Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hair Play

In 1963, Mattel embraced the concept of hair play with their popular Barbie Fashion Queen doll which featured a wardrobe of interchangeable wigs. Barbie could now change her hairstyle as often as she changed her outfit. In the same year, American Character introduced Tressy with an ingenious mechanism that allows the hair to "grow". A style booklet, showing how to create a variety of hair styles, accompanied each doll.

"Short or long or in-between, Tressy's hair makes her a queen!"

1963 Sears catalog scan courtesy vintagedollcollector
In 1999, Ashton-Drake introduced three "Simply Gene" dolls with long hair that could be cut and styled. She was available as a blonde, brunette, and redhead. In 2000 a platinum "Simply Gene" was added, and in 2001 a brunette sporting a new lip color and coordinating nail polish. Each doll included a hairstyling guide showing authentic 1940's and 50's styles that could be recreated.

Simply Gene (Platinum) courtesy

Simply Gene (Platinum)
Miss Marshall's long platinum locks are fashioned into a fabulous Forties pompadour, the perfect summertime style. Bathing suit is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. Jewelry and hair ornament are from Ashton-Drake.

Destiny Gene Marshall
Ashton-Drake's "Destiny" Gene Marshall (1998) updates her look with a chic rolled updo, circa early 1940's. Dress, gloves, and jewelry are from The Couture Touch. Fur drape is from miniature furrier PD Root.

Deep Rose Madra Lord
A pile of curls refreshes Miss Lord's classic 40's updo. A great style for a girl who wears glasses! Silk tweed jerkin is from The Couture Touch, shirt is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection, and the skirt is from Sandra Stillwell. OOAK cigarette holder is from Mystyna. Miss Lord's eyewear is from Horsman's Vita Collection. "Deep Rose" Madra Lord is from Integrity's Stepping High Collection.

Shadow Song Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall replaces her original barrel curls with a sleek new look perfect for late afternoon cocktails, and for throwing Miss Lord off her game. "Anything but Nice" cocktail dress, circa 1950, is from Ashton Drake, cigarette holder is from Mystyna, and earrings are from Integrity. "Shadow Song" Gene Marshall is from Integrity's 2007 Gene Convention.

Hairstyles are from The Couture Touch salon.