The Theatre de la Mode Fashion Dolls

There’s another story from doll history similar to the story of the BIld Lilli dolls that I’d like to share with you today. This time its the wonderful story of The Theatre de la Mode Fashion Dolls.

The Theatre de la Mode Fashion Dolls

A display of Theatre de la Mode Fashion Dolls at the Maryhill Museum of Art

France had been liberated, although WWII was not yet over, and Paris, at one time the capital of the Fashion Industry was struggling to pick up the pieces. Out of the ashes that was Paris arose a little flicker of the flame of fashion. From pieces of hoarded and hidden fabrics and leathers, painstakingly hand stitched using the simplest of wire dolls (for there were no other materials in wartime Paris with which dolls could be made!) came the rebirth of the French Fashion industry.

Photo by Glen Bledsoe A different collection of the Theatre de la Mode Fashion Dolls

Photo by Glen Bledsoe A different collection of the Theatre de la Mode Fashion Dolls

For several centuries French Fashion dolls had been dressed in the latest fashions and sent abroad so that orders could be placed, or designs could be copied – so too in 1946, The exhibition of The Theatre de la Mode Fashion Dolls would tour cities across the Atlantic, and ultimately prove to the world that French Fashion was back!

The dolls were approx 27 inches tall with plaster heads. There were approximately 230 dressed dolls.

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