Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gene Marshall: Star Extraordinaire

"But Don't Give Madra the Cold Shoulder"

"Monaco" Gene Marshall

"Close your eyes. A dream is about to come true." And with those words, a beautifully sculpted, miniature mannequin with stunning features and meticulous period hairstyles captivated my heart. And of course there was her enviable wardrobe, firmly rooted in Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1940's and 50's, that appealed to my love of vintage fashion. "In a place called Hollywood, a magical star was born." Gene Marshall made her first appearance in 1995. Twenty years later, she is still a Star Extraordinaire!

Gene Marshall

Miss Marshall, newly coiffed in a chic curly style, wears a stunning cocktail dress circa 1950's. "Blue Heaven" was designed by Lynne Day exclusively for Ashton Drake's 2001 Gene Marshall Collection. Fur is from Integrity.

Madra Lord

Inspired by the Hollywood stars of the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, Miss Lord burst upon the scene in 2000 as Gene's rival. Fabulous 1940's Victory rolls updates "Cold Shoulder" Madra Lord's bombshell evening look. Her lavender sheath was borrowed from Integrity's "Fringe Festival" Ivy Jordan, fur from Hunter-Goldblatt, and jewelry from StrayCat.


"Monaco" Gene Marshall (1995) and "Cold Shoulder" Madra Lord (2001) are from Mel Odom and Ashton Drake.

Quotes are excerpts from Ashton Drake's first direct mail campaign in 1995.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Montage", 1948

Suspense and intrigue in the world of art.

In this 1948 film noir classic, Gene Marshall stars as the glamorous owner of a renowned New York City art gallery who purchases a mysterious portrait painted by her father. Who are the shadowy figures now following her?  And who kidnapped her father?  Could all this intrigue be linked to the painting?

Gene Marshall
For her film role, Miss Marshall wears an updated version of Ashton Drake's "Secret Sleuth" costume. The cape was shortened and the shoulder seams were given a subtle reshaping. The dress was narrowed for a slimmer silhouette. A new hat and fur muff add drama to this chic ensemble. 

Gene Marshall
Credits: The marvelous, high crown black wool felt hat with contrast is from The Couture Touch. Fur is from Mattel. Shoes from D.A.E. Originals. The original "Secret Sleuth" was designed by Tim Kennedy, based on an authentic period design from Valentino's in Hollywood, CA. Cocoa Crisp Gene Marshall is from Integrity.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A New DIY Hat Project for Gene Marshall

It's that time of the year when all eyes are on the new hats for Fall. Here's a delightful 1940's Style Sculptural Wool Felt Hat to make for your favorite Monolithic Studios' star.

The tutorial also includes this whimsical, yet chic cocktail hat variation. Click HERE for the instructions.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Felts with Flair

Gene Marshall
"The lady definitely has flair!" Naturally she's wearing a chic little winter white, draped, wool felt hat accented with a dramatic feather from The Couture Touch. It's the perfect topper for her smart, fur-trimmed, travel suit.

Goodbye New York suit, designed by Doug James, is from Ashton Drake.
Suede color-blocked gauntlet gloves, hat, and earrings are from The Couture Touch.
A re-styled "Blue Belle" Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity, is from Ashton Drake.

Madra Lord
A divine unusual-shaped, wool felt hat from The Couture Touch adds flair to the ultimate IT girl's sophisticated daytime ensemble.

Dress from Madame Alexander, cape from The Couture Touch.
Fur muff from D.A.E. Originals, gloves from Ashton Drake, and necklace from Michael Scott.
C'est Moi Madra Lord is from Integrity.

For more on imaginative and whimsical felt hats from the late 1930's, early 1940's, visit my blog Chapeaux à la Mode

Saturday, July 4, 2015

1940's Beach Glamour

Sunset Serenade Violet Waters from Integrity is ready to celebrate summer in this circa 1940's 2-piece navy and white dotted swimwear ensemble from Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.  Her warm make-up colors are a nice contrast with the cool navy outfit.  The large navy straw picture hat from Madame Alexander is accented with a white floral hair ornament borrowed from Queen of Hearts Gene Marshall by Ashton Drake.  Bracelet from Liz Cole/Retros, sunglasses from Integrity.  The umbrella is from Ashton Drake's April Showers Coca-Cola Calendar Girl Gene Marshall.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Gene Marshall

Want to know the secret to Miss Marshall's chic straw topper?  Click HERE to see how it was made.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Madra Lord: Night and Day

Celebrating the glamour of 1950's fashion photography, Miss Lord shows her day and night style in black and white.

Gown from "Glammed Up Ivy" by Integrity.
Earrings from Ashton Drake.

Suit from Sandra Stillwell. Wrap from The Couture Touch.
Hat from D.A.E. Originals. Gloves from Ashton Drake.

"Spotted in Manhattan" Madra Lord is from JamieShow.