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Francoise has a German bisque head and blue eyes. As befits a member of the upper class, she wears a powdered wig of yaks hair, with one curl falling over one shoulder. As the century progressed, wigs and hairstyles became more and more elaborate, though few Louisiana ladies could compete with the eccentricities of coiffure popular in the court of Marie Antoinette. Francoise wears a black cloth mantle; mantles and capes were the prevalent forms of outerwear for the 18th century. Slits in the mantle allow the hands to extend, so that we can see her lingerie (most likely from her chemise) sleeves, as Mrs. Gray states, "for...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Genevieve has a German bisque head with brown hair and blue eyes. She is dressed in the holiday costume of a frontier woman. The pattern on her cotton chemise is hand-blocked (an early version of calico); many patterned fabrics were made so by having patterns printed on them by woodblock rather than being actually woven into the material. Over this, she wears a red bodice with black lacings. She also wears a red and black cotton skirt in a typical design of the era, consisting of a front panel which attached to her corset by tapes and an overskirt which would have also tied at the waist....
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Grace has an Armand Marseille bisque head with blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing an Alice blue taffeta walking dress trimmed with blue and gray silk braid over a bustle. Taffeta is a crisp lustrous fabric woven of various fiber, which takes it name from the Persian word taftah, meaning woven. Grace's blue taffeta overdress has a tight bodice, as was popular this period. With it she wears the standing band around her neck that replaced the flat lace collars previously popular. The dress buttons from the throat down to mid--calf length in order to achieve a...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Harriett has a German bisque head with black hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a cream-colored lace over old blue taffeta with a hobble skirt. Around the Empire waistline is a girdle of brilliants. Pink flowers and green leaves decorate the neckline. She also wears a taffeta headband with a pink flower in her hair. With this, she wears purple shoes. No notes on hat. In 1910, Poiret devised a rather exotic evening outfit that included an overtunic which was shaped like a lampshade and fell to the just below the knee. This was worn over a skirt that swathed around the legs. The...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Helen has a German bisque head with brown hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a brown satin ruffled skirt with a fur-trimmed jacket bodice. The notes say that she is wearing a short fur-trimmed cape, but in the photograph that certainly doesn't look like a cape. In addition to fur, her jacket has gold and brown braid at the waist. She wears a belt of gold velvet with a bow in back with long streamers. Her figure echoes the era's ideal woman's shape, a sort of Art Nouveau s-shape. Designer Cecil Beaton later remembered turn-of-the-century women as being: . . . laced...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Henriette has an Armand Marseille bisque head with a yak hair wig (see earlier dolls for information on yak hair wigs) and brown eyes. Wigs are still elaborate as we see with Henriette's wig in bouffant curls tumbling onto her shoulders. Her dress is copied from one in a Gainsborough painting of the period. Panniers had disappeared from the typical dress by this time (though they were still worn for very formal social occasions) as we see in Henriette's green moir and satin gown. Plain full-length fitted sleeves are also first introduced during this period. Skirts are closed, simply and unadorned, with their fullness increased at the...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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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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