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Madeleine has a German bisque head with blonde hair and blue eyes. Her dress is of the same plain dark brown wool as Simons suit, but she has some pretense to fashion in her adaptation of the popular new pointed front bodice. Her accessories include a white linen cap, collar, and cuffs. She also wears black cotton stockings and leather shoes with buckles. The working dress of 18th and very early 19th century women consisted of a cotton or linen bedgown, a petticoat, and an apron. The bedgown was usually a loose wrapping piece worn over a wool or linen petticoat and secured around the waist by the...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Manuela has a Simon Halberg German bisque head and brown eyes. Her wig is made from yaks hair as many of the powdered wigs of the period tended to be (yak hair was coarser and so would hold a style longer, plus hold up better under the weight of the flour used to powder it). It is relatively simple, though wigs became far more elaborate later in the 18th century. While wigs were popular throughout the 17th century, it wasnt until the 1690s that it became common to powder them; it became a style that lasted until the French Revolution and may have played a role in...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Simon & Halberg
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Margaret has a German bisque head, blonde hair, and brown eyes. She is wearing a green printed damask coat in the style known as a greatcoat - full length with a fitted waist, wide sleeves, a broad collar, and a short cape attached over the shoulders. New and heavier fabrics became popular in the 1830s and 1840s, and more layers were added. Now women added a camisole over the corset and several layers of petticoats to add fullness to their skirts, sometimes included a wadded, quilted petticoat. They also sometimes achieved more fullness by adding six to eight inches of...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Marguerite has an Armand Marseille bisque head, black hair in the catagon style (see Judith - 1785) and blue eyes. She is wearing a dark blue cloth redingote. The redingote was a fashion innovation from England in the 1780s; it was influenced by the masculine redingote (a type of overcoat originally intended as a riding habit) and was tailored, trim, and efficient looking. For women, it tended to assume the role of an overdress, or occasionally a wrap. It was full length with a deep collar and wide lapels, often double-breasted as seen here. As such it was the ancestor of todays womens coats. Judith also wears...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Marie has a German bisque head, blonde hair, and blue eyes. Her costume was adapted from The Story of Louisiana, written by Maurice Thompson in 1888. She wears a purple woolen skirt with a white batiste chemise, cap, and apron. Over her chemise, she has a woven bodice that is laced in front and which may have stood in for a corset in this instance. The colors chosen are typical of the vegetable dyes produced during the period. She also wears woolen stockings and colonial leather shoes with buckles. During this fashion era, aprons were not an emblem of domestic service, but a fashion accessory worn by...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Martha has a German bisque head with Titian hair and blue eyes. She wears a beige wool afternoon suit with brown military braid trim. Her shoulder cape, attached to her short jacket with side points, has three-tiers and a brown taffeta lining. With this, she wears a navy blue velour hat with beige and peach ostrich plumes and beige and brown boots. An underdress of brown watered taffeta shows beneath the jacket and skirt. During the 1890s the trend turned toward tailored ensembles, or "suits", as women began to earn wages and needed clothing that provided a professional air. Wool...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Mary has a German bisque head with brown hair and blue eye and a horsehair body with curved arms. Though hers eventually became one of the leading families of Louisiana, she started life as a working woman and her costume reflects that. Because of the revolution still raging in France, few fabrics and other imports were available and so clothing became simpler in any case during this period. There was an actual ban on silk and velvet, and most costumes were made of linen or cotton. Mary wears a gown of brown calico, a printed cotton (meaning the pattern is printed on the cloth rather than woven...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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1833 Matilda Matilda wears the typical attire of a middle class woman in the 1830s, a flowered cotton chintz morning dress with full skirt and sleeves. The rise of textile factories meant that patterned fabrics were now woven rather than printed. Her gigot sleeves, sometimes also called leg o mutton sleeves, helped create a broad profile at bust and hip with a narrow waist the hour-glass figure that became the ideal for women. To achieve this, women tightly laced their corsets and wore multiple layers of petticoats. To pull their laces tight and because almost all female clothing fastened...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: C.M. Bergman
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Micaela has a J.D. Kester bisque head with black hair and brown eyes. She wears a red velvet walking dress with a deep black lace bertha joined by three jeweled buttons. This dress continued the hourglass look that had become popular in the late 1830s. In 1837, Queen Victoria came to the throne and fashion became much more rigid in terms of what was permitted, if not in terms of using common sense. The queen did take one step in the right direction when her bootmaker created a low boot with elastic insets at the side for her; these became known as gaiters and were an important...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Minnie has an Armand Marseille bisque head with brown hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a turquoise taffeta dress trimmed with yellow embroidered lace. The dress has a shirred yoke and three-quarter puffed sleeves. To complete her outfit, she wears brown satin slippers. Lace remained popular during this period, but some people, particularly those too poor for the finer hand-made laces, created a vogue for Irish crochet lace, similar to that we see on Minnie. The second great wave of Irish immigration was taking place during this period, symbolized by Annie Moore, who at age 14, became the first...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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