Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gene Marshall: Ready for Her Close-up

Gene Marshall

Wearing a gown by Lynne Day and coiffed by the wig maker to the stars Ilaria Mazzoni, Monolithic Studios' darling Miss Gene Marshall is ready for Hollywood's big night.


Gloves and gown, with the bow removed, are from the 2000 Retailer Exclusive Doll "Encore" designed by Lynne Day, circa 1947. Corsage is from "Love After Hours". Fur muff is from "Stolen Moments". All from Ashton Drake. Earrings are from The Couture Touch.

White Orchid Gene Marshall is from JamieShow.

Wig is from Time of Doll.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gene is Mad for Poodles

Gene Marshall 
While on holiday, Miss M is happy to rescue Madra Lord from dog walking as she adores the precocious poodles Mitzi and Fifi. Gene wears the form-fitting sheath from Madra's "Mad About Mitzi" costume designed by Vince Nowell, circa 1955. Accessories include the corsage from "Love After Hours" and handbag from "Moments to Remember". All from Ashton Drake. White leather gloves are from Integrity. Earrings are from Robert Tonner. Hat is from Sandra Stillwell.

Love at First Sight Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall's hairstyle is updated with poodle bangs courtesy of a "transplant" from a damaged reproduction Barbie doll. OK...this might be my strangest recycling effort yet. But Gene approves of her new coif. The poodle was a popular hairstyle of the 1940's and 50's. The hallmark of this hairstyle was the tightly curled bangs. The remainder of the hair could be styled into an up do or left long with the ends curled (my personal favorite).

Frances Langford, circa 1940's
Courtesy of Butterfly Loves Snapdragons' half poodle hairstyle tutorial

Gene Marshall

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Red and Black Valentine's Day

Two completely different looks for that special day modeled by the stars of Monolithic Studios. Miss Gene Marshall opts for whimsy in a distinctive daytime ensemble, while Miss Madra Lord chooses a glorious cocktail dress perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

Star Entrance Gene Marshall
A delightfully playful hat tops a uniquely shaped black gabardine suit guaranteed to turn heads. Suit, gloves, and earrings are from Ashton Drake. Hat and waist corsage are from The Couture Touch.

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord
A chic 1950's bubble dress gets the couture treatment with the addition of a black satin band at the hemline. Dress is from Ashton Drake. Gloves and jewels are from Integrity. Cigarette holder is from Mystyna. Hat is from The Couture Touch.

Christian Dior, 1959

Star Entrance Gene Marshall is from Integrity.
Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord is from JamieShow.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Queen of the Dance

From 50's Rumba to 40's Swing

Gene Marshall
The Couture Touch pays homage to Tim Kennedy's Madra Lord costume "Rio Rumba", circa 1956. Keeping the chevron stripes and those marvelous cap sleeves, the original dress is re-interpreted as a 1940's swing-style ensemble. Ashton Drake's Queen of Hearts Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity, is ready to dance the night away. Shoes and handbag are from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. 

Rio Rumba
Photo courtesy Gene Marshall Wiki

Photo courtesy Hemline Quarterly
Not only is Miss Marshall revered as the Queen of Hearts, but also Queen of the Dance.

Gene Marshall

Thursday, January 26, 2017

She Wore Flowers in Her Hair

What's the perfect finishing touch to those fabulous forties hairstyles?  A strategically placed flower of course!  Flowers adorning the hair were not just for the beach. Floral hair accessories became a fashion staple with day wear as well as evening wear. During the turbulent war years, they livened the spirit and boosted morale.

Photo courtesy

Make Do & Mend Ideas from 1943 includes how to make a dark suit dashing with flowers.
Courtesy Tuppence Ha'Penny

For 59 cents you could purchase matching clip earrings to go with your hair accessory!
Catalog reprint courtesy

Hollywood stars embraced the floral hair accessory trend....

Joan Bennett

Gene Marshall
Courtesy Monolithic Studios

Betty Grable

Ann Sheridan

Costume credits:
Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall wears the pinstriped suit from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. Fur is from miniature furrier PD Root. Gloves, scarf, brooch, and hair corsage are from The Couture Touch. Handbag is from Ashton Drake. To Have and To Hold Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity, is from Ashton Drake. Her 40's-style coif is from The Couture Touch. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Snoods, Hoods, & Drapery

Gene Marshall
A beaded, knit beret functions beautifully as an elegant evening snood to complement Madra Lord's luscious "Jackpot" ensemble. Belle of the Ball Gene Marshall is from the 2001 Oil Baron's Ball Tulsa Gene convention. Jacket and earrings are from Ashton Drake. Beret/snood was purchased at a doll show.

Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall elevates the "Little Black Dress" to high drama with over-the-top accessorizing. Sandra Stillwell's "Cover Girl" hat gets the royal treatment with the addition of a merino wool jersey hood. The matching suede gauntlet gloves are a miniature replica of a pair in my collection. Fur from miniature furrier PD Root, purse from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. Dress from Ashton Drake. Star Entrance Gene Marshall is from Integrity.

Madra Lord
Miss Lord is stepping out in ultimate de rigueur style to walk Fifi and Mitzi!  Her fabulous suit is accented with a bold drape of color. The platter hat from Sandra Stillwell's "Zoe" costume is updated with a royal blue, wool jersey scarf to match the suede gloves. Suit is from Robert Tonner's "Par Excellence" Brenda Starr ensemble. Booties, dogs, and chair are from Ashton Drake. Deep Rose Madra Lord is from Integrity's Stepping High Collection.

Vivian Leigh
The always stylish Miss Leigh combines a little drapery with a net snood to complement a smart fedora.

Even Rosie gets into the fashion fun with a warm knit hood.