Tuesday, October 21, 2014

18th Century Doll Meets.

Scanned from Historic Communities 18th Century Clothing by Bobbie Kalman
This is a re-enactment of an 18th century fashion doll meet.  Far traveling and local sales ladies, actual 'Ladies' of a certain social level, were hired on the side by the ateliers and tailors of the time, and much like Tupperware in the 1950s, would get commissions from any orders they made for the full size garments.  With much advance planning via snail mail, they would show up in the next town, another country, or across the sea, with a chest full of dolls, sketches, fabric samples and 1/3 to 1/2 versions of the latest fashions. These were the original 'fashion dolls' and not meant for child's play, because they were rather simplistic and fragile.  The figures were (like modern human models) molded to the silhouette of the time, not to the human form.  The dolls themselves are now rare collector's items, but it's a fun example of how doll meets are really nothing new.  We just focus more on the dolls now.

You can find more information about the traveling fashion dolls on the following blogs: 



I found this picture in the book while plotting my next to next tutorial for BJDCollectasy and had to share.  ^_^  

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Once again, Blogger is not letting me reply to comments on my own blog. O_o

@ Fishcake: Truely epic would be dressing up your dolls in period costume and having some of those little clothespin head dolls dressed up for a BJD fashion party! 

1 comment:

  1. That is so cool! Making mini versions seem like a great way to see what the finished garment would look like too!

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