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Frocking Life


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BillyBoy* (with the asterisk, always!) is a collector, artist, and designer whose creations are part of the permanent collections of the Met Costume Institute and the Musee des Arts de la Mode, among many others. As a collector he is famous for his interest in couture, fashion dolls, and antique dollhouses, and is the owner of the largest collection of Elsa Schiaparelli garments in the world. With his partner Lala he founded the Fondation Tanagra in Switzerland, a non-profit organization that benefits the arts, and works in particular for LGBTQ equality.


Inspired by Shocking Life, Schiaparelli's own memoir, FROCKING LIFE will resonate with anyone who loves fashion and flamboyant storytelling. Built around some of the most iconic pieces ever created by the designer, this book is about endless discoveries, and the meaning that can be transmitted, across decades, by a simple piece of clothing.
--City Book Review

We can't put down FROCKING LIFE: SEARCHING FOR ELSA SCHIAPARELLI by BillyBoy* (Rizzoli Ex Libris). The tome is terrific blend of memoir, fashion history, and insight into the life and work of the legendary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Inspired by Shocking Life, Schiaparelli's own memoir, Frocking Life will resonate with anyone who loves fashion and flamboyant storytelling. Which we love. A great deal.
--Brilliant Magazine

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