Sunday, July 31, 2011

Simply Gene: Black is Beautiful

The Simply Gene line featured Gene Marshall with various hair colors, wearing different colors of the same bathing suit, based on an original 1950's costume presented courtesy of Valentino’s of Hollywood. This black version was released in 2000, worn by a platinum hair coiffed Gene. Today, Derby Dreams models this 2 piece costume.

From the story card:

Gene Marshall…the toast of the fashion world, a designer's delight…sat down at her mirrored vanity with an array of brushes, hairpins, bows, and curlers before her. She had a day off from her busy shooting schedule, and was enjoying the luxury of having a bit of fun. She brushed her healthy, silky hair until it was gleaming. She had to grow it out longer than usual for her role in her current film, and loved its supple, shining new length. Her hairdresser adored it too, saying that Gene’s hair was the most beautiful and easiest to work with out of all the other stars in Monolithic Studios.

Gene opened a fashion magazine to the page she wanted. It gave step-by-step instructions for a dashing new hairstyle that Gene admired and wanted to try on herself. With deft moves, and frequent checking of the magazine, Gene swept her hair up into a deceptively elaborate French twist, securely pinning up the heavy tresses and smoothing down stray flyaway wisps. Gene turned her head this way and that, checking the results in the mirror. “Not bad…not bad at all!” Gene smiled to herself, pleased with the handiwork. On impulse, she rose from the vanity and went to her wardrobe, pulling out a sumptuous ballgown, a cocktail dress, and an antique Victorian costume from one of her favorite roles. She tried them all on, modeling before the mirror, accessorizing and primping. She loved it when she could indulge in a little feminine fun and just be herself—simply Gene.

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1 comment:

  1. It's nice to know that somehow Gene still lives on. There must be a way to get this great concept back. Her styling -- clothes down to hairstyle and accessories, her brand, and the molding of her character were impeccably done! I wonder where all that talent (hairstyle, sculpting, dressmaking) behind Gene went. They're an asset to any doll company.