Thursday, April 27, 2017

Traveling 1940's Style

Whether by train, boat, or plane...the women of the 1940's traveled in high style. Hats and gloves accessorized the impeccably tailored suits and dresses of the well-dressed traveler. So leave those jeans and sweats behind and join two of the stars of Monolithic Studios on a journey of style.

A smart suit ensemble worn by film star Gene Marshall.
The re-styled jacket, borrowed from J'Adore Gene Marshall, is paired with a black skirt from Sandra Stillwell. Her uniquely shaped, off-the-face, tweed hat from The Couture Touch is in the mood of the moment and complements her fabulous pompadour hairstyle. Scarf is from Mattel. Gloves are from Ashton Drake. Handbag is from Robert Tonner. Earrings and bracelet are from an unknown designer. Brooch is from Facets by Marcia

Director Ivy Jordan 
A sharply tailored suit shows it's soft side with touches of white and taupe. Hat and muff are from Mattel. Scarf and earrings are from The Couture Touch. Gloves and brooch are from Integrity. Suit is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.

A quartet of fabulous 1940's travel suits.
Photo courtesy Jelena Zivkovic @ Belgrade Photo History

Gene Marshall appears courtesy Ashton Drake.
Moss Rose Ivy Jordan is from Integrity.
J'Adore Gene Marshall is a FDQ Exclusive from JamieShow.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Utility Chic

From war-time London, 1940's.....

Autumn 1944
The interplay of seams, pockets, and pleats were the hallmark of the British utility suit during WWII. Wartime shortages and rationing gave rise to this functional yet stylish, well-cut, and well-made design. The tailored silhouette featured a longer length jacket with boxy square, padded shoulders and a slightly nipped-in waist paired with a shorter, just below-the-knee skirt.

A model checks out the new utility suit.
Photo by James Jarche for The Daily Herald. Courtesy Granny Chic Gal

Miss Gene Marshall
American film star Gene Marshall shows off her utility chic by pairing a striped linen skirt with the smartly tailored, fur-trimmed jacket from D.A.E. Originals' "Business Class" ensemble. Felt tilt topper and skirt are from The Couture Touch. Scarf is from Mattel. Purse is from PD Root. Shoes and gloves are from Integrity.

Gene Marshall

Spring suits in soft boucle wool, Spring 1942.

For the home seamstress, a sewing pattern for the new longer length tailored jacket and an alternative version with short sleeves, perfect for Spring.

A trio of war-time suits featured in the September 1941 issue of Vogue Pattern Book.

London, 1940's. Understated elegance against a backdrop of ruins.
Lee Miller photo courtesy Vintage Everyday

"Fashion is Indestructible"
Digby Morton suit. Cecil Beaton photo. London, 1941.

Fashion in the Forties by Julian Robinson.
British Vogue, Autumn Forecast and Fabrics with Vogue Pattern Book supplement, September 1941.

Gene Marshall is the incomparable "Symphony in G" by Ashton Drake. Body by Integrity.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Ann Miller in her Easter bonnet, circa 1947.
Photo courtesy

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Step into Spring....

with a stylish trio of daytime fashions.

White Orchid Gene Marshall
Monolithic Studios' star Miss Gene Marshall wears a reproduction of a Theatre de la Mode Paquin design by Robert Tonner, circa 1946.  "Portland" is a rich brown linen dress accented with a white collar and banding detailing. A marvelous, matching, off-the-face breton hat highlights Miss Marshall's lovely features. The embroidered gloves, train case, and chair are from Ashton Drake.

Paquin, 1946
Photo by David Seidner.

Caribbean Kiss Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall chooses a sleek dress style, based on a 1945 Vogue sewing pattern, in a delightful abstract print. OOAK dress, hat, and gloves are from The Couture Touch. Shoes are from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.  Fur muff and jewels are from PD Root.

Buenos Aires Victoire Roux
Victoire Roux
With a nod to Barbie's original "Career Girl" (1963-64), Joshard creates a smart suit ensemble worn by fashion diva Victoire Roux. Topping the ensemble is a divine hat from The Couture Touch. Poodle is from Randall Craig. Chair is from Retros by Liz Cole.

The Models:
White Orchid Gene Marshall, wearing the Hutton auburn wigcap, is from JamieShow.
Caribbean Kiss Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake. Hair restyled by The Couture Touch.
Buenos Aires Victoire Roux is from Integrity.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Ride in the Park....Jacket Required

Victoire Roux
A vintage find....the classic, fitted, checked jacket from Barbie's "Riding in the Park" #1668 (1966-67) ensemble. A must-have for any era. Victoire Roux pulls this smart 1940's look together with the addition of a dramatic topper borrowed from Miss Gene Marshall. Jacket and scarf  are from Mattel. Fur is from P.D.Root. Hat, skirt, and jewelry are from The Couture Touch. Buenos Aires Victoire Roux is from Integrity.

A Ride in the Park

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In a Surreal State of Mind

Midnight Gamble Gene Marshall
Inspired by the delightful "Beignets and Coffee" ensemble from Sandra Stillwell's The Belle of New Orleans 2016 Event, Miss Gene Marshall asked her personal stylist to update her houndstooth top to reflect the whimsical surrealism of the original design. OOAK top, hat, and earrings are from The Couture Touch. Skirt is from Sandra Stillwell. Fur, belt, gloves, and feather-trimmed handbag are from Ashton Drake. Bracelet is from Facets by Marcia.

Beignets and Coffee
Inspired by this San nicholas design.
Photos courtesy Sandra Stillwell Presents.....

Blue Fox Gene Marshall
Unusual jewelry adds a playful touch to Miss Marshall's tailored suit ensemble. The restyled tweed jacket is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection. OOAK hat, gloves, and jewelry are from The Couture Touch. Scarf and skirt are from Sandra Stillwell. Walking stick is from Ashton Drake.

Elsa Schiaparelli
The 20th Century avant-garde cultural movement known as Surrealism impacted art, literature, and even fashion. Designer Elsa Schiaparelli used whimsical, playful elements in her fashion and accessories. From jacket pockets that resemble bureau drawers complete with drawer pulls to hats in the shape of a shoe or lamb chop, she delighted in using everyday objects in unexpected ways. Even her jewelry designs often included a garden variety of forms that became the hallmark of a Schiaparelli creation.

Blue Belle Gene Marshall
Fanciful butterflies accent a luscious pink wool cocktail suit just in time for Spring. OOAK suit, wrap, reversible hat, gloves and jewelry are all from The Couture Touch.

Miss Gene Marshall

Midnight Gamble, Blue Fox, and Blue Belle (enhanced with an Integrity articulated body) Gene Marshall are all from Ashton Drake.

Click HERE for availability and ordering information on Sandra Stillwell's fashions.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Springtime Memories

Miss Madra Lord
A change of accessories gives this dreamy gown from Ashton Drake's 2004 "Night Memories" Madra Lord costume a breath of Spring. The flowers from the original hat were used to embellish the dramatic straw hat with leopard crown as well as the waistline of the dress. The marvelous hat was borrowed from Barbie's Hollywood Movie Star Collection "Day in the Sun" ensemble by Mattel. Gloves and earrings are from Ashton Drake. "Gemstones" highlight the gold tone cuff from Integrity.

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord

"Night Memories" Madra Lord was designed by Jose Ferrand, circa 1937.
Photo courtesy Gene Marshall Wiki

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Good-Bye New York

Photo courtesy Gene Marshall
In 1941, a beautiful young blonde (along with her childhood teddy bear) boarded a train to Hollywood wearing a smart two-piece, fur-trimmed suit. The original "Good-Bye New York" costume was designed by Doug James for Ashton Drake's 1995 Gene Marshall Collection. It included a matching fur-trimmed hat and muff, red jersey top and gloves, jewelry, hosiery, shoes, signature hat box, and teddy bear.

Monolithic Studios' Director Ivy Jordan
Different accessories transform the iconic travel suit in dramatic fashion. The original red jersey top was replaced with the scarf from Sandra Stillwell's "Lunch with Luciano" costume. OOAK topper and coordinating gloves are from The Couture Touch. Shoes are from Integrity.

Miss Ivy Jordan
More than any other fashion accessory, the hat has the ability to completely change the appearance of a garment.

Miss Gene Marshall
Miss Madra Lord

So what else was in style for 1941?

Photo courtesy
This vintage Finneys' Department Store ad that appeared in The Telegraph, an Australian newspaper, shows the wide variety of styles available in 1941. Illustrated from top to bottom: A navy felt with pheasant feather, a large-brimmed brown felt accented with white bows and bandeau, a jaunty black with leopard brim, a two-tone felt in black & kasha with veiling, a black halo, and a moss green felt with brown chenille veiling.

Gene Marshall

The models in order of appearance: 

Pearls and Pink Ivy Jordan courtesy Integrity.
Destiny Gene Marshall courtesy Ashton Drake.
Night Memories Madra Lord and Blue Belle Gene Marshall, both enhanced with Integrity articulated bodies, appear courtesy Ashton Drake.

OOAK hats and gloves are from The Couture Touch.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Inspiring Paper Doll Fashions: 1940's

From Hollywood movie stars to the Sunday funnies, paper dolls and their fabulous fashions provide a great source of style inspiration. During last September's Milan Fashion Week, Moschino delighted patrons with a paper doll inspired fashion show, complete with human sized paper tabs.

(Picture: Estrop/Getty Images)

Judy Garland, circa 1940's, courtesy

Eleanor Parker, late 1940's, Dover

Miss Fury, 1942 courtesy gabipaperdolls
Miss Fury, aka Marla Drake, was an early comic book heroine created by
June Tarpe Mills. It ran from 1941 - 1952.

Tillie the Toiler was a newspaper comic strip created by
Russ Westover and ran from 1921 - 1959.

From the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency set of 6 models, early 1940's, designed by Ruth Wood.
#981 Whitman Publishing.
Courtesy Marges8's Blog

Ella's 1940's fashion courtesy gabipaperdolls.
I love how this one includes a change of hairstyles. Hmm...remind you of anyone?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Gene Gambles on Houndstooth for 1940's Afternoon Style

Midnight Gamble Gene Marshall
A simply smart two-piece ensemble with subtle applique detailing is poised to take Miss Marshall through a busy afternoon. A black and cream houndstooth, peplum-style top accented with tiny floral appliques re-cycled from vintage veiling is layered over a black skirt from Sandra Stillwell. Hat is from PD Root. Fur, gloves, and belt are from Ashton Drake. Shoes and earrings are from Integrity. OOAK top is from The Couture Touch.

Midnight Gamble Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gene Marshall: Ready for Her Close-up

Gene Marshall

Wearing a gown by Lynne Day and coiffed by the wig maker to the stars Ilaria Mazzoni, Monolithic Studios' darling Miss Gene Marshall is ready for Hollywood's big night.


Gloves and gown, with the bow removed, are from the 2000 Retailer Exclusive Doll "Encore" designed by Lynne Day, circa 1947. Corsage is from "Love After Hours". Fur muff is from "Stolen Moments". All from Ashton Drake. Earrings are from The Couture Touch.

White Orchid Gene Marshall is from JamieShow.

Wig is from Time of Doll.