Fashion & Beauty

Fabulous Frocks

A celebration of the dress in all its forms, Fabulous Frocks is sure to fire any fashionista's imagination.

Since Coco Chanel invented the little black dress in 1926 it has become a wardrobe staple. Even considering the many decades it's been since women discovered trousers and separates, many still dream of wearing glamorous gowns. No item of clothing has endured for longer than the dress. 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--yet our fascination with "the frock" has not gone away.

From Mary Quant's mini to Hussein Chalayan's mechanical marvels and Kate Middleton's wedding dress, this stunningly photographed book looks at the dress over a century of fashion.

About The Author

Jane Eastoe has worked as a journalist and author for over 25 years. She is author of Home Grown Fruit and Britain by Bike, published by National Trust Books, and of Pavilion's bestselling Vintage Roses and Peonies. Sarah Gristwood is a bestselling Tudor biographer, former film journalist, and commentator on royal affairs. She is the author of Arbella: England's Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester, as well as the 18th-century story Perdita: Royal Mistress, Writer, Romantic, which was selected as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honororary Patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

  • Publish Date: September 10, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • Trim Size: 8 x 10-1/4
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $24.95
  • CDN Price: $33.50
  • ISBN: 978-1-911624-79-0


'Fabulous Frocks is', almost certainly, the most exquisite book that every woman should have the privilege of owning. The elegance and sophistication of this unique hardback is an inspirational look into one hundred years of the most amazing dresses. In Magazine, 23rd September 2008

Author Bookshelf: Jane Eastoe

Author Bookshelf: Sarah Gristwood