Flower Power

CrocusFloral frocks meant summer for about a hundred years and if they don’t any more they should. Whether you wore them yourself or just have fond memories of your mum and nana wearing them this is the book for you. Floral frocks: a celebration of the floral printed dress from 1900 to today will set you afloat on a sea of summery nostalgia for the days when English ladies ran themselves up a nice print frock before motoring off to the seaside when the seaside wasn’t in Spain. From tiny Laura Ashley sprigs to the huge prints we called ‘psychedelic’ in the ’60s the dresses are all here, most poignantly worn by real women in real snapshots.

The book features dresses from an exhibition called Pick of the Bunch at Bath’s Fashion Museum and while the ladies in it are setting off to Eastbourne and Blackpool it could just as well be the Caroline Bay Carnival as the floral frock was as much a part of summer in the Antipodes as it was at ‘Home’.

2 thoughts on “Flower Power

  1. Mo-mo 8 November 2007 / 1:33 pm

    I had a look at this book the other day and it is fab! I have put a reserve on it.
    Also try saying “floral frocks” quickly. It’s surprisingly difficult.

  2. Elizabeth 9 November 2007 / 6:06 pm

    And if you feel absolutely overcome with the notion of whipping up a frock for yourself, look no further than the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “create a couture inspired dress” (http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1486_couture/create.php). I’m contemplating it, but need to find some fabric first. Well, that, and improve my sewing skills.

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