Saturday, March 5, 2011

1940's Suits in Miniature, Part 1

Miniatures have always intrigued me, so it's no surprise that I would be drawn to the wonderful period costumes that were made for Mel Odom's Gene Marshall doll.  The 15.5" mannequin embodies the glamour of the Hollywood era of the 40's and 50's.  Her costumes are miniature versions of real clothes and include fabulous accessories such as furs, hats, gloves, jewelry, shoes and even hose.  For your viewing enjoyment, here are some of my favorite suit ensembles from the 1940's.

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"Hollywood Director Ivy Jordan reviews costume sketches with Madra Lord, the star of her latest film venture."   Pictured on the left:  Integrity's Ivy Jordan, Lady Director, wears Ashton Drake's classic "Travel in Tweed" navy suit, circa 1948 and her own blouse.  Suit designed by Lynne Day.  The OOAK hat and matching gloves are from The Couture Touch.  Pictured on the right:  Integrity's The Jeweled Cat Madra Lord is all business wearing Integrity's "Suited For Fur", a stunning grey wool suit with pink fur accents and pink accessories. 

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Ashton Drake's "Fit For a Queen" brown tweed suit gets a different look with an OOAK turban styled hat, leather gloves, and crochet pin from The Couture Touch.  Fur from P.D. Root, hatbox from Ashton Drake's Travel in Tweed ensemble.  The model is Integrity's Ivy Jordan, Lady Director, with a new hairstyle.  Suit designed by Lynne Day.

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Here is another fabulous suit designed by Lynne Day for Ashton Drake's Gene Marshall Collection.  It is called "First Stop Chicago", circa 1941.  The model is Ashton Drake's Siren of the Night Madra Lord with restyled hair and articulated body from Integrity.

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Integrity's club doll, City Sleeker Zita Charles is wearing a smart houndstooth wool suit with fur trim from the Gene Marshall, Star Wardrobe Collection by Ashton Drake. The wonderfully detailed embroidered gloves and purse are also from the Star Wardrobe Collection.  The hatbox is borrowed from Tonner's Kitty Collier.

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Ashton Drake's Filigree Gene Marshall wears "Good Bye New York", a sensational 1941 suit designed by Doug James.   The fez style hat and gauntlet gloves are from The Couture Touch. 
Credits:  Furniture from Liz Cole/Retros, telephone from Ashton Drake's Hot Day in Hollywood accessory set, portfolio & sketches from Ashton Drake.


  1. Ditto what Diane said! What a great set of outfits; love the photos, too.