Take a Look at
Our October 2013 Issue...

During the reign of Napoleon III, the concept of Haute Couture emerged. Samy Odin article provides a look at an upcoming exhibit held at the Musée de la Poupée-Paris which explores doll clothing made during this era. A stellar highlight is "Andrée," pictured on our cover, a Bru whose wardrobe is believed to have been made by the House of Worth. Indeed her wardrobe displays characteristics of haute couture unequalled even by the famed ateliers of the era.

Because sewing and needle work were so esteemed, French toy makers took advantage of a ready market to create miniaturized nécessaries and étuis for dolls. Jan Peterson describes a slim volume entitled Le Trousseau de la Poupée purchased at a French auction. The charming story of a young girl named Manon who must demonstrate her talents as a seamstress in order to pass her exams is accompanied by a display of rare doll-sized sewing instruments. C'est magnifique!
We begin our coverage of the UFDC national competitive exhibits in this issue. Members were generous in bringing their rare dolls to the event, resulting in a fabulous display, which we are sure you will love, whether seeing it for the first time or revisiting this wonderful experience.
Seventeen years ago, Louis Cohorst decided to open a doll museum in a vacant Ben Franklin dimestore in Marysville, Kansas. A brave new venture as she had no experience in the museum field, she describes how she went about it and how her love of storytelling influenced her dioramas.
American-made dolls from the early 20th century still possess many secrets that add to our excitement of collecting. In her article Ursula Mertz shares some of her recent discoveries including a composition doll copied from a German bisque head doll, a look-a-like Shirley Temple doll, Little Annie Rooney and others.

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