A classic sheath in a great color + a change in accessories = a look that easily transitions from late Summer to Fall beautifully. Removing the original teal chiffon scarf and pin from the dress designed by Tim Kennedy for the FAO Schwarz 1998 Fall Exclusive "Warmest Wishes", reveals a flattering silhouette featuring a jewel neckline, dolman-sleeves, and working pockets. This style was common in the late 1940's and continued well into the 1950's.
Miss Gene Marshall's rich make-up palette complements the rust-colored, knit sheath topped with an unusual-shaped, crown-less, suede hat. Additional accessories include a suede belt, brooch and earrings, all from The Couture Touch. Gloves are from Ashton Drake's "Winged Inspiration" ensemble, bracelet from Integrity, and handbag from an unknown artist.
Perfect for the crisp Fall days ahead: a tweed shoulder cape and coordinating green suede topper with feather accent from The Couture Touch. Bracelet from Facets by Marcia, green leather clutch from PD Root.
Ashton Drake's "Blue Belle" Gene Marshall has been enhanced with an Integrity articulated body.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Dateline: Paris, France.....The chic women of Monolithic Studios, Miss Gene Marshall and Miss Madra Lord, took time off from filming to attend Paris Fashion Week. The ladies graciously agreed to model their favorite Fall fashions from the show.
|Miss Madra Lord|
|Miss Gene Marshall|
"Spotted in Manhattan" Madra Lord and J'Adore Gene Marshall are from Mel Odom and JamieShow.
Monday, July 7, 2014
|Carl Erickson illustration for Vogue|
From the American Designer's Collection, a Betty Rose inspired suit from Sandra Stillwell wrapped in luxurious fur. Hat, fur and shoes are all from Integrity. Gloves from Ashton Drake. Handbag from Madame Alexander.
Perfect for those crisp autumn days, Robert Tonner's luscious "Cashmere Noir" coat. At the neck, a scarf tied ascot-style from Mattel. Additional accessories include leather gloves from The Couture Touch, hat and earrings from Ashton Drake.
For dramatic evenings, an intricately beaded figure-hugging gown and stunning evening coat from Violet Water's 2004 "Blues in the Night" ensemble by Ashton Drake. Jewelry from JamieShow.
Miss Lord graces the cover in the delightful shirtwaist dress from Ashton Drake's 2001 Coca-Cola Calendar Girl ensemble "April Showers", based on a March/April 1957 calendar photograph from the Coke archives. Hat from Mattel, belt from The Couture Touch, gloves and earrings from Ashton Drake, and bracelet from Facets by Marcia.
"Spotted in Manhattan" Madra Lord is from Mel Odom and JamieShow.
Miss Lord's hairstyle provided by the "Johnny" wig, size 4/5, from Monique shown in carrot red. Available in a variety of colors from facetsbymarcia.com
Sunday, June 22, 2014
|Christian Dior, 1950|
Thursday, May 22, 2014
|Linda Darnell, circa 1940's|
Photo courtesy swingfashionista.com
|Rita Hayworth poses for a circa 1940's jewelry ad|
Photo courtesy swingfashionista.com
|Ann Sheridan from "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943)|
Photo courtesy caseykoester.wordpress.com
Hair accessories such as flowers, ribbons, bows, and scarves were the perfect complement to the victory roll. One of my favorite accessory for the victory roll is a snood. Snoods function similar to a classic hairnet that were used to keep the back hair neat. They were the perfect option for medium to longer-length hair. Snoods could be worn during the day or evening and were available in a variety of materials. Crochet or knitted snoods were the most popular, but they could also be made of the same material as a dress to create a coordinated look.
|The classic 1940's crochet snood in a fabulous color.|
Photo courtesy delanceydamevintage.files.wordpress.com
|On the girl in blue: A sequin snood accented with a|
sapphire & moonstone clip.Costumes from Nettie Rosenstein.
Jewels from Tiffany & Company.
Photo by Horst for Vogue Nov 15, 1940.
|"Belle of the Ball" Gene Marshall wears a silvery knit evening|
snood from The Couture Touch to complement her sensational
brunette victory rolls.
|Fabric snood to match a dress or top, circa 1942|
Photo courtesy vintagedancer.com
|"Parfait" Zita Charles wears her victory curls in an elegant|
evening style. Ransom in Red gown is from Ashton Drake.
|Back view of a tightly rolled hairstyle option, circa 1940's|
Photo courtesy veiledhaven.com
|"Destiny" Gene Marshall in Pinque Passion.|
Gloves from Gold Sensation. All from Ashton Drake.
What you will need are some regular size drinking straws, end papers (found in beauty supply stores), straight pins, jewelry pliers, eyedropper or small measuring cup, a small pot of boiling water, a small bowl of cold water and ice, and a doll hairbrush. I use a Mattel's Barbie hairbrush.
Be sure to start with clean and tangle-free hair. I sectioned Destiny's hair from ear to ear and parted slightly off-centered. Each side was rolled using a straw cut to size. Wet the hair with water (or hair gel if desired) and wrap the ends with end papers before rolling. Hold the hair taut as you roll. To hold the roller in place, insert a straight pin through the straw and into the vinyl head with jewelry pliers. Repeat with the other side.
Fill an eyedropper or small measuring cup with the boiling water and carefully pour a little over the rollers avoiding the face and remaining hair. Immediately repeat with the cold water. Blot dry with a paper towel and allow to air dry for at least 24 hours.
When thoroughly dry, remove the pins with the jewelry pliers. Carefully remove the rollers and end papers. I just positioned the curls and secured with a couple of straight pins. That's it. The remaining hair was left long and slightly curled. No cutting or trimming was necessary for Destiny's hair length.
Disclaimer: I am by no means a professional hairstylist. If I can do it, so can you. If possible begin with an Ashton Drake Gene as their hair fiber is much more forgiving. And if you don't like the result, you can always rinse it out and start over. Happy Rolling!
Love 1940's hairstyles and want more? Click HERE to read my popular 2011 post on 1940's Hairstyles: Pompadours, Rolls, & Bangs.
"Belle of the Ball" Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake's 2001 Tulsa Oil Baron's Ball Gene Convention.
"Parfait" Zita Charles is from Integrity's 2010 Stardust Gene Convention.
"Destiny" Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Persia, the exquisite handmade resin doll by Darrell Wallace, makes a fashion statement in Randall Craig. Speak Low (worn backwards) is a smart black and grey knit sheath with zebra accents on the collar and cuffs. Persia swaps out the original white belt with a black patent belt from Mattel. Brooch is from Robert Tonner's Tiny Kitty collection. Gloves and shoes are from Integrity. Dramatic black suede hat is from The Couture Touch.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
|Yellow wool jacket collared in Persian lamb. Beneath, a black wool dress.|
Note the fabulous Persian lamb gauntlets! Marshall Field's & Company, Chicago.
Photo by Horst for Vogue, 1936.
|Delightful pink sequined gauntlet gloves with matching scarf.|
Gloves, bag, hat, and dress from Hattie Carnegie for
Frost Bros., San Antonio, Texas. From Vogue, 1943
|Caroline Reboux millinery and the most dramatic gauntlets for an|
evening on the town. Circa 1945.
Photo courtesy hprints.com
By the mid-thirties, the area over the wrist and forearm grew to an enormous funnel-shaped extension, reminiscent of the gauntlets worn by 17th Century French mousquetaires (musketeers). The flared portion of the glove, called a gauntlet, was usually made of a stiffer fabric than the hand to give it body. Gauntlets were often piped with contrasting color which accented the shape and design. Other design elements included top-stitching, buttons, and tabs. Gloves were not only made of the usual silk, lambskin, pigskin, and doeskin; but also washable chamois-suede, cotton pique, organdy, and cotton matelasse. Printed woven fabrics were also made into gloves to match a particular garment.
|Crochet gauntlets, circa 1930's.|
|Myrna Loy wearing polka dotted gauntlet cuffs that button over|
her gloves, circa 1930's.
Photo courtesy seraphicpress.com
|Unusual gauntlets with red trim, circa 1930's.|
Photo courtesy stardustyears.com
By 1939, the exaggerated gauntlet style had receded to minimal flare. The height of the popularity of the gauntlet glove was between 1934 - 39, but styles continued into the 1940's and even the early 1950's.
|Veronica Lake looking smart in a pair of white kid gloves.|
Circa 1940's. Photo courtesy weheartvintage.co
Original source & copyright: Robert Huffstutter.
Director Ivy Jordan wears a pair of color-blocked suede gauntlet gloves, a favorite with the stars of Monolithic Studios. OOAK hat and gloves are from The Couture Touch. Suit and muff are from Ashton Drake, shoes from Integrity.