Sunday, April 7, 2013

History of Fashion Dolls: Denise Boulet, Zelda, Queen Victoria


The Victorian Era, Edwardian Times and The Roaring 20¹s all have a special place in history especially when it comes to the influence each period had over fashion. All three of these significant times in history produced remarkable women of fashion who have now been made into Madame Alexander Dolls including Denise Boulet, Zelda and Queen Victoria.

Denise Boulet was an enormous influence on the fashion of her day. She was the wife and muse of designer of Paul Poiret (late 19th century-early 20th century), the Oscar de la Renta of his day. She is a 10-inch fully articulated Cissette with brown eyes, upswept brunette hair, wearing a deep plum, floor length sheath embellished with black and gold lace and purple bugle beads at the bodice. Over the sheath she wears an olive green satin, kimono style coat, a bold geometric pattern belt made from purple and gold brocade accentuating the waist of the dress. A gold and iridescent purple beaded headband decorates her head and a sparkling purple and green crystal necklace with matching earrings adds even more flair to the chicness of Denise Boulet¹s ensemble, which is finished by purple pumps with small gold bows and nude pantyhose. This is a limited edition doll to 250 pieces retailing for $159.95. The doll can be purchased at http://www.madamealexander.com

 Zelda is a 10-inch fully articulated Cissette with blue eyes and a side-parted short blonde bob wearing a purple satin drop waist dress. The 20¹s inspired dress is overlaid with silver and lavender mesh with a purple chiffon bow on the side of her waist. Silver pearl earrings and matching bracelet go beautifully with the dress, as does her white cloche hat and silver lace fingerless gloves. Strappy silver pumps and nude pantyhose complete Zelda¹s 20¹s outfit. This is a limited edition doll to 250 pieces retailing for $159.95. The doll can be purchased at http://www.madamealexander.com

Queen Victoria, having sat on the throne for 63 years, is the longest reigning monarch in British history. She set the tone for many aspects of British life but none more so than Šfashion. She is a 10-inch fully articulated Cissette with blue eyes, center-parted brunette hair that¹s pulled back to a low bun at the nape, and is presented this year as a magnificent bride. As such she is dressed in a sumptuous gown of white satin that has a full skirt, a fitted bodice and full flounced sleeves. White lace accentuates the neckline, the hem and the edge of the sleeves. Her veil is an appealing combination of lace and netting while the elegant, white satin train of the gown is embellished with an embroidered white and green rococo trim at the hem. Her jewelry, fit for a queen, includes an elaborate ³Collar of the Order of the Garter² necklace, a white rhinestone necklace and gold pendant and white rhinestone earrings. Beneath the gown she wears a white taffeta petticoat trimmed with lace, lace-trimmed white pantaloons, thigh high white stockings and white pumps. A crown of Œorange blossoms¹ sitting upon her regal head completes the bridal portrait of Queen Victoria. This is a limited edition doll to 250 pieces retailing for $249.95. The doll can be purchased at http://www.madamealexander.com

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