tins!)

    The various head topping pieces listed in our current catalogue represent but the tip of a much larger iceberg of old hattery which can be found at the Frockery, a selection of which is pictured below. Some of these pieces are for sale, some are for hire, some are used for styling, shows and photo shoots, and a few we just like to keep for ourselves.

    frockery vintage hats

     Meet Arabella, who has graced our antique sideboard for many years. Her current choice of hat is a vintage navy felt number with veil and fabulous feather flourish. Rather oversized for her small head, but we think it still suits her.

    arabella in vintage hat

    We even have a vintage wooden hat stretcher which has been mistaken, on more than one occasion, for a thumb-screwing instrument of torture. Occasionally we wonder what sort of reputation must precede us, but we can assure you we are entirely harmless, old hat loving frockers!

    vintage hat stretcher

  • Free to good home Frockery giveaway!

    May 11, 2012

    It seems to have been raining here forever, but every cloud has a silver (or in this case multicoloured) lining!

    We have the perfect antidote to the miserable weather, which will hopefully put a smile on your face and take you through the predictably wet summer festival season.

    We are giving away this Mary Quant multi coloured plastic poncho to one Frockery Facebook fan or Twitter follower who comments on our page or tweets us the reason they should have it. * The winner will be notified on Monday 13th May and the poncho will be sent off in time for the next rainstorm!

    Mary Quant rain poncho

    Mary Quant rain poncho

    *Sorry this offer is only open to UK residents.

    UPDATE, 14/05/2012:  The winner of the Mary Quant rain poncho is @jilly_uk who tweeted her entry. Thanks to everyone who took part and please keep an eye on our social media channels as we'll be doing more of these fun giveaways.

  • No biz like shoe biz

    May 9, 2012

    We have just taken delivery of some vintage shoes which we thought we'd share here before they appear in the catalogue. If you can't wait, please just drop us an email for details of those pictured below.

    First off, we have these sumptuous 60s Starlight Room satin slingbacks (actually much greener rather than the turquoise shade they appear in this image), labelled size UK6.5 but come up a size smaller. Very Jackie Kennedy!

    60s vintage green satin shoes

    Small but perfectly formed, these vintage Norvic shiny brown shoes with decor buttons are the ultimate cuties in a tiny size UK3.

    vintage brown shoes with buttons

    These vintage Skerry putty coloured perforated shoes are also for dainty feet, being  approximately size UK3. We have a brown suede pair in a similar style, also size UK3.

    vintage shoes

    You could dance the night away quite comfortably in these vintage Nite-Aires evening shoes in black grosgrain fabric with diamante trim, size UK7.

    vintage black evening shoes with diamante

    From the 80s but with an earlier Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs vintage vibe, we love these metallic bronze Saatchi shoes, size UK5.

    80s vintage Saatchi metallic shoes

    And last but not least, we have something for the guys (but girls might like them too!), a fab pair of black and white shoes from Melanddi ("We supply the Jam") of  Carnaby Street, size UK8.

    men's carnaby street monochrome mod shoes

    You'll meanwhile find lots more vintage shoes, sandals and boots, from flatties to towering heels, in our Frockery Footwear department, so why not take a wee look?

  • We love the 70s

    April 25, 2012

    Being frockers of a certain age, we are avidly following the BBC's four part series, The 70s, in which historian Dominic Sandbrook documents the myriad of profound changes that transformed Britain during the decade that good taste allegedly forgot.

    Having missed the first episode and been tantalised on Twitter by teasers from @LadyKentmores and @LovelysVintage, we just had to catch up as soon as we could on  BBC iplayer and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

    Coincidentally, this retro inspired Raleigh Chopper shoulder bag in brown vinyl complete with metal fob, came in last week which took us right back to the 70s when the chief frocker's brother, who was most definitely born to be wild, fancied himself as a bit of an Easy Rider on his chopper bike. Awaiting listing in our catalogue, it (the bag, not the bike) is available now for £18 including postage. 

    raleigh chopper

    There has certainly been an upsurge in demand for, and  general interest in, 70s fashion over the past couple of weeks, with Abigail's Party style maxi dresses in particular flying off the frockery rails.

    You could certainly rival Beverly in this After Six 70s over the top number by Roland Joyce, which has the most amazing floaty floral layers and fan sleeves - just be careful they don't drop into your soup! Awaiting listing in our catalogue (size UK10), it is available now for just £30 including postage.

    Abigail's Party 70s maxi dress

    Abigail's Party 70s maxi dress

    Abigail's Party 70s maxi dress

    If you are keen to embrace  70s style for the first (or second) time, be it glam rock or boho hippy, we hope you might find something you like in our current catalogue;  or drop us an email with your requirements and we'll search through our stock room for suitable contenders!

    For vintage inspiration in the meantime, be sure to catch the rest of The 70s series!