Tag Archives: 80s

  • Rewind to the 80s

    July 20, 2014

    Mary Poppins vintage luggage

    Mary Poppins vintage luggage helped the moving medicine go down

    This blog post is coming to you via new servers as our landlords moved us without warning on Friday from our previous home, which was apparently showing signs of imminent subsidence!  We suffered some unplanned downtime as our hosts undertook the removal and installed us in our new virtual premises. We had to have our mail redirected, but we seem to have survived the transition relatively unscathed, save for the sheer stress of it all. Those who follow us on Facebook and Twitter will have realised we hadn't just vanished without trace ( we have been paying the rent on time, honest!), and we can only apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced by bouncing mail or 'not found' notices.

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    Anyway, we had been planning to write a bit about the Rewind Festival this weekend, but having been distracted by all of the above, we will just sum it up by saying that the rain has failed to dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of  80s revellers who have converged on Scone Palace in all their neon glory to enjoy a fantastic line up of performers.

    The Frockers meanwhile all arrived in Perth from different directions on Friday evening to enjoy a family curry as Kirstin Frocker is returning to London this weekend. Before she departed, she modelled this fab 80s tan leather pencil skirt topped with a reversible camel and cream coat. Our loss is Urban Outfitters' gain and we miss her lots!

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    By way of apology for our unscheduled disappearance, and in homage to all things new wave, we are offering 15% off everything in our 80s vintage frockery department until the end of July. Just use code REWIND-15 at the checkout and the discount will be applied. We don't have any shell suits in stock, but we have plenty of wearable 80s pieces to choose from that are bound to get you noticed, like this amazing electric blue leather jacket...

    80s new wave electric blue leather jacket

    80s statement black velvet dress with polka dot bow and bustle

    80s black velvet dress with polka dot bow and bustle

    Feminella metallic blouse

    80s metallic blouse

    80s black and gold shoes with comfy low heels

    80s black and gold shoes

    or 80s C&A high heels with bows

    Black leather 80s vintage heels with bows

    How about an 80s vintage Richards bold floral strapless dress?

    80s vintage Richards bold floral strapless dress

    New Wave white vinyl bag

    New Wave white vinyl bag

    or 80s glam silk sequinned evening top?

    80s vintage silk sequinned evening top

    Don't delay, fire up the Quattro and pick up your discount today!

  • Back to Black

    May 10, 2014

    Whatever the occasion, the wardrobe staple that can always be relied upon is the little black dress.

    Looking back over our blog, we wrote in 2007:

    "The little black dress - now known universally by that three letter acronym LBD - is a versatile and timeless classic which can be dressed up or down and worn by women of all ages no matter what the occasion. From breakfast at Tiffany's, through a day at the office and on to the wine bar in the evening, it will never let you down!

    "The LBD first came to prominence in 1926 when Coco Chanel succeeded in bringing black - previously relegated to funeral attire - into the fashion mainstream with a feminine new creation which was quickly adopted by Vogue and has been celebrated by fashionistas ever since.

    "The LBD's appeal is truly universal, and while its various incarnations have made headlines over the decades for fashion icons such as Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Hurley and the late Princess of Wales, its magic somehow manages to make ordinary women look and feel special."

    So going back to black, here is some beautiful black frockery that we have favourited from our current catalogue.

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    Vintage Frank Usher black pleated cocktail dress 

    80s Frank Usher black cocktail dress 80s Frank Usher black cocktail dress

     80s wow factor black cocktail dress

    80s Jaeger black velvet and gold cocktail dress80s Jaeger black velvet and gold cocktail dress

     80s Jaeger black velvet and gold cocktail dress

    Black lace evening coat Black lace evening coat

    Black lace evening coat 

    black halter prom dress

     50s Marilyn style black halter neck prom dress 

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    50s vintage black full length prom dress

    Oh, and don't forget that we also have plenty of frockery accessories and footwear to complement any outfit!

  • Princess Diana's Dresses (and the rest)

    July 17, 2013

    OK, so we admit to being suckers for 80s fashion and could not resist the pull of last night's Channel 4 programme, Princess Diana's Dresses, which documented her fashion ascendancy from shy, awkward teenager sporting stereotypical Sloane Ranger attire to one of the most revered style icons of the 20th century.

    Soon after coming to public and paparazzi attention, Diana ditched her famously transparent Laura Ashley cotton skirts and cutesy tops in favour of a new level of sophistication,  demonstrating a growing confidence and natural ability to rock every type of outfit for every type of occasion, from casual to red carpet.

    Who could forget the black strapless taffeta Emanuel number she wore on her first official outing in 1981 and the accompanying press furore? Coincidentally we have a strikingly similar 80s Bernshaw  dress and matching coat in the stock room at a much more affordable price than the $192000 the original recently raised at auction! When we find it we'll post a picture here. We also have this stunning 80s Emanuel pleated silk blouse that may find its way into the catalogue eventually (if we can bear to part with it).

    80s emanuel silk blouse

    Watching the documentary was like reliving 'our' fashion era and even now we are drawn to alpaca jumpers, Laura Ashley and Liberty prints, hats with feather flourishes and other Diana style vintage pieces which we would have worn ourselves back in the day. We still have many of our own clothes and accessories that were bought in the 80s, some vintage (before it was popuar!) from Kensington, Portobello Road and Camden markets and others actually made in the 80s, including a few designer investment pieces which we are carefully storing for the next generation of frockers.

    Below is one example, a Belville Sassoon black cocktail dress with delicate lace bodice and satin cuffs modelled by Kelly Donaghy and photographed by Oliver Schneider, with hair and make up by SC MakeUp Artistry. Princess Diana wore a similar Belville Sassoon dress in 1989.

    80s black belville sassoon dress

    But there was more to Diana Princess of Wales than just her dresses. Here are a few pieces from the Frockery catalogue that are reminicent of her unforgettable fashion heyday.

    80s does 40s fuchsia dress

    Princess Diana style fair isle jumper


    Brown velvet hat with feathers

    80s Princess Diana style navy dot dress

    Electric blue 80s shoes

    red wool riding jacket with velvet trim

    White 80s tea dress with lace collar

  • Here comes the vintage bride, 80s style

    June 27, 2013

    We think this 80s vintage Ronald Joyce wedding dress, which has just been added to the Frockery catalogue,  is so gorgeous it deserves its own featured post! It is a fabulous fairytale princess designer dress which reminds us of  the inimitable Princess Diana's early 80s style.

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    vintage 80s ronald joyce wedding dress

    vintage 80s wedding dress

    ronald joyce 80s wedding dress

    ronald joyce 80s wedding dress

    ronald joyce 80s wedding dress


    Please visit our Wedding Frockery section for more bridal and special occasion outfits, footwear and accessories.

  • Frockery Collection: 80s red Burberrys raincoat, unworn

    March 27, 2013

    We are big fans of Burberrys here at the Frockery with a selection of trench coats and raincoats from various eras in our personal collection, as well as a few pieces of cashmere. Just occasionally we have to have a cull as our wardrobe walls are not made of rubber and we have to make space for 'new' pieces. We are initiating one such cull this spring before things get out of hand!

    This Burberrys bright red 'Bosbury' trench coat /rain coat dates from the 80s and has been in the chief frocker's wardrobe for far too long. It was destined for her frocker daughter, but it was too big for her as a Burberrys size UK8 (long) and will comfortably fit up to a UK12.  So we are now offering it for sale in the Frockery catalogue priced at £220. Buy it here!

    The single breasted coat is unworn, comes on its original Burberrys branded hanger, with original shop tags and even its original polythene cover, also with Burberrys branding. It has a self belt with leather buckle and the usual quality Burberrys features. Not only that, it comes complete with warm zip in/out nova check lining.  Perfect for year round timeless classic style!

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  • Feminine frockery from Diane Freis

    January 29, 2012

    Diane Freis studied fine art at UCLA in her native of California before turning her talents to fashion design in the mid 1970s, attracting the interest and patronage of numerous Hollywood celebrities, including Diana Ross, with her bespoke beaded jackets and vintage inspired creations.

    Relocating to Hong Kong in the late 70s, she had her distinctive and elaborate designs made up in luxurious fabrics by a skilful and meticulous local workforce. Her beautiful ultra feminine floral and geometric combination print dresses, mainly in georgette but also in silk, quickly proved popular and Freis progressed from owning a single Hong Kong boutique in 1978 to opening her own design, print and manufacturing facility in 1982, producing exclusive ranges of limited edition garments. By the mid 80s she had become a key player on the international fashion stage with celebrity endorsement for her high end bohemian creations.

    Freis’s designs remain essentially easy-to-wear, unashamedly forgiving and figure flattering, which is a boon for the less than perfectly formed amongst us! “Real women gain and lose weight and they do not always conform to magazine standards of beauty”, the designer has always insisted. Thank you for that, Diane!

    We are privileged to feature in our catalogue this stunning new arrival, a distinctive 80s georgette maxi dress with so many of the fabulous hallmarks of Diane Fries design.  In a mainly black and white print, accented with bright fuchsia, teal and yellow, it incorporates lots of romantic detail, including a crystal pleated frill around the neckline and trademark tasselled and beaded neck ties. The shoulders are accentuated with delicate crystal pleated frills and the natural waist is defined by a contrast fuchsia and teal shirred band for a comfortable fit. The skirt is in two complementary contrast prints: black and white to hip level, below which it becomes black and white with colourful leaves and is crystal pleated for added volume and fluidity.

    Buy it now for only £45 and prepare to turn heads!

    Diane Freis 80s dress

    diane freis 80s dress

    diane freis 80s dress

    80s vintage diane freis dress