Theatre de la Mode, Fashion Dolls: Survival of Haute Couture

Ann Williamson Design today blogged about the Maryhill Spring Tea — Maryhill is an art museum about 2 hours east of Portland OR, on the hills of the Columbia River. Among the various collections is one of note to anybody interested in fashion / haute couture: Theatre de la Mode — an amazing collection of 27″ wire frame dolls clothed in designer garments from just after World War II. Paris was still the centre of fashion but without the supplies to do runway shows, the designers, in conjunction with other artists and designers, created this amazing display to showcase their collections.

Evening wear:
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Day Clothes:
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And accessories (these shoes are to scale: ~ 2.5″ in length) constructed with amazing accuracy
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If you’re ever in the Portland area, it’s worth the side trip to see this collection!

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2 thoughts on “Theatre de la Mode, Fashion Dolls: Survival of Haute Couture

    • Yes I have – it’s a wonderful experience. The tiny garments are exquisitely constructed. What’s on display at any given time is about 1/3 of the collection, but it’s worth seeing.

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