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Frock Collection

"Frock: A Timeless Fashion Statement" Step into the world of fashion through the lens of history

Background imageFrock Collection: Harvey Nichols advertisement, 1953

Harvey Nichols advertisement, 1953
Two friends, wearing extremely similar check cotton dresses in Horrockses fabric, share a joke. Date: 1953

Background imageFrock Collection: Capture The Moment. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)

Capture The Moment. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)
Capture The Moment. Found in the collection of Museo Sorolla, Madrid

Background imageFrock Collection: Lagonda advertisement, 1933 and Idare dress

Lagonda advertisement, 1933 and Idare dress
Advertisement for Lagonda cars, Britains Thoroughbred - the ideal mode of transport for Ascot 1933, while the floral dress is by Eileen Idare of 50 Grosvenor Street. Date: 1933

Background imageFrock Collection: Women outdoors 1881

Women outdoors 1881
Two women in walking dresses at the seaside. 1881

Background imageFrock Collection: Fashions for a Coronation Summer, 1953

Fashions for a Coronation Summer, 1953
A crease-resisting nylon tulle evening dress from Marshall and Snelgrove, one of a quartette of outfits showcased by the Tatler as being perfect for the Coronation summer of 1953

Background imageFrock Collection: Two types of dresses, 1954

Two types of dresses, 1954
On the left, an 1890-inspired party frock in striped taffeta with the stand-up collar, tight bodice, near-crinoline skirt, and steel-buttoned

Background imageFrock Collection: De l utilite de la crinoline pour frauder l octroi (On the usefulness of the

De l utilite de la crinoline pour frauder l octroi (On the usefulness of the crinoline to smugglers), 1857. Private Collection

Background imageFrock Collection: The most beautiful woman in Paris (La plus belle femme de Paris), 1883-1885

The most beautiful woman in Paris (La plus belle femme de Paris), 1883-1885. Found in the Collection of Musee d art et d histoire, Genf

Background imageFrock Collection: An Elegant Soiree

An Elegant Soiree, . Private Collection

Background imageFrock Collection: After the Bath. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)

After the Bath. Artist: Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923)
After the Bath. Found in the collection of Museo Sorolla, Madrid

Background imageFrock Collection: Terrasse a Sainte-Adresse, 1866-1867. Artist: Monet, Claude (1840-1926)

Terrasse a Sainte-Adresse, 1866-1867. Artist: Monet, Claude (1840-1926)
Terrasse a Sainte-Adresse, 1866-1867. Found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageFrock Collection: The Avenger Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, of Gordon

The Avenger Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, of Gordon
THE AVENGER LORD KITCHENER OF KHARTOUM, OF GORDON.Chromolithograph from a photograph by Bassano, 1899.Published by Bassano, London

Background imageFrock Collection: Le Miroir des Modes front cover - art deco woman & goldfish

Le Miroir des Modes front cover - art deco woman & goldfish
Front cover of French fashion magazine, Le Miroir des Modes featuring a woman in a draped red patterned day dress alongside a glass sphere or bowl of goldfish. Date: c.1920

Background imageFrock Collection: Advert for Peter Robinsons mens clothing 1904

Advert for Peter Robinsons mens clothing 1904
Tailored clothing for gentlemen at Peter Robinson s, Oxford Street. Date: 1904

Background imageFrock Collection: Advertisement for Charles Baker & Co.s Store

Advertisement for Charles Baker & Co.s Stores Ltd. - Gentlemen & Boys high-class clothing & outfitting - " Opened to keep pace with the Civil Service Stores" circa 1890s

Background imageFrock Collection: Maypole, Ickwell, Beds

Maypole, Ickwell, Beds
The children of Ickwell, Bedfordshire continue the English tradition of Maypole dancing on the village green as part of their May Day festivities

Background imageFrock Collection: Maypole Dancing, Ickwell

Maypole Dancing, Ickwell
The children of Ickwell, Bedfordshire continue the English tradition of Maypole dancing on the village green as part of their May Day festivities

Background imageFrock Collection: Man & Quizzing Glass

Man & Quizzing Glass
Blue cravat, tartan under- waistcoat, D-B waistcoat with pointed front, grey woollen pantaloons, brown frock coat: gigot sleeves, black lining, roll collar & lapels

Background imageFrock Collection: Two Dressed by Chantal

Two Dressed by Chantal
Two women wear creations by Chantal of Paris - one a woollen serge tailor-made for morning wear, her companion a day frock in two shades of crepe de Rome

Background imageFrock Collection: The Pseudonym and Antonym Libraries, 1895. Artist: Beardsley, Aubrey (1872?1898)

The Pseudonym and Antonym Libraries, 1895. Artist: Beardsley, Aubrey (1872?1898)
The Pseudonym and Antonym Libraries, 1895. From a private collection

Background imageFrock Collection: Advert for Gorringes womens clothing 1928

Advert for Gorringes womens clothing 1928
70th year anniversary offers, smart sultan coat of dull satin, crepe-de-chine printed dress and a elegant coat in crepe-de-chine givree a fascinating mixture of artificial silk and wool. 1928

Background imageFrock Collection: CIVIL WAR: SOLDIER, c1862. Portrait of Captain Jesse Sharpe Barnes, F Company

CIVIL WAR: SOLDIER, c1862. Portrait of Captain Jesse Sharpe Barnes, F Company, 4th North Carolina Infantry. Ambrotype, c1862

Background imageFrock Collection: Interior (Lady with a Hat), 1891 (oil on canvas)

Interior (Lady with a Hat), 1891 (oil on canvas)
3601154 Interior (Lady with a Hat), 1891 (oil on canvas) by Rothenstein, William (1872-1945); 90.7x57.5 cm; Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust, UK; Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust

Background imageFrock Collection: The passion for crossword riddles (colour litho)

The passion for crossword riddles (colour litho)
2777623 The passion for crossword riddles (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: The passion for crossword riddles)

Background imageFrock Collection: Rochers de Guernesey avec personnages (Plage aGuernesey), 1883

Rochers de Guernesey avec personnages (Plage aGuernesey), 1883
Rochers de Guernesey avec personnages (Plage a Guernesey), 1883. Private Collection

Background imageFrock Collection: A kiss for the reflection, 1910s

A kiss for the reflection, 1910s. Private Collection

Background imageFrock Collection: Conversation in the Jardin du Luxembourg, 1892. Artist: Corcos, Vittorio Matteo (1859-1933)

Conversation in the Jardin du Luxembourg, 1892. Artist: Corcos, Vittorio Matteo (1859-1933)
Conversation in the Jardin du Luxembourg, 1892. From a private collection

Background imageFrock Collection: Children in 1864

Children in 1864
Latest Paris fashions for Victorian children, girls from two to eight years of age wearing three quarter length frocks and the older boy wearing knickerbockers. 1864

Background imageFrock Collection: Fashion at Rectors Night Club

Fashion at Rectors Night Club. A model wearing a dance frock shown in Philip Moss Fashion Parade, London, 1923. Long bodiced of pale pink chiffon velvet

Background imageFrock Collection: Society women at Cowes Week 1907

Society women at Cowes Week 1907
During early August, society gathered on the Solent for regattas and royalty. Two women wearing white linen and blue serge sailor styles suits. 1907

Background imageFrock Collection: Advert for Marshall & Snelgrove, fashionable dresses 1933

Advert for Marshall & Snelgrove, fashionable dresses 1933
Two models wearing spring frocks; (left) Beautiful race gown in white organdie and net over crepe-de-chime, detachable frilled cape

Background imageFrock Collection: Royal Wedding 1904 -- Princess Mary as bridesmaid

Royal Wedding 1904 -- Princess Mary as bridesmaid
Princess Mary of Wales (later Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood, 1897-1965), seen here in her bridesmaids dress for the wedding of Princess Alice of Albany and Prince Alexander of Teck

Background imageFrock Collection: Four Men in Top Hats

Four Men in Top Hats
Four men, two seated, two standing, in top hats and with decorations pinned to their lapels, pose for a photograph outside a brick house

Background imageFrock Collection: Frock, Fur & Feather Fan

Frock, Fur & Feather Fan
Narrow tubular shaped dress in an ornate fabric by Worth with a plunging back, beaded straps, fur trimmed hem & a long train attached at the lower back. She holds a large feather fan

Background imageFrock Collection: Silk Topper & Crop 1824

Silk Topper & Crop 1824
Tall silk top hat, pink striped English cravat, single-breasted brown frock coat with roll collar, yellow waistcoat, white strapped trousers & riding crop

Background imageFrock Collection: Garden Party Frock 1913

Garden Party Frock 1913
Garden party dress by Redfern: tubular style tunic dress with batea (boat) neck, hobble skirt & ornamented with lace & tassels. Hat: flat crown, wide brim, large black bow

Background imageFrock Collection: Cover of The Sketch, Christmas number, 1906 (colour litho)

Cover of The Sketch, Christmas number, 1906 (colour litho)
7185906 Cover of The Sketch, Christmas number, 1906 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cover of The Sketch, Christmas number)

Background imageFrock Collection: Costume June 1886

Costume June 1886
Hand-coloured page of the latest Paris fashion of 1886, dinner dresses with drapped swags and flower arrangements, ball dresses with long gloves and fans and traditional garden party frocks

Background imageFrock Collection: Lady with Two Dogs

Lady with Two Dogs. Private Collection

Background imageFrock Collection: Girl on a Divan, ca 1885. Artist: Morisot, Berthe (1841-1895)

Girl on a Divan, ca 1885. Artist: Morisot, Berthe (1841-1895)
Girl on a Divan, ca 1885. Found in the collection of the National Gallery, London

Background imageFrock Collection: Fashion Show, 1921. Artist: Corinth, Lovis (1858-1925)

Fashion Show, 1921. Artist: Corinth, Lovis (1858-1925)
Fashion Show, 1921. Found in the collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections

Background imageFrock Collection: Evening clothing with pearls and lace 1912

Evening clothing with pearls and lace 1912
Fashionable evening clothing using detailed embroidered lace and decorative pearls. 1912

Background imageFrock Collection: The Boy by Fred Thompson with W H Berry

The Boy by Fred Thompson with W H Berry
The Boy, a musical comedy presented by Alfred Butt and written by Fred Thompson and Percy Greenbank. It was first produced at the Adelphi Theatre on 14th September 1917

Background imageFrock Collection: Wartime coupons

Wartime coupons
Don t you worry, no coupons to spare Depicting girl with patched frock on the arm of a military man. Date: 1943

Background imageFrock Collection: Advert for Gorringes inexpensive summer frocks 1929

Advert for Gorringes inexpensive summer frocks 1929
Three charming floral frocks, available from Gorringes. Date: 1929

Background imageFrock Collection: Batgers Crackers

Batgers Crackers
A girl in a yellow party frock and matching hat slides down a staircase on a tea tray while a motley group of revellers in fancy dress cheer her on

Background imageFrock Collection: Grey Top Frock 1909

Grey Top Frock 1909
Sir Maurice Fitzgerald, 20th Knight of Kerry, 2nd Baronet of Valencia, (1844-1916) wears a grey top frock coat over narrow black trousers, a top hat

Background imageFrock Collection: Neva. Les meilleures pour familles et ateliers, c. 1890. Creator: Tamagno, Nicolas (1862-1933)

Neva. Les meilleures pour familles et ateliers, c. 1890. Creator: Tamagno, Nicolas (1862-1933)
Neva. Les meilleures pour familles et ateliers, c. 1890. Private Collection



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"Frock: A Timeless Fashion Statement" Step into the world of fashion through the lens of history. From a Harvey Nichols advertisement in 1953 to capturing moments with artist Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923), frocks have always been at the forefront of style. In a Lagonda advertisement from 1933, an elegant lady showcases her impeccable taste while wearing an Idare dress. Women outdoors in 1881 exude grace and poise as they don their fashionable frocks, embracing nature's beauty. The Coronation Summer of 1953 brings forth fashions fit for royalty. As two types of dresses take center stage in 1954, versatility becomes key - one for daytime elegance and another for evening allure. Transporting us back to the romantic era, a kiss for the reflection captured in the 1910s reminds us that fashion is not just about clothing but also about expressing love and desire. Engaging conversations unfold amidst the enchanting Jardin du Luxembourg in Vittorio Matteo Corcos' masterpiece from 1892. An elegant soiree calls for exquisite frocks that make heads turn and hearts flutter. Sorolla y Bastida's painting "After the Bath" transports us to a serene moment where even after bathing, women remain effortlessly stylish in their chosen frocks. The Avenger Lord Kitchener of Khartoum stands tall and powerful, his attire commanding respect and admiration. Le Miroir des Modes front cover featuring an art deco woman alongside goldfish epitomizes avant-garde fashion merging with artistic expression. Through time and across cultures, frocks have remained timeless symbols of femininity, elegance, and self-expression. They capture our imagination while reflecting our ever-evolving society's tastes and desires.