Thursday, August 25, 2016

An Iconic 1959 Sheath Dress

Nothing could be more chic than the modern, sleek lines of a surprisingly flattering, form-fitting sheath. 

The Apple Print Sheath #917 (1959 - 1960) was a smart, figure-hugging dress that accented Barbie's every curve. The rolled collar and delightful print made this an eye-catching ensemble. The identical sheath was also paired with a black faille coat in one of the most coveted outfits from the 900 series, Easter Parade #971 (1959). It was Haute Couture at its finest!

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The sheath saw its greatest popularity during the 1950's and 1960's. Its simplistic design gave the wearer a sense of glamour and sophistication. In 1962 Mattel created the Fashion Paks for Barbie that included the Silk Sheath (1962 - 1963). The slim skirt and fitted bodice were accented with a wider rolled collar and self-bow accent. The sheath was available in pale yellow, black, turquoise, red, green, white, and golden yellow. 

Bias rolled collar sheath pattern with interesting seam detailing designed by Luis Estevez.
Made by McCalls exclusively for The Quaker Oats Co., 1959.
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A decade earlier, Dior created an antithesis to his New Look called the "Vertical Line", a sleeker sheath with fitted bodice and a longer, pencil-thin skirt. It often featured a scoop or boat neckline enhanced with collars and bows.

Photo by Gordon Parks, 1949.

The versatility and elegance of the iconic sheath dress make it a must-have for every miniature fashion diva's wardrobe.


The Models & Fashions:

Trench Setter Barbie from the Barbie Fashion Model Collection wears the apple print sheath from the vintage reproduction Easter Parade (1994). Bubblecut wig was borrowed from a vintage Fashion Queen. All from Mattel.

Holiday Hostess Thanksgiving Feast Barbie wears a vintage pale yellow silk sheath. Dress & accessories are from Mattel. Purse is from Randall Craig.

Trench Setter Barbie wears an OOAK periwinkle sheath ensemble from The Couture Touch. Purse & bracelet are from Randall Craig. Shoes & earrings are from Mattel.


Barbie Fashion, Vol. 1 by Sarah Sink Eames.

History of the Sheath Dress from the fashion archives at

The Second New Look of 1949 from

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Can We Talk?

Screen shot from The Women, 1939.
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"Did you see Joan's new hat?  And that fabulous suit she is wearing? To Die For!  Just hop on over to the Chapeaux à la Mode blog darlings for a head start on Fall."

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Barbie and Victoire Roux in Paris

Barbara Millicent Roberts is ready to take Paris by storm joining French fashion model sensation Victoire Roux for a fashion shoot highlighting Fall suits.

Debut Barbie
Barbie makes her entrance wearing a signature print swing coat over the black satin sheath from "Vintage Elegance" Candi fashion by Hamilton Toys. White with black trim patent clutch is from Randall Craig. Hat, belt, and necklace are from The Couture Touch. Earrings are from Integrity. Coat and bracelet are from Mattel.

Suite Retreat Barbie
Barbie slips into a chic bubblecut wig from D.A.E. Originals for an evening location shoot at a Paris cafe wearing a raw silk jacket from the "Natural Instinct" Candi fashion over a slim black skirt. Jewels, gloves, and scarf are from Mattel. Fur and skirt are from The Couture Touch. Hat with replaced trim is from the Manhattan Moods "Fashion Week" suit ensemble by Hamilton Toys.

Victoire Roux
Just in from Buenos Aires, Victoire models the sophisticated black wool suit from the Manhattan Moods "Fashion Week" Candi fashion ensemble by Hamilton Toys. Purse is from Integrity. The dramatic, leopard-trimmed hat and matching gloves are from The Couture Touch.

Debut and Suite Retreat Silkstone Barbie dolls are from The Barbie Fashion Model Collection by Mattel.

Buenos Aires Victoire Roux is from Integrity.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Thailand-Inspired Costume

There once was a princess in a land far away....

Exotic Intrigue Barbie wears an elegant costume featured in the Christopher Varaste article "Runway to the Orient" for the June 2004 issue of Barbie Bazaar magazine celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Barbie. The Francis Ford Coppola epic "The Legend of Suriyothai" (2003) served as inspiration for this wonderful design by Waramon Cain.

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Based on a 16th Century historical figure who was regarded by the Thai people as the "great feminist", the film portrays the life of the beautiful Princess Suriyothai.

Exotic Intrigue Barbie (Caucasian) is a 2003 Avon Exclusive.

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.