Thursday, January 18, 2018

Allied Elegance

Gene Marshall, Circa 1944-45
Our favorite miniature Hollywood diva wears a delightfully patriotic frock inspired by the paper doll fashions of Danish artist Gerda Vinding.

Gerda Vinding (1921-1987)
Vinding created paper dolls during the 1940's focusing on young, career women such as nurses and office girls who also just happened to have the most fabulously glamorous wardrobe. Professional dressmakers even used her fashions as inspiration. Not only was she a talented artist, but a writer, director of a publishing house, and active in the Danish Resistance Movement during World War II.

Allied Elegance (1944-45)
The Allied Elegance paper doll set featured fashions representing the Allied countries during World War II including the USA, England, France, China, Norway, India, Sweden, Denmark, and the USSR. The countries national symbols were often incorporated in the designs.

Here are a few more favorites for your viewing enjoyment....

Model E

More fashions for Model E

Berit, Model D

Three more sensational outfits

Miss Gene Marshall
Costume Credits:  OOAK dress and gloves are from The Couture Touch. Doll, jewelry and handbag are from Ashton Drake. Straw hat is from Madame Alexander.

Sources:
History of the Danish Paper Doll by Dorte Meiling Nielsen
The Nordic Museum
Johannes Paper Dolls


6 comments:

  1. V for Victory, fashion, and this wonderful creation from these wonderful inspirations! Brava! COUTURE TOUCH, Brava!
    --Monsiuer Erik

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Erik. Melissa

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  2. Wow!! How gorgeous are these drawn dolls and their outfits? Love the inspiration.

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    1. I agree Don. Absolutely love her fashions. So 1940's!

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  3. Oh my gosh! I LOVE everyone of those fashions! Your outfit is fantastic as is your styling! Megin

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