Tea Parties and dolls have been a long time favorite for many generations… the years of production and the names of the dolls change, but the concept seems a natural fit. We write, discuss, and dissect all matter of topics about dolls - but what do they discuss between themselves and what secrets do they share? It’s all part of the mystery and magic that dolls evoke… are we sharing our world with them or are we looking into theirs?
Flowers used for hats and fashion accents have always been part of the many layers of the dolls of Madame Alexander. When “Cissy” came along, an era of floral prints became extremely popular in fashion and prominent in American decor and decorating. Being the fashion doll she is, “Cissy” was a reflection of these mid-century trends. So, with that thought, “Cissy’s” fashion garden is enhanced by her own gardening - the perfect backdrop to be fashionable.
Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace
July 20 through September 29
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth, and in honor of the milestone, Buckingham Palace is putting on a special exhibit highlighting the British monarch's life, and specifically, how she transformed the Palace "from a private house into a working royal residence."
Victoria was notably the first reigning British monarch to live in Buckingham Palace, taking up residence shortly after she ascended to the throne in July of 1837, and establishing a tradition that continues today with Queen Elizabeth. But, as the royal family's website puts it, Victoria's marriage to Prince Albert, and their growing family "soon showed up the Palace's shortcomings."
In his own way, the brilliant theater director Alex Timbers—whose work includes Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Here Lies Love, and, most recently, Beetlejuice—was born to reinvent Moulin Rouge! for the stage, as another generation of New York audiences will discover when his electrifying, eye-popping, and blissfully over-the-top adaptation of Luhrmann’s masterpiece opens on Broadway, after a smash run in Boston, this month.
“I’ve spent my life taking classics and interpreting them in radical ways,” Luhrmann says, “so how could I not applaud someone taking a work of mine and interpreting it in a radical way? You have to interpret things for the time and place you’re in. In the end, it’s still a tragic opera, but Alex applies himself to it in such a dexterous way that there’s irony and fun and music and emotion.”
THE FLOWERS AND FLORALS OF A FASHION GARDEN
Cissy has been the most charming model for the fashions of her era, reflecting the many trends that were part of this exuberant decade of change and evolution. The beautiful flowers for her hats, corsages and fashion accents came from the millenary showrooms of New York's Garment District. Madame bought end- bolts of fine fabrics from these Garment District jobbers for her dolls. The beautiful scaled floral prints are a reflection of a significant movement of this decade of florals used in fashion and in American decor and decoration - it was all coming together to create a fashion garden. CISSY… THE FLOWERS AND FLORALS OF A FASHION GARDEN (1955-1962) at the MADC 2019 Convention. madc.online