Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Say Hello to Summer

For the best dressed gal in town.... A crisp, summer-cool frock to take our favorite miniature star through her busy day.

Gene Marshall
A vibrant print, flirty peplum, and interesting trim detail highlights this circa 1940's two-piece cotton dress. And to top it all off, a black felt hat styled to complement Miss Marshall's pompadour.

OOAK dress and hat are from The Couture Touch.
Gloves, jewelry, and chair are from Ashton Drake.
Handbag is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.
Film Fatale Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity, is from Ashton Drake. Coif is from the salon at The Couture Touch.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vintage Friedmont Pink Wool Suit

This soft pink circa 1940's wool suit (labeled Friedmont) is complemented with black accessories including a dramatic tilt accented with pink feathers (no label), a black crochet handbag, and black gloves. A vintage tulip brooch and my mom's dragonfly pins complete the look.

Here is a close-up of the beautiful collar detailing.

Suit and accessories are all from my vintage closet.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Window Shopping at Harry's

So what does a beautiful, young movie star wear for a day of window shopping on New York's Fifth Avenue?

Gene Marshall
Vintage floral appliques highlight this sleek and sophisticated two-piece silk ensemble from The Couture Touch. A delightful Asian conical hat perfectly tops the fresh summer look. Handbag is from D.A.E. Originals.

Miss Marshall graciously poses for a fan in front of the Harry Winston Salon.

White Orchid Gene Marshall is from Mel Odom and JamieShow.
Backdrops are from RaiHing.
Old photo effect is from Bakumatsu Koshashin Generator.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Miss Gene Marshall

The Couture Touch salutes the brave men and women who proudly serve our country.

WWII pin-up girls photo courtesy

Miss Marshall's Costume Credits:
Two-piece outfit borrowed from Heat Wave Violet Waters. Hat from Golden Riviera Madra Lord set. Both from Integrity.
Earrings, flag, and chair are from Ashton Drake. The restyled Film Fatale Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body by Integrity, is from Ashton Drake.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Swell Pin-Up

During WWII, many Hollywood leading ladies led recruitment and bond drives, entertained the troops, and even graciously posed for pin-up photos to bolster the morale of our fighting men.

Donna Reed 
Photo courtesy Blu-ray Forum
Donna Reed, best known for It's A Wonderful Life (1946) and The Donna Reed Show (1958-66), was a popular pin-up for many GIs. Her "girl-next-door" good looks and warm onstage personality contributed to her popularity. She took the time to personally answer letters from servicemen stationed overseas.

Photo courtesy The New York Times.
Miss Reed saved hundreds of letters from star-struck WWII servicemen. For nearly 65 years they were kept in a shoe box inside an old trunk long stored in the garage of her home in Beverly Hills. Discovered by her children in 2008, some of the letters were made public by her family in the 2009 New York Times article "Dear Donna: A Pinup So Swell She Kept GI Mail." Click HERE for the fascinating story.
Donna Reed
Photo courtesy Combatsim Forum

Thursday, May 18, 2017

1940's Suits from My Personal Collection

What started as a modest vintage hat collection soon expanded to other accessories, and....of course tailored suits and dresses. Here are three suits from my vintage closet.

Suit labeled Rosenthal, Chicago. A second label, sewn inside the lining of the jacket, reads Tailored by Irving Rosenthal for a specific client, dated 3/23/1946. Turban style hat labeled Lamson's, Toledo Ohio.

Sadly no label in this marvelous jacket. Hat is labeled Lilly Dache along with a Marshall Field's French Room Label.

A late 40's suit with double peplum and banding detail. Paired here with a black skirt. No label.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Originator, 1946

The Originator was a unique sketchbook of modern fashion trends and ideas. The monthly publication featured authentic designer sketches to illustrate style variations and creative applications for smart designs. Whether a new pocket, a beautiful neckline, or a basic silhouette, the Originator's unique feature was to show its ultimate use in various garments such as blouses, dresses, suits, and coats. During the 1940's and 50's, The Originator Publishing Company also sold an expensive, highly stylized line of sewing patterns similar to Modes Royale.

For your viewing enjoyment, the following scans are from the 1946 Summer and Fall issue.

The Originator Publishing Company, New York, NY.
Blueprints of Fashion, Home Sewing Patterns of the 1950's by Wade Laboissonniere.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Traveling 1940's Style

Whether by train, boat, or plane...the women of the 1940's traveled in high style. Hats and gloves accessorized the impeccably tailored suits and dresses of the well-dressed traveler. So leave those jeans and sweats behind and join two of the stars of Monolithic Studios on a journey of style.

A smart suit ensemble worn by film star Gene Marshall.
The re-styled jacket, borrowed from J'Adore Gene Marshall, is paired with a black skirt from Sandra Stillwell. Her uniquely shaped, off-the-face, tweed hat from The Couture Touch is in the mood of the moment and complements her fabulous pompadour hairstyle. Scarf is from Mattel. Gloves are from Ashton Drake. Handbag is from Robert Tonner. Earrings and bracelet are from an unknown designer. Brooch is from Facets by Marcia

Director Ivy Jordan 
A sharply tailored suit shows it's soft side with touches of white and taupe. Hat and muff are from Mattel. Scarf and earrings are from The Couture Touch. Gloves and brooch are from Integrity. Suit is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.

A quartet of fabulous 1940's travel suits.
Photo courtesy Jelena Zivkovic @ Belgrade Photo History

Gene Marshall appears courtesy Ashton Drake.
Moss Rose Ivy Jordan is from Integrity.
J'Adore Gene Marshall is a FDQ Exclusive from JamieShow.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Utility Chic

From war-time London, 1940's.....

Autumn 1944
The interplay of seams, pockets, and pleats were the hallmark of the British utility suit during WWII. Wartime shortages and rationing gave rise to this functional yet stylish, well-cut, and well-made design. The tailored silhouette featured a longer length jacket with boxy square, padded shoulders and a slightly nipped-in waist paired with a shorter, just below-the-knee skirt.

A model checks out the new utility suit.
Photo by James Jarche for The Daily Herald. Courtesy Granny Chic Gal

Miss Gene Marshall
American film star Gene Marshall shows off her utility chic by pairing a striped linen skirt with the smartly tailored, fur-trimmed jacket from D.A.E. Originals' "Business Class" ensemble. Felt tilt topper and skirt are from The Couture Touch. Scarf is from Mattel. Purse is from PD Root. Shoes and gloves are from Integrity.

Gene Marshall

Spring suits in soft boucle wool, Spring 1942.

For the home seamstress, a sewing pattern for the new longer length tailored jacket and an alternative version with short sleeves, perfect for Spring.

A trio of war-time suits featured in the September 1941 issue of Vogue Pattern Book.

London, 1940's. Understated elegance against a backdrop of ruins.
Lee Miller photo courtesy Vintage Everyday

"Fashion is Indestructible"
Digby Morton suit. Cecil Beaton photo. London, 1941.

Fashion in the Forties by Julian Robinson.
British Vogue, Autumn Forecast and Fabrics with Vogue Pattern Book supplement, September 1941.

Gene Marshall is the incomparable "Symphony in G" by Ashton Drake. Body by Integrity.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Ann Miller in her Easter bonnet, circa 1947.
Photo courtesy

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Step into Spring....

with a stylish trio of daytime fashions.

White Orchid Gene Marshall
Monolithic Studios' star Miss Gene Marshall wears a reproduction of a Theatre de la Mode Paquin design by Robert Tonner, circa 1946.  "Portland" is a rich brown linen dress accented with a white collar and banding detailing. A marvelous, matching, off-the-face breton hat highlights Miss Marshall's lovely features. The embroidered gloves, train case, and chair are from Ashton Drake.

Paquin, 1946
Photo by David Seidner.

Caribbean Kiss Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall chooses a sleek dress style, based on a 1945 Vogue sewing pattern, in a delightful abstract print. OOAK dress, hat, and gloves are from The Couture Touch. Shoes are from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.  Fur muff and jewels are from PD Root.

Buenos Aires Victoire Roux
Victoire Roux
With a nod to Barbie's original "Career Girl" (1963-64), Joshard creates a smart suit ensemble worn by fashion diva Victoire Roux. Topping the ensemble is a divine hat from The Couture Touch. Poodle is from Randall Craig. Chair is from Retros by Liz Cole.

The Models:
White Orchid Gene Marshall, wearing the Hutton auburn wigcap, is from JamieShow.
Caribbean Kiss Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake. Hair restyled by The Couture Touch.
Buenos Aires Victoire Roux is from Integrity.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Ride in the Park....Jacket Required

Victoire Roux
A vintage find....the classic, fitted, checked jacket from Barbie's "Riding in the Park" #1668 (1966-67) ensemble. A must-have for any era. Victoire Roux pulls this smart 1940's look together with the addition of a dramatic topper borrowed from Miss Gene Marshall. Jacket and scarf  are from Mattel. Fur is from P.D.Root. Hat, skirt, and jewelry are from The Couture Touch. Buenos Aires Victoire Roux is from Integrity.

A Ride in the Park

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In a Surreal State of Mind

Midnight Gamble Gene Marshall
Inspired by the delightful "Beignets and Coffee" ensemble from Sandra Stillwell's The Belle of New Orleans 2016 Event, Miss Gene Marshall asked her personal stylist to update her houndstooth top to reflect the whimsical surrealism of the original design. OOAK top, hat, and earrings are from The Couture Touch. Skirt is from Sandra Stillwell. Fur, belt, gloves, and feather-trimmed handbag are from Ashton Drake. Bracelet is from Facets by Marcia.

Beignets and Coffee
Inspired by this San nicholas design.
Photos courtesy Sandra Stillwell Presents.....

Blue Fox Gene Marshall
Unusual jewelry adds a playful touch to Miss Marshall's tailored suit ensemble. The restyled tweed jacket is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. OOAK hat, gloves, and jewelry are from The Couture Touch. Scarf and skirt are from Sandra Stillwell. Walking stick is from Ashton Drake.

Elsa Schiaparelli
The 20th Century avant-garde cultural movement known as Surrealism impacted art, literature, and even fashion. Designer Elsa Schiaparelli used whimsical, playful elements in her fashion and accessories. From jacket pockets that resemble bureau drawers complete with drawer pulls to hats in the shape of a shoe or lamb chop, she delighted in using everyday objects in unexpected ways. Even her jewelry designs often included a garden variety of forms that became the hallmark of a Schiaparelli creation.

Blue Belle Gene Marshall
Fanciful butterflies accent a luscious pink wool cocktail suit just in time for Spring. OOAK suit, wrap, reversible hat, gloves and jewelry are all from The Couture Touch.

Miss Gene Marshall

Midnight Gamble, Blue Fox, and Blue Belle (enhanced with an Integrity articulated body) Gene Marshall are all from Ashton Drake.

Click HERE for availability and ordering information on Sandra Stillwell's fashions.