Happy Halloween to all our customers!
Image credit: Elaine Kirk
Arthur Frocker has been complaining bitterly (in that moodily mute manner only a male mannequin can manage - just look at that less than impressed expression above!) about being left stood in a corner of the Frockery office with little attention (apart for some tacky tinsel round his shoulders last Christmas) and no outings for the past year.
Since his Spice Girls pals went off on tour and were such a massive hit at RARA, the best wee vintage shop in Downtown Dundee, a touch of the green eyed monster has begun to afflict our ageing mannequin, who wants a bit of the action (or maybe that should be inaction) for himself.
So since it's Halloween, which is definitely Arthur's time of year, we have once again dressed him up in his tailcoat, tuxedo shirt and bow tie for a surprise trip to Dundee. He looked distinctly unimpressed when being loaded (horizontally) into Johnny Frocker's van and lost his head again. [Readers may remember that the same fate befell him last year when his head rolled off his shoulders while sitting in the passenger seat of Alison's Merc as she negotiated a roundabout]. He keels over a lot as well these days, and some of his body parts are no longer in working order - all part of the vintage mannequin's ageing process, it seems - but we love him nonetheless.
If you want meet Arthur in the flesh (or should that be resin?) pop into RARA and the Pretty Vacant Showrooms this week, where he'll be delighted to greet you. What's more, if you send us a picture of yourself with Arthur, you'll be in with a chance of winning £20 of Frockery goods. (Judging will take place next week, and remember to send your contact details in case you win!)
"Relax, I'm 'armless, and I don't have my head (or hands) screwed on either!"
Happy Halloween from the Frockers and RARA!
Tomorrow is the big day for vintage lovers in and around St Andrews!
We'll be there and have been struggling to decide what to take from our vast vintage stock. It's just a pity the Frockers' van doesn't double as a tardis!
However, visitors to our stall will be able to pick up a discount code for the Frockery website (valid until 30th November), so be sure to come and say hello if you are in the vicinity.
We'll be bringing some stock from our current catalogue and some that is not yet online. Look out for a couple of Halloween frocks, an original Carnaby Street mod nehru jacket (in all its floral glory!) and some over the top 80s gowns.
And prepare to be amazed by Arthur's new 'Lurch' look? All he needs now is a makeover from the talented Sandra Cormack who will also be exhibiting at the fair.
Hope to see some of you tomorrow and remember to donate generously to Help for Heroes.
Halloween is fast approaching and we have been helping some of our customers put together unique vintage outfits for their upcoming parties.
From movie icon Marilyn Monroe, Marion Crane (Psycho) Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Jackie Kennedy and Mad Men 60s style, to Abigail's Party 70s fashion and Alex Drake's 80s style, with a few mods, punks and rockers thrown in, dressing up is as popular as ever.
Arthur, our vintage male mannequin, may well have seen better days, but since we rescued his constituent parts from the back of a junk shop some years ago, we have become quite attached to him. We thought he should be officially introduced to our readers in time for Halloween, which is when he really comes into his own.
What with his broken hand and the damage to his bodywork, not to mention that hair, his modelling assignments are generally limited these days to punk themed character shots.
Come Halloween, however, dressed in black and positioned menacingly in the shadows behind our front window, he is scary enough to deter even the most determined trick-or-treaters .
Not that we have anything against the traditional Scottish ‘guisers’ who sing songs or tell stories in exchange for a few sweets or other treats, but we aren't quite so sympathetic when it comes to bare-faced extortion!