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Jacques has a German bisque head, with brown hair and blue eyes. According to Mrs. Gray, "The style of this costume in detail is that of the hunter/trapper of the Louisiana region." The buckskin Jacques is wearing is hand-tanned deerskin which was actually tanned by Native Americans and which Mrs. Gray was able to get through family contacts. Jacques also wears a muskrat cap; muskrats, which favor aquatic habitats and love to feed on both rice and crayfish, were common in Louisiana and often hunted for their fur. Along with his moccasins, also of deerskin, Jacques wears green wool knitted socks. Prior to the invention of the cotton...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Jean has a Simon & Halberg bisque head with brown hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a black satin jacket with embroidery that is a scale replica of an original of the period that was donated to Gray and Blumenstiel for the collection. With it she wears a salmon velvet asymmetrically tiered skirt and a green felt hat with a salmon colored veil and ostrich feathers. She also carried a reticule that matches her jacket. This was the period of the famous "Gibson Girl", made popular through the advertisement drawing of Charles Gibson, who maintained the heavy bust line...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Simon & Halberg
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Josephine has a German bisque head with brown hair and brown eyes. She wears a green satin and velvet suit with a "peg top" satin draped skirt. The back of her skirt has a pleated insert to give her more freedom of movement. Her jacket is in the dolman style with fur trim. In addition, she has fur trim on her hat and carries a fur muff. With these she wears black shoes. The peg top initially became popular in 1908 when there was a revival of an earlier men's style of peg-top trousers. Women later wore those loose-topped trousers as...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Josie has a German bisque head with brown hair and blue eyes. She wears an aigrette of birds of paradise feathers as an ornament in her hair, though the Audubon Societies were rapidly driving these from style in order to protect rare species of birds. For her evening of entertainment, Josie wears a gold woolen cloth evening cape with a tiered collar. The cape is decorated with gold ball embroidery on net trim. Under the cape, she wears an evening gown of gold metallic lace over a petticoat of cream-colored taffeta with stripes of green and rose. And to demonstrate her successful career, Josie also...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Judith has a German bisque head with blonde hair and blue eyes. Following the French Revolution, powdering the hair went rapidly out of style and wigs were no longer widely worn except in certain conservative institutions like, for example, the British court system. Looser, naturally colored curls become the most popular hair style; Judith's hair is styled in the cadogan style, clubbed at the back and loose at the sides.. She is wearing a new style called the caraco gown, which creates the effect of a small bustle by using a peplum that extends in back over a cul de Paris (see Henriette 1780). Her gown...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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