31 May 2011

Frock Lovin

I came across this delightful book 'A Life in Frocks' by Kelly Doust. The cover caught my eye while I was searching for another book in the bio section.
I enjoyed it a lot so I wanted to share it with you!

I know they say don't judge a book by its cover but I think most of us who live in a world where we care about aesthetics, would say that we do. Of course I have books I've bought because they're a classic or you've heard it was good but for books you have never heard of, it's fair to say we judge the covers.

I was drawn to the book by the cute illustrations by Zoe Sadokierski, on both covers and throughout the book.
I love how the dust cover is covered in items of clothing and then when you take it off, the hard cover has pieces of lingerie. 

A Life in Frocks is about the 'divine obsession'- a woman's love for clothes. In particular, it is a personal, entertaining, joyous and seductive exploration of the significance of clothes, filtered through one woman's lifelong sartorial infatuation.

'There's more to fashion than pretty frocks. Kelly Doust flicks through a wardrobe of memories conjured up by her favourite and not so favourite outfits to discover what makes us fall in love with clothes. Delightful and charming, with a sprinkling of sound fashion advice.' - Kirstie Clements, Editor-in-Chief Vogue Australia

As soon as I read this on the back cover...I knew I had found a book I would love. If you love clothes, I suggest you read this book.

'A Life in Frocks' is a memoir which I think made me enjoy it even more because the stories are real experiences, rather than being a fiction novel. Kelly Doust goes through various items of clothing that have meant something to her and tells her stories of them. Along the way she also gives bits of great fashion and life advice.

I think the reason I enjoyed the book so much is because from page one, I could relate to Kelly and her obsession with clothing. Especially the way we change our clothing to be seen the way we want at that specific time.

Here's a few more illustrations by Zoe Sadokierski that appear throughout the book.

Coco Chanel and her iconic quote.

Alexander McQueen jacket and shoes

Kelly's description of the little black dresses from her wardrobe - the ex debutante, the flirt, the retro queen, the kook, subtle chic.

Images of the much loved Sass and Bide Futuregrand spring/summer 2010 collection which you can view here.


  1. These pictures are really pretty, makes me want to learn how to paint with watercolours! Actually you know what...I think I will learn! What are two month uni holidays for if not getting inspired to take up new hobbies from lovely blog posts like yours...

    I think I'll have to get my hands on this book too, I love reading about people's clothing and the memories they have on them. I think that's more interesting than someone telling you the do's and don't's of fashion!

    Cute post as always Maddie x x x


  2. thanks so much darl. I've always wanted to be able to draw like this..if only I had skill.
    I'm sure you'll pick it up easily. look forward to seeing them in your blog in the future haha.
    wow 2 months! thats a great break, you can get heaps done.

    I bought my copy at angus and robertson at the glen before it closed down but I'm sure you could search online to see what places in melbourne have it in stock :)
    you're right about a lot of fashion books being about the do's and don'ts..I like that Kelly seems like she doesnt have many 'fashion rules' and wears what she loves at the time x

  3. hey! thanks for your comment x

    ive read this book. its so nice.

    cat x


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