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In Memoriam Eloise Goodreau

Eloise Goodreau died Nov. 7 at the age of 88 in her home in Houston, Texas, surrounded by her family. A memorial was held Nov. 18 in Dallas, but the doll world will sorely miss and long remember Eloise “Mom” Goodreau. She was a familiar face in the doll community for decades. Her twinkling blue eyes, gray hair, and welcoming smile was a familiar sight at major doll events, invariably in the company of her daughters, Mary Goodreau, Annette J. Goodreau, and Paulette A. Goodreau, gaining them the nickname The Goodreau Clan. It was Eloise who first embraced dolls...

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Who is Vita Richards?

Vita is, of course, a doll manufactured by Horsman Ltd. She was sculpted by Dorinda Balanecki and her jointing, unique in the fashion-doll world, was designed by Kenneth Young. Urban Vita burst on the fashion-doll scene with an open and joyful personality at a time when many dolls were pouting, a few even going so far as to snarl! Along with her friendly face, she possessed an ability to assume human poses which delighted the collector market. Her body style allowed her to share clothing with most of the dolls on the market at the time, which was a...

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Do Clothes Make the Woman?

“Women in Pants,” by Catherine Smith and Cynthia Graig Dr. Mary Walker (1832-1919) was the first woman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for her work as a commissioned surgeon during the American Civil War. A strong proponent of women’s rights, she wore male attire throughout most of her life and was once arrested for doing so, as reported in the New York Times’ June 6, 1866, edition. Thilges re-created Dr. Mary Walker’s bloomer or reform costume from a photo taken around 1886. Often called “the forgotten women of the American Civil war,” female vivandière or cantineers dressed in...

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History of Fashion Dolls – Origins of Chic Part 1

Classic 10-Inch Revlon Doll – The classic “Little Miss Revlon” has rooted Saran hair and wears a gown made of taffeta and tulle with a lace overlay on the bodice. A very popular doll, she had more than a hundred different outfits in her day! Cissy Starts a Trend – Madame Alexander’s Cissy started the modern fashion-doll revolution in 1955. Cissy set the standard for fashion dolls at the time with her “grown-up” bust and feet sculpted to wear high heels. Uneeda Fashion Doll – This all-original doll is marked VT 18 — the same markings as the Revlon...

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A Fairy Tale Vocation: Nancy Wiley combines love of dolls, books

“Little Red Riding Hood” by The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Nancy Wiley. Wiley posed her handmade dolls in front of painted backdrops to illustrate her edition of “Little Red Riding Hood” by The Brothers Grimm. Photos courtesy of Nancy Wiley Wiley hand-painted the cast resin dolls she used to illustrate “Little Red Riding Hood.” “Red Riding Hood” is an 11-inch doll with bendable arms and hand-painted costume. “Wolf” is a 13-inch doll with faux fur, bendable arms and head, and hand-painted costume. Both dolls are available in limited editions of 200 priced at $350. Nancy Wiley signs copies of her “Little Red Riding Hood” book at the launch party. Photo by Michele Kisley Artist and dollmaker Nancy Wiley admits to having very focused goals, even from a very young age. “I was very single minded from the time I was little,” she said. “Drawing and making things was all I did.” But as she pursued an education in illustration (she graduated from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design), she always saw herself becoming a children’s book illustrator. “I really love fairy tales and children’s literature,” said Wiley, 48. She especially admired the work of illustrators Arthur Rackham and Maurice Sendak. “My artistic journey has certainly followed a circuitous route,” Wiley added, who lives in Canandaiga, N.Y., with her husband and two children. “I was sidetracked — it was...

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Maggie Made in Mini Mode

New from Maggie Made Dolls, Satine is part of a 60-piece limited edition and priced at $950. Maggie Made’s latest creative project started out on a small scale … literally. Maggie Iacono—always searching for new ways to delight her collectors—designed five tiny doll dresses, only 2 inches in size. “She added all her touches, in miniature of course,” relates Tony Iacono, Maggie’s husband, business partner and chief doer of whatever needs doing. “Dyed the felt all the right shades. Had me cut out the thousands of little pieces that went on them and then it was off to the...

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