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Carrie has a German bisque head with brown hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a navy blue georgette suit with navy shirred braid trim. According to the notes, she is wearing a taffeta cape with this, but I do not see it in the photograph. With it she wears a navy blue straw hat and accompanying veil and black satin high boots. After the war, skirts remained shorter than before, but dresses took on a tubular design known as a "barrel line". They were cylindrical with a boyish bust. To achieve the look, many women began to wear "flatteners"...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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There seem to be some discrepancies between the way the doll's costume is described in Mrs. Gray's notes and the actual doll. Catherine has a German bisque head with red hair and brown eyes. According to the notes she is wearing a silver and gold embroidery evening dress, augmented with yellow tissue cloth. She is also supposed to have pearl hair ornaments, gold and pearl earrings, and a pearl necklace; none of these are evident and she has a white cape on her head which is not included in the notes and would not seem to go with the costume....
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Cayetana has a German bisque head, Titian red hair, and blue eyes. She's wearing a green wool pelisse. The pelisse was essentially an English version of the French redingote, somewhat less masculine in its orientation. By this time, skirts were beginning to widen out again, as you see in her pelisse. A lace "betsie", a type of ruffled collar used to raise the neckline, is worn around her neck. Beneath the pelisse, she wears a cream-colored dress over a yellow tafeta petticoat. Sleeves are still full at the shoulder and tight at the wrist. Like Brigitte (1810), Cayetana wears...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Celeste has a German bisque head with black hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a coat in the new empire style popularized during the reign of Napoleon. The science of archaeology was just being born and fresh excavations had been made of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman ruins with pottery and paintings reflecting the dress of the classical period. This was reflected in contemporary fashion by Leroy, the famous dressmaker to the Empress Josephine who created flowing gowns of soft material belted just under the bosom. These long, high-waisted coats in what became known as the empire style were introduced as a variation on the redingote; they usually...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Celine has a Simon & Halberg bisque head with brown hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a white lace over white satin wedding dress with a "v" waist bodice and a full skirt over a hoop skirt, or cage crinoline. The cage crinoline added strips of cane or whalebone inserted in casing to a crinoline petticoat, allowing the wearer to dispense with several petticoats while creating an even greater fullness at the bottom of the skirt. Celine also wears a veil trimmed with pearls and flowers, white stockings, and white satin slippers. Her dress is trimmed with pearls and she wears a pearl brooch, along with...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Simon & Halberg
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Claudine has an Armand Marseille bisque head with a yak wig as per the aristocracy of the time and blue eyes. She wears a pink Watteau gown (robe a la francaise) with pleats trimmed with purple velvet bows and braid trim over a cream lace underskirt probably a combination of a lace corset and petticoat. During this period, bell-shaped petticoats with small whalebone hoops began to be popular among the well-to-do. The overgown or robe was put on over the petticoat and the bows you see at the waist attached it to the corset. The Watteau back had resumed its popularity (now called after the famous...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Eliza has a German bisque head with blonde hair and blue eyes. She wears a two-piece pink and green striped two-piece taffeta dress. The rather startling colors reflect the popularity of the aniline dyes made from coal tar that first appeared during the 1850s. These created bright, unusual colors that can strike the modern viewer as garish. It's important to remember that these colors were being seen under gaslight, which is softer than electric light and also adds a yellow glow - consequently, they wouldnt have appeared the same to the Victorians. The top is a fitted basque (a type of tight-fitted bodice) with brown silk brain...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Elizabeth has a kid body and a J.D. Kester bisque head with blonde hair and brown eyes. She wears a Princess gown of rose taffeta covered with black lace. Her dress includes a fitted jacket with the leg o'mutton sleeves popular during the period and the extremely gored skirts that were the height of fashion at the time. Elizabeth also wears a black felt hat with a black veil and rose-colored ostrich plumes and black satin buttoned boots. Lace remained a fashion staple during this period, particularly as a means of emphasizing the bosom, while the width across the shoulder and bosom...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: J.D. Kester
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Eugenia has an Armand Marseille bisque head with Titian hair and brown eyes. The notes say she is wearing a "Gabriel"; I have not been able to find this term in any books on fashion, or anywhere online. The notes do not provide her source for the information. So I'm guessing a little. She is wearing a peach taffeta and lace Gabriel and cape over a hoop skirt. It is trimmed in the still popular braid, this time in black, and has buttons down the entire length of the center front. Hoops continued to be broad in the 1860s...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Frances has a German bisque head with blond hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a black velvet suit trimmed with Persian lamb collar and cuffs and a black felt tricorne hat that is similarly fur-trimmed. Her boots are of beige kid. With the outbreak of World War I in 1914, women forever abandoned the hobble and peg-top skirts that hampered movement, choosing a design that was shorter and fuller, flaring at the hem. This simplified attire gave women freedom of movement as they filled places in industry while men were at war. Many women, in fact, began to wear...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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