Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Touch of Glamour

By the mid 1950's the cocktail dress was feminine, alluring, and oh so chic.  Among the popular high heeled fashion dolls of the era, the full-skirted, drop-waist styles were top sellers.

Inspired by a vintage Cissy cocktail ensemble, Miss Gene Marshall pairs the taffeta dress from A Touch of Hospitality (sans the belt) with the black velvet bolero from Hacienda.  A classic feather and tulle hat with asymmetric veiling tops the glamorous look.

Cissy cocktail ensemble #2017 by Madame Alexander. Circa 1956.

Miss Gene Marshall
Moments to Remember Gene Marshall, A Touch of Hospitality, and Hacienda are from Ashton Drake.  OOAK hat and styling are from The Couture Touch.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Madra's Wardrobe Test

Director Ivy Jordan orders a wardrobe test for a scene in Monolithic Studios' new film starring Madra Lord.  Two-piece ensemble, hat, gloves, and belt are from The Couture Touch.  Shoes are from Integrity.

Wardrobe tests, often taken just prior to filming a scene, are stills of the actor in costume.  They were primarily used for continuity and as a tool to convey clear details of colors, fabrics, and style as well as hair and makeup and how they will appear on film.

Mary Astor wardrobe test for the Maltese Falcon (1941).


Azure Elegance Madra Lord, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake.


Margaret Herrick Library  Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

Looking for a great gift idea?  How about this new California style loafer coat with leather button holes for $5.95.  And don't forget to add the mix and match smart cashmere slacks for just $2.99.  Illustration from the Chicago Mail Order catalog, 1941-42.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Seeing Red

Whether worn alone or just a splash for accent, it's the color of the moment.  Red is passionate, powerful, surprisingly versatile, and definitely commands attention.  And no one demands attention more than Monolithic Studios' resident diva Madra Lord.

Miss Lord wears the sharply tailored garnet suit from Ashton Drake's Star Wardrobe Collection topped with a uniquely shaped black felt hat from The Couture Touch.  Brooch is from Facets by Marcia, gloves from Ashton Drake, and handbag from Integrity.

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord is from JamieShow.

The jacket from Brenda Starr's Press Luncheon costume becomes the core piece for Gene Marshall's smart suit ensemble punctuated with a touch of red.  The knit top and matching gloves are from Ashton Drake's Good-Bye New York.  Handbag is from Sandra Stillwell.  Hat, skirt, jewels, and fur muff are from The Couture Touch.

Cocoa Crisp Gene Marshall is from Integrity.

Press Luncheon is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Casual Summer Dressing

Two incomparable divas show just how chic casual dressing can be.  Mix and match separates begin with a core wardrobe basic, the notched collar blouse....a staple in any era.

Mabel Lorkovic (aka Madra Lord) teams the blue and white window pane checked blouse from Ashton Drake's Star Wardrobe Collection with a navy pencil thin skirt and matching belt.  Mustard accessories give the ensemble a sophisticated look.  Circa 1950's.

Barbara Millicent Roberts (aka Barbie) wears her iconic yellow body blouse with a multi-colored, floral, gathered skirt (Country Fair #1603, Mattel).  The casual look is elevated with pops of black and white.  Circa 1960's.


OOAK hats are from The Couture Touch.
Handbags are from Mattel.

The Divas:

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord is from JamieShow.
Walking Suit Barbie is from Mattel's Silkstone Barbie Fashion Model Collection.