Thursday, March 23, 2017

Springtime Memories

Miss Madra Lord
A change of accessories gives this dreamy gown from Ashton Drake's 2004 "Night Memories" Madra Lord costume a breath of Spring. The flowers from the original hat were used to embellish the dramatic straw hat with leopard crown as well as the waistline of the dress. The marvelous hat was borrowed from Barbie's Hollywood Movie Star Collection "Day in the Sun" ensemble by Mattel. Gloves and earrings are from Ashton Drake. "Gemstones" highlight the gold tone cuff from Integrity.

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord

"Night Memories" Madra Lord was designed by Jose Ferrand, circa 1937.
Photo courtesy Gene Marshall Wiki

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Good-Bye New York

Photo courtesy Gene Marshall
In 1941, a beautiful young blonde (along with her childhood teddy bear) boarded a train to Hollywood wearing a smart two-piece, fur-trimmed suit. The original "Good-Bye New York" costume was designed by Doug James for Ashton Drake's 1995 Gene Marshall Collection. It included a matching fur-trimmed hat and muff, red jersey top and gloves, jewelry, hosiery, shoes, signature hat box, and teddy bear.

Monolithic Studios' Director Ivy Jordan
Different accessories transform the iconic travel suit in dramatic fashion. The original red jersey top was replaced with the scarf from Sandra Stillwell's "Lunch with Luciano" costume. OOAK topper and coordinating gloves are from The Couture Touch. Shoes are from Integrity.

Miss Ivy Jordan
More than any other fashion accessory, the hat has the ability to completely change the appearance of a garment.

Miss Gene Marshall
Miss Madra Lord

So what else was in style for 1941?

Photo courtesy
This vintage Finneys' Department Store ad that appeared in The Telegraph, an Australian newspaper, shows the wide variety of styles available in 1941. Illustrated from top to bottom: A navy felt with pheasant feather, a large-brimmed brown felt accented with white bows and bandeau, a jaunty black with leopard brim, a two-tone felt in black & kasha with veiling, a black halo, and a moss green felt with brown chenille veiling.

Gene Marshall

The models in order of appearance: 

Pearls and Pink Ivy Jordan courtesy Integrity.
Destiny Gene Marshall courtesy Ashton Drake.
Night Memories Madra Lord and Blue Belle Gene Marshall, both enhanced with Integrity articulated bodies, appear courtesy Ashton Drake.

OOAK hats and gloves are from The Couture Touch.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Inspiring Paper Doll Fashions: 1940's

From Hollywood movie stars to the Sunday funnies, paper dolls and their fabulous fashions provide a great source of style inspiration. During last September's Milan Fashion Week, Moschino delighted patrons with a paper doll inspired fashion show, complete with human sized paper tabs.

(Picture: Estrop/Getty Images)

Judy Garland, circa 1940's, courtesy

Eleanor Parker, late 1940's, Dover

Miss Fury, 1942 courtesy gabipaperdolls
Miss Fury, aka Marla Drake, was an early comic book heroine created by
June Tarpe Mills. It ran from 1941 - 1952.

Tillie the Toiler was a newspaper comic strip created by
Russ Westover and ran from 1921 - 1959.

From the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency set of 6 models, early 1940's, designed by Ruth Wood.
#981 Whitman Publishing.
Courtesy Marges8's Blog

Ella's 1940's fashion courtesy gabipaperdolls.
I love how this one includes a change of hairstyles. Hmm...remind you of anyone?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Gene Gambles on Houndstooth for 1940's Afternoon Style

Midnight Gamble Gene Marshall
A simply smart two-piece ensemble with subtle applique detailing is poised to take Miss Marshall through a busy afternoon. A black and cream houndstooth, peplum-style top accented with tiny floral appliques re-cycled from vintage veiling is layered over a black skirt from Sandra Stillwell. Hat is from PD Root. Fur, gloves, and belt are from Ashton Drake. Shoes and earrings are from Integrity. OOAK top is from The Couture Touch.

Midnight Gamble Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake.

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