By: Louise Verity

Publication Date: April 2010


In a disused railway tunnel lives Pollyhester, dressmaker to the stars. Celebrities dream of Pollyhester’s designs, teased out of ancient recycled fabrics and her wonderous imagination. But when Fashion Dictators change the fashion, celebrity Iverna makes extraordinary demands on poor Pollyhester. She summons her loyal helpers, who include a fallen dancing angel, a lovesick Viking motorcycle courier and a host of sinister spiders, to save the day.

Beautifully illustrated, and simply told, this enchanting tale will captivate both young and old.

Customer reviews:

‘The illustrations are what make Pollyhester stand out. Louise Verity is a creator and imaginator par excellence. The story is an eccentrically delicious blend of Louise’s personal experience with a fictionalised story into the really true landscape of fashion, celebrity and body image. I will treasure my signed copy as I know that this book is one of a kind.’ Mrs Ann K. Scott

‘An original and charming book – wonderful illustrations that really are fun and different. Perfect to give as a present and one which both the child and the parent will enjoy!’ N.Martin.

‘Louise Verity has created a beautiful book. The illustrations that fill every page are so detailed and colorful, they sweep you up and carry you down to the train tunnel and in to Pollyhester’s world. The story and characters are nutty but inspiring, this is a perfect book for parents to raise the subject of the fashion world and its obsessions with their children.’ Kitty Lyddon

‘This is a must have book/read for anyone who loves fashion and the satirizing of its obsessions! Wonderful and original illustrations, too.’ Bear Flatt


Louise Verity is an artist, costume designer, creator and imaginator par excellence. Her costume work has appeared in productions far and wide with clients from Iron Maiden to Michael Jackson. She lives in France.



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Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 215 × 300 mm
Publication Date

April 2010


Hardback with illustrations, 153pp