Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Something's Got To Give with Gene



I have always thought this fur-trimmed ensemble from the unfinished Marilyn Monroe film "Something's Got To Give" was ultra chic. When Diane Wagner agreed to recreate it for me, I was so excited to have Gene model it that I did a quick photo session. I was not so excited about the result. The photos just seemed lackluster.

Enter Kathy Johnson, hairstylist supreme.

She spruced up the same wig and voila, Gene has got her oomph back. The added diamond pin didn't hurt, either.



Her feet were tired from posing so she had to sit down.



Wearing a new Jamieshow wig called The Hutton which was a prize I received from the AWESOME Studio Commissary!:



The fur hat that goes with this ensemble looks much better with a less poofy hairdo:



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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pioneer Women



In Season 1, episode 25 of "I Love Lucy" titled "Pioneer Women," Lucy and Ethel revolt against housework and want modern conveniences, specifically a dishwasher. Their husbands refuse, betting that they can survive longer than the girls without using anything invented after 1900, including electricity. The Franklin Mint released an outfit representing the checkered shirt, jeans, and apron that Lucille Ball wore during this episode.



The highlight of the episode is when Lucy attempts to bake a loaf of bread from scratch, using 13 cakes of yeast instead of the 3 that the recipe calls for.



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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy July 4th from J'Adore!



No other Gene Marshall outfit is quite so perfect for July 4th as Stand Up and Cheer by Dolly Cipolla.



This circa 1944 costume released in 1999 also came with a festive "noisemaker."



J'Adore does a wonderful job modeling this holiday ensemble. Happy 4th to all!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Midnight Gamble: Who Wears It Better?



1998's Midnight Gamble is a beautiful circa 1953 outfit by Doug James. The beaded jacket reminds me of Judy Garland, who often wore similar garments for her concerts.

The dress underneath does very well on its own. Here, Gene raises an arm to her fans.



These first three photos show the original doll paired with this outfit.



Using one of the new wig caps from the Le Jazz Hot Convention in Chicago, J'Adore Gene steals the outfit from her Ashton Drake counterpart.



So who do you think wears it better? J'Adore seems ready challenge you if you choose otherwise!



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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Deja Vu: Dramatic Entrance



I was pleasantly surprised by this Tonner outfit for their Deja Vu line. It actually looks as good in person as the photos. Other than the typical white stitching on black fabric, I found very little to nitpick over. Black Lipstick Gene Marshall models the 1920's era dress and coat which is very reminiscent of Cruella de Vil.



The location is West Hollywood's historic 1929 El Mirador Apartments. These shots could not be duplicated today, as the place is all boarded up.



If you are interested in buying this outfit from Tonner, just be aware that the dress is a bit tight in back. I was able to get it to button, but it took a lot of stretching.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Bride of Tommy



I have subscribed to a blog called Tommydoll. Each one of Tommy's posts are typically long but they are well worth the time it takes to read (don't skim!). Informative, funny, and a doll collector's dream. Most of his posts detail the outfits that he creates by hand. The planning and detailing that goes into each one of his creations is amazing. On his latest post, I was blown away by the wedding dress that a client commissioned him to make. I was even more astounded that the client changed his mind at the end and decided that they didn't want it. Yup. If you are fortunate, you could be the owner of this sumptuous bridal ensemble. Read all about it at Tommy's Blog: http://tommydoll.com/2015/06/10/the-art-of-the-bride/

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Friday, June 5, 2015

The Arrival of Black Lipstick



Yesterday, the much anticipated 20th Anniversary Gene Marshall Black Lipstick arrived. I don't think I have ever unpacked and photographed a doll so quickly.



LOVE her facepaint. The makeup seems a bit heavier, more reminiscent of the Integrity days, and that is exactly what I was hoping for. Even the eyelashes seem fuller…still in scale, but thicker. Hey Tonner! Pay attention! Good 16" doll lashes do exist.



My one wish would have been for the skin tone to be a bit lighter; less gray and more milky. Still, she photographs like a dream.





She looks fantastic with raven hair, too. I will definitely be doing a lot more photos of her wearing darker wigs.



What is next for Gene? Who knows, but in this shot she is definitely looking forward to it!



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