Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gene Marshall Does Her Part For Victory

1940's store window display featuring Gene Marshall mannequins.

Miss Marshall lends her star power to promote patriotism by preserving valuable resources while building a stylish wardrobe. From updating existing pieces to creative accessorizing, the women of the 1940's were encouraged to do their part for victory.

Update a classic jacket with a new skirt made from old trousers.

Add interest with clever trimming.


Miss Marshall's jacket, gloves, and handbag are from Ashton Drake. Skirt, turban, scarf, and brooch are from The Couture Touch. Halo hat is from Mattel. Fur is from PD Root. Love, Paris doll and Filigree Gene head are from Ashton Drake. Green suede tilt topper is from The Couture Touch. "Alligator" train case is from Robert Tonner.

Build Your Own Wardrobe was published by The American Thread Company, New York, 1943.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Change a Suit.....to suit any Occasion

It's time to fall in love all over again. Little worn fashion pieces can often be easily transformed to give them new life. Consider the original Sparkling Sepia suit from Integrity Toys.

Even a small change, such as removing the jacket collar, can yield a smart, versatile, and sophisticated new look.  Miss Gene Marshall, Monolithic Studios' star extraordinaire, models Sparkling Sepia restyled for the late 1930's period.

Fur-trimmed and fabulous! Miss Marshall is perfectly attired for an elegant dinner for two. The fur trim was recycled from A Woman for all Seasons suit. The removable trim is attached with a couple of Gene hat pins for added versatility. Floral hat is from First Stop Chicago, and cigarette holder is from Anything but Nice; all from Ashton Drake. Brooch is from Mattel, and gloves are from The Couture Touch.

A marvelous fur cape from Affordable Designs by Denis Bastien adds drama to this sophisticated traveling ensemble. Teal scarf with attached brooch is from the FAO Schwartz Exclusive Warmest Wishes by Ashton Drake. Hat, gloves, and belt are from The Couture Touch.

For weekends in the country, the skirt from Sparkling Sepia is paired with the top from Ashton Drake's A Lady Knows. The neckline detail was made from the original jacket collar. Brooch is from Robert Tonner. Fur is from Sparkling Seduction by Ashton Drake. Hat, gloves, and belt are from The Couture Touch. Handbag is from an unknown designer.


  • Star Entrance Gene Marshall is from Integrity.
  • Love, Paris Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake. She is wearing the Contessa wig from Monique in chestnut brown, size 5-6. Wigs and other doll accessories are available at the Facets Boutique.

Star Entrance Gene Marshall

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An Updated Suit for the New Season

And a new personality to go with her new clothes achieved by a smart new coiffure.

Gene Marshall
A fresh look at an old yet favorite suit for those cool, crisp Autumn days ahead. "Reporter In Red" suit is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. Hat, belt, and jewels are from The Couture Touch. Scarf is from Mattel and gloves from D.A.E. Originals.  Hello Hollywood, Hello Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake. Her new, curly coif is courtesy Monique's Brittany wig in Light Ginger, size 5-6.

Wigs along with other doll accessories are available to purchase at the Facets Boutique.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Gene's Rejuvenating Day at the Salon

This is a story of a beautiful star saddened by her ever increasing sallow body. With options dwindling, what's a gal to do? A day at the salon for a body transplant might just be the answer.

Ready for her treatment to begin.
Photo courtesy History in Photos
Beginning the face softening procedure. 
Photo courtesy Mashable

And in no time, Miss Marshall emerges refreshed with a new and improved body. Not only does she look and move like a supermodel but even thinks she's a bit taller. And her skintone is just the way she likes it. Now she is off in search of the perfect fashion for her new look.

Charmed Traveler by D.A.E. Originals
Hat and belt are from The Couture Touch. Gloves and bracelet are from Ashton Drake. Shoes and "alligator" train case are from Robert Tonner. Circa late 1940's.

Feather in Her Hat from the Anne Harper Collection
by Robert Tonner
Jewels, gloves, and phone are from Ashton Drake. Circa 1940's.

A Woman of Means from Sandra Stillwell's Hollywood Ahoy Event
Hat is from The Couture Touch, fur from Mattel, and shoes from Robert Tonner.  Jewels and gloves are from Ashton Drake. Scottie dog is from PD Root. Circa 1930's.

Ahh...There is nothing like a day at the salon!
Photo by Nina Leen for Time.
Now she just needs some more clothes. Oh, wardrobe......


  • Essentially Gene Blush is from Integrity. (Photo courtesy Gene Marshall Wikia.) 
  • Miss Marshall's custom hairstyle is from Jim Gaddis.
  • Vita replacement body for Gene Marshall is from Horsman.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Society Column

"Constance Morgan is young, rich, and a little spoiled. Mayhem ensues, when on a lark, she takes over the society column at a newspaper owned by her best friend's father." Thus is the premise of Monolithic Studios' 1941 comedy starring Gene Marshall as Constance Morgan and Ivy Jordan, stepping in for Madra Lord who developed a case of laryngitis, as best friend Edna Black.

Smart and stylish suits are the costumes of choice for our incomparable leading ladies.

Miss Gene Marshall
High style is the headline of the day. A marvelous black suede topper accented with Persian lamb add drama to Miss Marshall's ensemble. Suit, hat, and color-blocked gauntlet gloves are from The Couture Touch. Fur stole is from Integrity. Scarf is from Mattel. Cigarette holder is from Mystyna.

Miss Ivy Jordan
Miss Jordan is all business wearing a sharply tailored, pin-striped suit from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. Accessories include a delightful striped tilt hat with matching gloves, and a blouse accented with an oversized bow; all from The Couture Touch. Fur is from PD Root. Handbag is from Ashton Drake.


White Orchid Gene Marshall is from JamieShow.
Moss Rose Ivy Jordan is from Integrity.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

More Scene Stealing Fashion for Fall, 1940s

Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall's Town and Country suit becomes a show stopper with the addition of a fabulous suede tilt topper accented with vintage feather detailing. There were many hat styles during the 1940's, but none more sophisticated than the tilt topper. The traditional topper was a stiff silk hat worn by men for formal day and evening occasions. Milliners took the distinctive style and fashioned it for women in various fabrications and trims.

Photo by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1946.
A Regency Dandy Suit, designed by Morris Kraus for the Suit Salon at Bonwit Teller in New York, is topped with a marvelous tilt hat with a unique crown shape. A simple, narrow hat band and veiling complete this smart style.

Gene Marshall
The same topper gives chic distinction to the dress from It's A Cinch. Additional accessories include gloves from D.A.E. Originals, bracelet from Ashton Drake, handbag from PD Root, and belt from The Couture Touch.

For more on tilt hats, you may also enjoy the following posts from the archives:
Tilt Hats, Part 1
Tilt Hats, Part 2

A 1940's Tilt Topper labeled NY Creations.
From the author's personal collection.


Shanghai Siren Gene Marshall, enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity, is from Ashton Drake.

"Town and Country" suit ensemble and "It's A Cinch" fashion are from Integrity. Additional accessories for Miss Marshall's updated "Town and Country" look include leather gloves and scarf from The Couture Touch.  Handbag is from Ashton Drake.

Miss Marshall's OOAK tilt topper is from The Couture Touch.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scene Stealing Fashion for Fall 1943

Miss Gene Marshall
Two legendary stars of Monolithic Studios show their distinctive fashion style just in time for Fall.

Gene Marshall
The accent is on high-style as Miss Marshall updates The Little Black Dress with striking accessorizing. Hat, gloves, corded handbag, belt, earrings, and shoulder cape are all from The Couture Touch. Cigarette holder is from Mystyna. Dress is from Ashton Drake.

Madra Lord
Doing Her Part to looking smart, Miss Lord pairs a classic, fitted jacket with a slim black skirt. Note the dashing accessories starring a simply chic hat. Jacket, gloves, handbag, and earrings are from Ashton Drake. Top and skirt are from Sandra Stillwell. Fur is from miniature furrier PD Root. Hat and brooch are from The Couture Touch.

Roll Credits:

Blue Belle Gene Marshall and Siren In the Night Madra Lord are from Ashton Drake. Both have been enhanced with an articulated body from Integrity.