Fashion Dolls

FASHION DOLLS INFORMATION

Before newspapers and mechanical means of printing, the French used their large  dolls to advertise the latest fashions. The doll was used to popularize French fashion abroad. From the 14th century, elaborately outfitted dolls were sent from France to all the courts of Europe, so that royal ladies could have the latest fashions copied right down to the last detail, including the underwear. The clothes would be an exact copy of what the most fashionable ladies would be wearing including the hair. These fashion dolls were considered so important that even wars could not stop them from being dispatched and special passes were given to ships carrying them. These dolls were mainly life size although a few were half life size.

When Henry IV of France was about to marry Marie de Medici as his second wife, he sent her several model dolls “as samples of our fashions”, presumably to impress her with the desirability of life at the French court.

The great age of the Fashion doll was the eighteenth century, when European travel became freer, and numerous small continental courts sprang up and flourished, with consequent demands upon the wardrobes of their great ladies. It became the fashion for ladies to own a pair of dolls, one dressed en grand toilette, and the other en déshabille Pandore respectively, and were the subject of every extravagant whim of stylish dressing: hats, dresses, shoes, elaborate hair-styles and a great deal of miniature beads and jewellery.

These Pandoras were sent out by French fashion houses to England, Germany, Spain and Italy in order to exhibit the details of their dress, and sometimes for the details of their coiffure alone.

As their importance grew, the Pandoras came to be known as “poupées de la Rue de Saint-Hororé, or even les grands courriers de la mode.

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In 1790, the English invented a new type of Fashion doll, whose popularity lasted throughout the 19th century. It was the flat card or stiffened paper doll figure, onto which could be attached a series of different dresses. Originally they were made about eight inches high and sold for about three shillings, which made them far more economical than the elaborate life-size figures.

The later French doll, now known as a “French fashion doll”, had nothing to do with publicising of French fashions abroad but was just a beautiful, luxury doll, although sometimes it may have been used for display in shop windows.

Between 1955 and 1964, a German company called Bild-Zeitung produced a fashion doll based on a cartoon character, called Lilli. The doll was named the Bild Lilli Doll. It was this doll which inspired an American business woman, Ruth Handler, to create the Barbie doll for Mattel, Inc. It was when Mattel acquired the rights to the Bild Lilli doll in 1964, that Lilli stopped being produced.

In 1963, a rival to Barbie sprung up in the UK. She was called Sindy and was the product of Pedigree Dolls & Toys. Between 1968 to 1970, Sindy was the best selling toy in the UK which was partly due to her “girl next door” look. However, when attempts were made to introduce her to the American market, she was changed to look more American and it was hard to compete with the already successful Barbie. Sindy was relaunched in the UK in 1999.

In 1964 the first Palitoy product to be promoted on TV was “Tressy”, the twelve inch teenage fashion doll. She came with a special key which when pushed into her back, enabled her hair to grow or withdraw at will. Her retail price was 30 shillings. Tressy came in various hair colourings including dark brown, platinum blonde and beige with “secret strands of matching hair to lengthen or shorten, to provide different hairstyles”. The doll was sli and attractive with head and arms of hard vinyl, dressed in a sleeveless shift dress of cotton jersey in lemon or turquoise. Tressy soon acquired a young sister called “Toots” with the same growing hair mechanism. She came only with beige hair and wore a pretty white ballet outfit.

In 2001, MGA Entertainment created the Bratz fashion dolls. They have become a rival for Barbie.

 

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