Changing women's fashions, from the 18th century to the 1950s.
Georgian Fashion Doll
Before fashion magazines, fashions were communicated through fashion dolls. They were dressed in every layer of the latest fashions.
Fashion doll with removable wig and clothes. The doll is made of wood and painted in white European flesh tones. Joints articulate at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. The arms are wrapped with blue cloth seeves below the elbow, and the doll wears a chemise and petticoat in cotton woven to resemble quilting, a separate pocket hung from a belt at the waist, a gown in pink silk with pink lace overlay, and a pair of knitted white stockings.
The gown laces at the back, and has two lengths of woven pink silk with diamond-shaped pattern hanging from the shoulders. The wig is made of brown hair, and has a white lace and blue ribbon band and a matching choker. The doll has one blue silk garter.
Shaping the Body
York Castle Museum
Objects from York Castle Museums Costume & Textile Collection
Robert Wake, M Faye Prior, Martin Fell
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