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Fabulous Frocks

Fabulous Frocks

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By (author) Sarah Gristwood, By (author) Jane Eastoe

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  • Publisher: PAVILION BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 280mm x 24mm | 1,200g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 190910826X
  • ISBN 13: 9781909108264
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 100 colour and black and white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 308,104

Product description

No item of clothing has endured for longer than the dress. Yet the last century alone has seen the most radical changes of style - hemlines swinging from ankle to thigh; outlines alternating between the body-hugging and the bell - and our fascination with the 'frock' has not gone away. From Gres' draping to Dior's New Look, from Mary Quant's mini to Hussein Chalayan's mechanical marvels, this book looks at the dress in twentieth century fashion. Thematic chapters - Changes, Feminine, Seduction, Must-haves, Fantasy, Classical and Art - set out the inspirations and implications for each new change alongside the stunning photography. It is more than eighty years since Coco Chanel invented the little black dress, but every woman still has one in her wardrobe today. It's decades since women discovered trousers and separates, but every woman dreams of wearing a glorious, glamorous gown at least once, whether it's on a Hollywood red carpet, or just on her wedding day. Fabulous Frocks is a book to fire a fashionista's imagination.

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Author information

Sarah Gristwood is a writer and broadcaster who, in her days as a journalist, interviewed everyone from Martin Scorsese to Giorgio Armani. She is the co-author of Fabulous Frocks, also by Pavilion, and of several best-selling historical biographies: Arbella, Elizabeth and Leicester and Blood Sisters, as well as the historical novel The Girl in the Mirror. Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for 25 years. She has been writing for the National Trust Books list for the last 3 years and was the chief contributor to the National Trust Book of the Countryside, including the regional features. Her other books include Wild Food, Home Grown Fruit and Allotments. She is a softie cyclist, enjoying the Kent countryside, where she lives, on two wheels.

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'A glorious celebration of 100 years of the dress' The Daily Mail