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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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Kate has an Armand Marseille bisque head with brown hair and brown eyes. She is wearing a green taffeta striped afternoon gown with a cream lace jabot and collar. To accompany this, she has brown velvet slippers, and in her hair, she wears a tortoise-shell comb with green brilliants. Her entire costume was adopted from a Peterson's Magazine piece called "Costume Through the Ages" by Mary Evans. For modern people, it is sometimes hard to understand what is meant by an afternoon gown, or a morning gown (which has less to do with the time of day than one might think)....
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Leonie has a Simon & Halberg bisque head with brown hair and brown eyes double-check eyes. She wears a patterned brocade coat with green braid and tassels trimming; this material was hand-woven on a loom in France and Mrs. Gray paid an import duty of ten dollars in the 1940s in order to use it for this costume. It incorporates metallic thread creating a raised pattern in the silk material. The word brocade comes from the Spanish brocado, similar to the Italian broccato; both drive from the original Latin word broccus for projecting, a reference to its raised pattern. The green satin skirt has the turkey back...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Simon & Halberg
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Louise has a German bisque head and a kid body, with brown hair and blue eyes. She is wearing clothing based upon a chapter on the French settlers of Louisiana in the History of American Costume. Clearly, this would have been her holiday best, given the relative expense involved in wearing batiste and cotton fabrics, which were far more expensive than wool. Her outfit begins with a French batiste chemise over which she wears a yellow cotton skirt and laced bodice (possibly eliminating the need for a corset) trimmed with black embroidery. A further touch of fancy is added by a French batiste apron. Because it is a...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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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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