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Salome has an Armand Marseille bisque head with brown hair and brown eyes. By 1820, the neo-classical style was over. Sleeves and skirts both became very full. Sleeves moved toward what was called the gigot style, the upper portion very full, but becoming tighter below the elbow. As skirts became more bell-shaped, corsets and also a small version of the bustle came back into style. The new shape of the skirt also led some women to begin to adopt drawers for warmth and modesty. Colors tended to be brighter and livelier than in the empire style. Therefore, Salome is wearing a yellow printed cotton underskirt under...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: J.D. Kester
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Simon has a German bisque head with black hair and brown eyes. He is an Acadian gentleman and wears the clothing associated with that ethnicity in the mid-18th century. This consists of a dark brown wool suit and cape with separate white linen cuffs and broad collar. He has a leather belt with a silver buckle, which would have been a sign of someone beginning to accumulate wealth, as would the steel buckle on his black felt broad-brimmed hat. He has green wool stockings and black leather shoes. His dress reflects the somberness of conservative lower middle-class fashion of the time as well as a particularly Acadian...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Sophie has a German bisque head with auburn hair and brown eyes. She wears a green evening suit that includes a metallic brocade jacket of old green and a green draped skirt. This is accompanied by a black velvet hat trimmed with yellow roses, gold ribbon, and black veiling. Throughout the 1880s, the bodice and upper portions of women's costumes continued to be ever more tight fitting to emphasize the silhouette, while the skirts became ever more elaborate in the rear, the bustle increasing in size and the back of the skirts at their most extended, or distended, depending on the outlook....
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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Suzanne has a Simon & Halbert Germany bisque head with a yak hair wig (see 1728 Manuela for more information on yak hair wigs). She has blue eyes. It does seem that Suzanne was born to well-to-do parents, had a not-inconsiderable dowry, and chose a husband who proved able to support her in a style that would have made this fashion possible. She is wearing a flowered Watteau morning sacque over a petticoat of the same material. A sacque was a dress that hung uninterruptedly from the shoulders in front and back, sort of resembling a tent (though a tent with ruffles). Sacques were often worn as...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Simon & Halberg
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William has an Armand Marseille bisque head, brown hair and brown eyes. He wears a black cutaway coat, which extends to the waist in front, then "cuts away" to tails in the back, hence the term "cutaway coat"; this was the most common coat for daily wear during the period. The notes say he is wearing a white waistcoat, but that is not evident in the photograph. His shirt would have been the conditional use is because I have nothing in Mrs. Gray's notes to verify this; it is speculation based on research about the period cotton, the finest of which were a finely woven type close...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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Zilpha has an Armand Marseille bisque head with auburn hair and blue eyes. Her evening dress comes from an article called "The Conservatory" in Petersons Magazine in June of 1879. It is a purple velvet gown in the new princess line with a black lace overlay. The princess line extended the slender line that became popular in the early 1870s and created a bit of a tubular silhouette. To produce the right physique, a new corset was introduced and less underwear worn. The front of the skirt and/or bodice had tapes inside enabling them to be pulled closer to the...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
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