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 life-long sartorial infatuation.
For as long as she can remember, Kelly Doust has been passionate about
clothes. They are her first, and most enduring, love affair to date.
Like the vast majority of women, she adores the playfulness of fashion
and its endless ability to transform. She loves the ritual and drama of
getting dressed, assuming different identities in different outfits and
exploring the many facets of her personality. She buys far too many
glossy magazines, and puzzles over how she can spend half her life
shopping and yet still find herself with nothing to wear. Over the
years, clothes have comforted her, given her confidence, lured lovers,
made her invisible, secured jobs, aged her and given back her youth.
And yes, they have betrayed her.
A beautifully illustrated mix of memoir, philosophies and fantasies, A
Life in Frocks is a book for those who love clothes and find
fashion beguiling, fickle and fabulous.
About The Author
Kelly Doust has been
scouring flea markets and charity stores for vintage fashion, fabrics
and homewares from her early teens, and making and reinventing things
in her own trial-and-error way since she was a girl. Her favourite
things, in no particular order, are tea, clothes, friends, home,
crafternoons, and her husband and daughter. Before writing The
Crafty Minx, The Crafty Kid and Life in Frocks,
Kelly worked in book publishing and public relations in Sydney, Hong
Kong and London, and as a freelance writer. She is a regular
contributor to Australian Women’s Weekly and Vogue.
'An enchanting musing on a much-loved wardrobe and the emotional significance of a lifelong sartorial obsession.' - Vogue Australia