Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rediscovering Old Favorites

Sometimes Spring cleaning, or in this case Summer cleaning, can often yield forgotten treasures such as a misplaced outfit and a pair of Silkstone Barbie dolls that lost their "hair" appeal.

A reproduction Fashion Queen Barbie doll is ready to take the fashion world by storm. The "Fashion Editor" ensemble gets a stylish new look by adding a black skirt, black patent belt, and fabulous jewels. The costume's original leopard skirt was fashioned into the dramatic turban. Hat, gloves, necklace, and brooch are from The Couture Touch. All other pieces are from Mattel's Barbie Fashion Model Collection.

Trench Setter Silkstone Barbie is tres chic in her bee-hive platinum wig from Monique. Mademoiselle wears the delightful cocktail dress from "Midnight Mischief". Bracelet is from Randall Craig.

Suite Retreat Silkstone Barbie is a vision of vintage elegance in the gown from the Hollywood Premiere Movie Star Collection. Necklace/ bracelet set and the chestnut bubblecut wig are from D.A.E. Originals "Weekend in New York" Haute Doll Exclusive set.

Dolls and costumes are from Mattel's Barbie Fashion Model Collection unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Evil Queen Gets Her Glam On

Looking every inch the glamour queen, Snow White's Evil Queen is styled for sophistication in the chic tweed suit from FAO's Exclusive "Final Cut Isha" Gift Set by Jason Wu/Integrity. Fur and handbag are from Hunter-Goldblatt Designs. Hat is from The Couture Touch.

Snow White's Evil Queen is from The Great Villains Collection by Mattel.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Gene's Summer Holiday

Miss Gene Marshall, circa 1954
Film star Gene Marshall takes a well-deserved break from her hectic schedule to enjoy the summer holiday. Here she is relaxing after a stroll wearing a delightfully chic, striped, two-piece summer dress. Accessories include a straw beach-brim hat, scarf, woven straw bag with horsehair braid trim, gloves, and spectator shoes.

Gene Marshall Collection by Ashton Drake: Multi-piece outfit, hat and bag are from "It Happened in Monterey". Scarf, gloves, and shoes are from various costumes. Bracelet is from Retros.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Madra Lord's 1932 Cover

Film star Madra Lord appears on the cover of the summer issue of Ladies' Home Journal wearing the delightful frock borrowed from Silhouette of the 1930's Zita Charles. Accessories include the gloves from Gene Marshall's Cherry Smash ensemble and a restyled hat from Mattel. C'est Moi Madra Lord, dress, gloves, and bracelet are all from Integrity. Necklace is from Ashton Drake.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Violet Sizzles in Summer Stock

Miss Violet Waters
Backstage at the rehearsal for her newest summer stock theater production, Monolithic Studios' resident jazz singer Violet Waters sizzles in a costume styled by The Couture Touch. Madra Lord's green top from Integrity's Stepping High Collection is layered over the versatile black sheath from Ashton Drake's Black Ribbon ensemble. Miss Lord's striped turban, also from the Stepping High Collection, is fashioned into a jaunty beret-style hat. Shoes were borrowed from Integrity's Olympia Gene Marshall. Gloves and corsage are from Ashton Drake. The re-coiffed Heat Wave Violet Waters is from Integrity.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Little Gray Jacket

Suited for Versatility.

Gray is neither black nor white, but a combination of the two. It's quietly elegant and sophisticated. Gray is a neutral and a perfect backdrop for unexpected pops of color such as red, turquoise, or violets. 

Ivy Jordan
Monolithic Studios' lady director Ivy Jordan looks smart in a soft palette of gray, taupe, and cream. The beautifully tailored gray jacket from Integrity's "Suited for Fur" ensemble has been updated by removing the lavender "mink" cuffs for maximum versatility. The jacket is paired with the houndstooth skirt from Ashton Drake's "Afternoon Off", blouse from Bogue's Vogues, and spectator shoes from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. Additional accessories include a delightful felt topper and taupe suede gauntlet gloves from The Couture Touch. A chenille handbag and dramatic fur, both from Ashton Drake, complete the ensemble.  

Ivy Jordan
Miss Jordan changes the look of her suit ensemble by adding a black skirt, shoes, and purse from Sandra Stillwell, and a matching scarf from Mattel. Hat and pin are from The Couture Touch. Fur is borrowed from Integrity's "C'est Moi" Madra Lord, and gloves and bracelet are from Ashton Drake. 

Gene Marshall
The little gray jacket dresses up in dramatic fashion by reuniting it with its original dress and adding the turquoise scarf from Integrity's Swim-suited to a "T" costume. Hat, gloves, snakeskin belt, and earrings are all from The Couture Touch. Fur from miniature furrier PD Root, brooch from Integrity, and purse from Sandra Stillwell. 


Fashion and Color by Mary Garthe, Rockport Publishers, Inc. 1995.

Photo courtesy
The original "Suited for Fur" is from Integrity's 2007 Silver Screen Gene Marshall Collection.

Color Deal Ivy Jordan is from Integrity.
Blue Belle Gene Marshall, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake.

Monday, June 6, 2016

4 Make Do & Mend Ideas to Update The Little Black Dress

There's New Life in the Old Girl Yet! *

Madra Lord, circa 1943
Monolithic Studios' star Miss Madra Lord updates the basic black dress with a belted, blue and black herringbone wool jerkin. The mustard felt topper and matching black and mustard suede color-blocked gauntlet gloves provide a pop of color to this smart ensemble. OOAK jerkin, hat, and gloves are from The Couture Touch. Shoes and belt are from Integrity. Purse is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. Black Widow Madra Lord, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake. 

Australian Women's Weekly
 July 31, 1943
Here are 3 more ideas to transform a black dress by adding colorful add-on pieces. From left to right: A green bolero vest and matching waist-wrap and hat. A red collar overlay that is gathered in the front and secured with a matching belt; topped with a coordinating tilt hat. A bright yellow bolero with a yoke effect with matching hat and gloves.

Click HERE for more on the inspiration behind the original "Little Black Dress" costume designed by Tim Kennedy for Ashton Drake's 2000 Gene Marshall Collection.

* Excerpt from Make and Mend For Victory, Book No.S-10, The Spool Cotton Co., 1942.