Author(s): Kelly Doust
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 on 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 personality through clothes. She buys far too many glossy magazines, puzzles over how she can spend half her life shopping, and yet still find herself standing in front of a vast rack of outfits each morning, despairing that she has 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, thoughts, fantasies and conversations with other women, A Life in Frocks is a book for those who love clothes and find fashion beguiling, fickle and fabulous. Key points: Kelly is an engaging author who has a strong following on her blog: thecraftyminx.com.au; a personal, entertaining, joyous - and seductive - exploration on the significance of clothes, filtered through one woman's life-long sartorial infatuation; lively text supported by bold line illustrations in full colour
For the better part of a decade, Kelly Doust worked in book publishing and public relations in Sydney, Hong Kong and London, and as a freelance writer on the side. She has been a regular contributor to Vogue Magazine, writes for Australian Women's Weekly and has written for Dazed & Confused, The South China Morning Post's Lifestyle section and various other magazines and newspapers in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. She is the author of the books The Crafty Minx and The Crafty Kid, and her short stories and poetry have been published in a number of collections.