Annabelle was a character from the 1951 book by Kate Smith “Kate Smith Stories of Annabelle”. Kate Smith, the singer and television performer, based this on the “Original Stories of Annabelle By Jane Gale”. This connection is another interesting example of how fast the Alexander Doll Company reacted to the doll market and production technology of this golden doll era.
Beatrice Alexander had the opinion that a doll was not a doll until it was delivered to, and in the hands and possession of a child. Her point of view in the design of her dolls was very specific. She understood her audience, and designed accordingly. Dolls from literary subjects were a particular favorite of hers, and provided a strong visual tie-in to popular literary characters of past and present.
1952, Annabelle was made for one year only, inspired by the stories of Annabelle written by the beloved singer and television performer Kate Smith.
The costume is tagged Kate Smith's Annabelle, Madame Alexander.
Madame Alexander, The Rodney Waller Collection: Part One
Sunday, January 13, 2019
9 AM. Preview of “Madame Alexander: The Rodney Waller Collection, Part One.”
11 AM. Auction of “Madame Alexander: The Rodney Waller Collection, Part One.”
Time has come for Beatrice Alexander, signature American dollmaker and designer, to take her rightful place among antique dolls. Nearly 90 years have passed since her dolls first appeared, and for more than a half century she stood as a symbol of excellence, ingenuity, and marketing mastery in the world of American dolls. Collector Rodney Waller noted this many years ago, and began a quest to find the rarest of the rarest of her dolls, prizing originality and excellence of condition as well as rarity. This is Part One of his two-part auction, featuring the cloth and composition dolls, 1930-1948, of Madame Alexander.
The Rodney Waller Collection:
Fashion Island Hotel
590 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, California
Netflix: Seven Days Out
The Making of a Dior Couture Fashion Show
Released on December 21, 2018
For the hour-long Netflix episode, Karl Lagerfeld, Virginie Viard, Amanda Harlech, and Chanel’s seamstresses allowed Rossi inside 31 Rue Cambon to witness the week leading up to the couture show. Sketches are delivered, petites mains are stitching about, and Lagerfeld is watching over it all with a discerning eye, signing off on each couture creation.
The TV show followed the lives of the Crawleys and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century. During its six-season run from 2010 to 2015, the series won 15 Emmy Awards and earned 69 Emmy nominations in total, making “Downton Abbey” the most-nominated non-U.S. TV show in the history of the Emmys.
Yves Saint Laurent Barbie by Mattel
While constantly in search of simplicity, each Yves Saint Laurent collection was also a chance to bring his dreams to life. Fascinated by different cultures, nostalgic of a ‘lost time,’ Saint Laurent came up with dresses that transported the public to an imaginary elsewhere, from Russia to China, from India to Morocco. He also developed numerous garments directly referencing the artists he admired such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Vincent Van Gogh, and of course Piet Mondrian. The international press was dazzled by Saint Laurent’s moving works of art. Diana Vreeland raved about them in the New York Times, deeming this “the best collection,”while Women’s Wear Daily called Saint Laurent the “king of Paris.”