Monday, May 25, 2015

Trent as Major E. Laine

This outfit from 2005's Decade of Dreams convention is called Major E. Laine and was released with a doll in a limited edition of 250. Modeled by Jamieshow's Trent, he is ready for service!

From the story card:

Ah, 1951! That was the year I had the privilege of starring once more with my dearest Gene Marshall in I’ll Take Manhattan. It was a fun film where I got to romance Gene as Major Eric Laine.

“Major E. Laine” was one of my favorite roles of my post-war pictures. Audiences flocked to the theater to see not only whether “Honey” would conquer the fashion world up against “Lotta”—but to see her up against the Major in those romantic scenes I’m so terribly good in.

In addition, this movie contains one of my favorite “in-jokes” of all time. I’m sure you’ll all agree! You see, in a flashback sequence, heroine “Honey” meets up with Major E. Laine, an old family friend, during the war. After a bit of small talk, she notices the back of his flight jacket, which is emblazoned with a pin-up picture of a beautiful maiden and the words, “Our Gal, Gene!”

“Who’s that?” a wide-eyed “Honey” asks.

“Our ‘mascot’! You know—that beautiful actress, Gene Marshall.”

“Never heard of her,” “Honey” replies.

And the dead-pan look on her face made usually “One-Take” me break up so much we had to do TEN takes before I could get it right!

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

All Glammed Up: 20 Years of Gene

Last night in Chicago, the 20th Anniversary Gene Marshall doll was unveiled and she's a stunner. Black Lipstick was unveiled with a black and white video; when the video went to color, and the doll stayed in the same unsaturated tones, the gasps from the audience revealed that she was indeed a Gray Lady! The last Gray Lady Gene was released in 2007, and she is a highly coveted doll, often fetching thousands of dollars when she comes up for sale (which is rare). The first photo is by George Gonzalez.

In honor of Gene's birthday, I did a little photo session using J'Adore, wearing a wig cap styled by Kathy Johnson. She is dressed in the Ivy Jordan Integrity outfit from 2009, "All Glammed Up."

Based on a Jean Louis outfit worn by Joan Crawford in 1955's "Queen Bee," it is truly a dress for drama.

Here are some of the other gems from the "Le Jazz Hot" Jamieshow Convention with photos by George Gonzalez. A nod to Lauren Bacall:

Wearing a lavender version of the same gown:


Trent in gray:


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