Undressing Dolls

Inspired by the article In 1995 I Fell in Love with a Doll, at Collector’s Quest, I now share with you my other lingerie passion: dolls.

Gene too was my first introduction to being a doll collector. Never before had I seen such amazing details (stockings with seams!), and pretty underthings aside from your basic fashion doll bra and panty sets (which typically look just like their bikinis and not lingerie to me).

My first doll was the Gene pin-up doll. Here a dark haired vixen wears the stunning vintage lingerie I covet: a black satin bustier teddy with pink ribbon lacing up the back — complete with sheer peignoir and ribbon strapped black high heels. “It’s 1944, and I’m in heaven,” I thought, and I brought her home.


Undercover Story Gene Costume

Gene’s underthings are just as glamorous as her outerwear, with working garter belts and hose are all beautifully designed and intricately crafted as Gene’s stunning period wardrobe pieces. This lingerie is not just an after-thought.

Since then I have added several dolls, either for the lingerie ensemble or just to put the ‘sold separately’ lingerie sets on for display in my room.

And I’ve added a few accessories too, like the dress form as well as several steamer trunks. It’s really much too fun (and I won’t tell you what I store in those trunks!). I missed the Swan Bed, and would love to own one… :sigh:

But of course, I wasn’t content with just the lingerie for long… fashions also seduce me…


Priceless Gene Marshall Doll

My first doll that was purchased for it’s clothing, not lingerie, was Gene in this strapless sheath evening gown. Inky black silk velvet, lined in pink, with two large satin “lapels” which sweep downward from the sheath’s waist to hem — crossing over the front v-slit. Accessories include a stunning “diamond” necklace, made up of three rows of rhinestones, matching earrings, black evening gloves, a long white fur stole (lined in white satin, of course), black satin strap shoes and black stockings. Circa 1949, baby, and as glam as it gets.


Scarlett Temptress Madra Doll

Next, I fell in love with Madra. Gene’s rival, but who can help not desire this temptress? A red devil temptress no less! What really won me over was the eyebrows — Each doll has been hand-painted with one brown eyebrow and one red eyebrow, in the style of Mel Odom’s unique illustration style. Once I discovered only 1,250 of these were made, I gave in because I didn’t want to leave, come back for her, and find they were gone (life is too short for such regrets!)


Tiers Of Joy Gene Doll And Costume Set

But my favorite doll is this doll — the 2004 Memories Collection doll. Here Gene wears her grandmother’s dress and underthings. Circa 1885, this ensemble begins with a tiered ivory gown with rows of beadwork trim, floral accents, and a bustle with a long, flowing train. But beneath all that beauty is something even more wonderful — a corset, pantalets, stockings, slippers. Each piece a wonder! (She is displayed in all her dainties, while the dress now rests on a dress form.)

It was about this time that I began to call myself a fashion doll collector — with the emphasis on the fashions. Most fond of lingerie, yes, but I am but a mere girl… Glamour seduces me…

Not long after, just a few years after Gene, I found Jason Wu’s Fashion Royalty Dolls, and I’ve since succumbed to them as well.

Fashion Royalty dolls are 12″ fashion dolls, with an emphasis on fashion. Although they have a bit less romance and nostalgia than Gene, these dolls do offer stunning fashions and lingerie ensembles.

The first doll was Veronique. She wore an off white Contessa Satin Bustier, long matching robe, high heeled sandals and a smoldering look — shouldn’t we all?

While the dolls story and fashions are more modern, they are sultry and glamorous — and available in limited quantities, they are never around long.

Last year, the 2005 Voyages Collection, was called “New York” — specifically a 1940’s New York. Outfits included garter belts and silk dressing gowns, and various other vintage touches and they called the line Agent Provocateur.

The only place I’ve found them available is ebay.

Fashion Royalty Dolls are models made for posing — much more so than Gene Marshall Dolls, however I expect that now that Jason Wu is producing the dolls, this will be something we can look forward to with Gene. I for one am excited to get the three new lingerie Gene dolls.

For any dolls or lingerie ensembles not directly linked to here, I suggest the following:

For older or discontinued dolls, outfits and accessories, check ebay for Gene auctions and Fashion Royalty Dolls.

For the new 2006 Gene doll line by Mel Odom and Jason Wu, as well as the Fashion Royalty Doll line, I suggest My Favorite Doll.

If you should buy anything there, please tell them ‘A Slip of a Girl sent me!’ so that I may get the tell-a-friend referral credit. (I save on my next sinful doll purchase, and as a thank you, I’ll continue to post the lingerie news — everybody wins!)

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