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Adah has a German bisque head with auburn hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a pink faille silk afternoon dress with three large tiers over a hoop skirt. In 1856, dressmakers introduced a device using circles of watch spring steel protected by rubber riveted to vertical tapes, creating "hoop skirts" without the petticoat material and thereby greater fullness with less weight; by the late 1850s, skirts might be six feet across and measure as much as ten yards around the hem, even more in the case of lightweight materials that could be pleated at the waist. But these skirts could also swing like a bell (and...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Alejandro has a German bisque head and kid body. He wears a wig of yak hair in the cadogan arrangement; this was a wig with a club arrangement of the back hair, a style particularly popular among a group of English fops or dandies of the 1770s known as the Macaronies. It was this group that was commemorated in the satirical lyrics of Yankee Doodle Dandy, in the lines "Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni" implying an American rube come to town and pretending to be a "dandy" or fop. He also wears a solitaire, the thin...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Angela has an Armand Marseille bisque head with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a gold tissue cloth evening gown with an overskirt of green net embroidered in gold and silver. Over this she wears a velvet and georgette crepe cape trimmed in fur. She also wears a georgette and velvet strip cap (not visible in photo) and gold shoes. As day dresses grew progressively shorter during the decade, evening attire stayed long, or occasionally overlaid a shorter skirt with a longer gauzy or lacey overskirt that was full-length. In the 1920s, French couturier Coco Chanel revolutionized the fashion industry by creating...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Anne has a Simon Halberg bisque head with a yak hair wig (see previous descriptions of wigs with 1728 - Manuela and 1755 - Francoise) and brown eyes. She wears a colonial dress of purple and print silk (print indicates that the pattern was hand-printed with wooden blocks on the silk rather than woven into it). This was probably a walking dress as they tended to be deliberately shorter. The drawn-up portion of the skirt is known as a polonaise, a mode that resembled a milkmaids tucked up skirts and was popularized by Marie Antoinette when she pretended she was a "peasant" tending her sheep in her...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Simon & Halberg
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Annie has an Armand Marseille bisque head with blond hair and blue eyes. She is dressed like the businesswoman she was in a tailored rose wool suit with a black satin lined bolero jacket, white tailored shirtwaist, and full skirt trimmed in black embroidery. Atop her head, she wears a natural straw tailored sailor hat trimmed with black ribbon and beneath her skirt black hose and shoes. As the move to female emancipation intensified, the waistline was raised slightly above its natural placement and the s-shape abandoned. Instead, women now wore the emancipation or liberty bodice which offered them the...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Armand has a German bisque head, brown hair, and brown eyes. He is wearing a grey sack coat, a style that appeared around 1850. The sack coat was boxy in outline and the sleeve had increased in girth from previous fashions; in short, it was looser and more comfortable than the tighter clothing popular earlier in the century. In contrast to the overall roominess of the coat, the size of the collar and lapels decreased, while the coat itself closed much higher than frock coats. Trousers also become easier in cut; in this case, they are made of black and white checked flannel. The pant leg was...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Augusta has a German bisque head with blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a white batiste and lace graduation dress, like the one she would have worn when she graduated from the Female Academy in Memphis. This particular gown is an exact scale replica of an original graduation gown of the period that was donated to Gray and Blumenstiel by the wife of a judge for the collection. Its style is slightly old-fashioned, as befits not only the basically conservative nature of graduation, but also the fact that Louisiana and the U.S. in general would have been somewhat...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Beth has a German bisque head with a yak hair wig (see earlier entries on wigs) and blue eyes. She wears a gown of printed cotton with a flower pattern in a closed robe a la anglaise with panniers. A robe a la anglaise, unlike a robe a la francaise, was fitted to the waist in the back. Many of these robes were rather low in front, so they filled in with a dcolletage of lace or a lace ruffle fastened around the neck, almost like the 17th century neck ruffs. Panniers were worn slighter lower on the hip and extended farther out from side to side...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Brigitte has a German bisque head with brown hair and eyes. By this time, the empire style was in full swing. Dresses were usually filmy and/or clingy, made of gauzy muslin, or clinging silk or satin like Brigittes gown of white satin. Often, they were virtually transparent; Jane Austen once wrote to her sister, Mrs. Powlett was at once expensively and nakedly dressd. Women wore thin fabrics like muslin with only light stays, if any, and only a chemise beneath, which they sometimes dampened to more closely reveal the body. These lightweight dresses were referred to as frocks, a term for a lightweight dress that buttoned down the...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Caroline has an Armand Marseille bisque head, brown hair and brown eyes. She wears an ivory satin evening gown adapted from an original gown of the actual period. The gown features a cream lace and moire' taffeta tiered panel front with hand-embroidery and a cream-colored lace jabot. The bunched up folds at the side of the skirt were another replay of the polonaise style, but also reflected "aesthetic dress", a looser style of apparel championed by the Pre-Raphaelites among others. She wears the pointed "v" bodice typical of the period and the elaborate trim, swags, and layers are common contemporary elaborations as well....
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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