The Metropolitan Museum of Art had a short-lived project with the Alexander Doll Company that featured costumed dolls drawn from the museum's collections. The project was under their "Met Kids" - which was available online and through their gift shop. The dolls represent two period costumed dolls released in 2013, and one in 2015. It would have been fascinating to develop the concept further, with a wealth of costume archives to develop. I'm guessing the change of Alexander Doll Company owners at this time brought the project to an end.
The first doll created by the Alexander Doll Company available through the Met referred to as French Fashion "1774" was available in 2013. This doll was interpreted from another doll from the citizens of France to the United States following WWII. Following the concepts developed for 1946 touring "Théâtre De La Mode," this 1948 costume was designed by the French couturier Jean Dessès (1904-1970.) The theme of the project was the evolution of the 200 years of French fashion. The couture house lavished the same skill and attention to detail as their full-sized counterparts. In 1949, France donated the set of French fashion dolls to the Brooklyn Museum. In 2009, the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection came to the Metropolitan Museum.
Théâtre De La Mode, NYC 1946
Also made available by the Alexander Doll Company in 2013 for the Metropolitan Museum, "Summer Promenade" is based on a promenade dress (American 1862-64) in the collection of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum. The two-piece gown, made of white cotton pique trimmed with black soutache braid, is created in miniature for 10 inch “Cissette.” In the 1860s, women's dresses significantly increased in volume and became supported by hoops. These kinds of gowns were worn outdoors in parks and for summer promenades. As shown here, this became the classic "southern belle" look forever established by Scarlett and Gone With the Wind.
Created by the Alexander Doll Company for the Metropolitan Museum in 2015, the "Belle Époque" 1888 gown is an opulent afternoon dress from the museum's collection. Produced in France in 1888, the original dress bears the label of the couturier, Charles Fredrick Worth. English (1825-1895) with a Paris atelier, Worth created the most prestigious apparel of the period. The two-piece dress is made of brown silk faille and trimmed with brown and gold metallic "passementerie." In this period the bustle silhouette reached its maximum dimensions. This elegant “Cissette” celebrates a lavish era as embodied by the renowned House of Worth.
NEW COSTUME INSTITUTE EXHIBIT
In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection
Metropolitan Museum - November, 2019
The exhibition, In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, will include 80 of Mrs. Schreier’s 165 promised gifts, covering 96 years of fashion history. The oldest item on view will be a 1908 illustration of a Paul Poiret ensemble; the newest will be a 2004 Philip Treacy hat.
Some of her acquisitions include pieces from Fortuny, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, and Jeanne Lanvin, not to mention over 100 pieces of Schiaparelli, some of which had been previously lent to the museum for its 2012 Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit.
Dollhouse for the Runway
There is no such thing as "too extra" when Haute Couture season rolls around each year, so when Dior's held its autumn/winter 2019 Dior Couture show, the brand brought its House of Dior to life—literally. One model walked down the runway in a gold box that appeared to be a replica of Dior's Paris maison. Underneath the gold Dior house, the model's body was covered by a mesh body stocking and fishnet veil.
COUTURE DOLLS 2019
East 59th Capsule Doll Collection
The girls of East 59th continue their foray in the world of 1950's fashion, working for one of the most high-profile agencies of the time! This capsule collection brings us some truly outstanding dolls, meticulously created to celebrate the style and elegance of 1950's New York fashion scene!
Be they financiers, scientific eco-explorers, high-profile photo-journalists, social influencers, tech titans or debonair philanthropists, these men join their forces at a super exclusive social club called "The Monarch"; a gathering place for business, ideas, networking and more that has been around for more than three generations already! The members who are part of this institution call themselves "THE MONARCHS" and this is their story!