WWII wedding dress made from a life-saving parachute

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Wedding dress made from a parachute that saved the grrom during World War Two.

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Rococo [ruh-KOH-koh]: florid or excessively elaborate

We are thinking of creating some doll scale costumes from this lively and lovely time period. We also love this Blog… so head over there to read much more on the history of our favorite topic.

History of Costume

A significant shift in culture occurred in France and elsewhere at the beginning of the 18th century, known as the Enlightenment, which valued reason over authority.  In France, the sphere of influence for art, culture and fashion shifted from Versailles to Paris, where the educated bourgeoisie class gained influence and power in salons and cafés.  The new fashions introduced therefore had a greater impact on society, affecting not only royalty and aristocrats, but also middle and even lower classes.  Ironically, the single most important figure to establish Rococo fashions was Louis XV’s mistress Madame Pompadour.  She adored pastel colors and the light, happy style which came to be known as Rococo, and subsequently light stripe and floral patterns became popular.  Towards the end of the period, Marie Antoinette became the leader of French fashion, as did her dressmaker Rose Bertin.  Extreme extravagance was her trademark, which ended up majorly fanning the flames of the French…

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Children not looking at modern art

If you have time to read this, please do. The author makes such great points in a world of rules where children lead the way.

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Two little girls captivated by looking through a vent instead of the modern art on the museum walls.

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Preserved loaf of bread discovered at Pompeii

When we used to visit the Boston Museum of Art, one object always touched us. It was an Egyptian honey cake in a small metal pie pan. Here we have found that we are not the only ones who love and obsess over ancient pastries. Read on… and thanks to Ridiculously Interesting.

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Photograph of a preserved circular loaf of bread discovered at PompeiiThis is the ultimate piece of toast: a loaf of bread made in the first century AD, which was discovered at Pompeii, preserved for centuries in the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius.

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New Directions in Black Western Studies (CFP)

Miquel Juarez, another amazing El Pasoan, posted an email he received this week. Congratulations, Miguel. We love you!!

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New Directions in Black Western Studies

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We are seeking proposals for the 57th Western History Association Conference workshop and American Studies Special Issue: “New Directions in Black Western Studies.”

Though several scholarly historical treatments of Blacks in the North American West exist, few engage with what Black Western Studies means in a contemporary context. Over the past decade there has been a return to the west in intellectual and artistic production at a rate not seen since the 1970s. Several critically acclaimed television series, films, music albums, and literary texts are rooted firmly in western historical legacies. Likewise, the relationship between Blackness and western geographical and cultural identity has been explored in various disciplinary genres. From film, music, literature, and art to theatre, architecture, and museum studies, These possibilities drive several questions undergirding…

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Nigel Chia does couture in 1/4 scale.

If you have not already enjoyed the videos of Nigel Chia, treat yourself to a half hour of joy and inspiration. Nigel has been doing collections for women and high end fashion dolls for five years starting in 2012.

Even though Nigel graduated as both a veterinarian and a fashion designer, he has moved into the world of fashion based on his passion for the work. His website, Nigel Chia, says, “Starting with the release of our Capsule collection 2015, “Papier Merveilles”, we are pleased to announce that Nigel Chia is officially starting up his own fashion line as a fashion director.”

“Within this role, Nigel will maintain direct influence over the creative direction of our three lines: ready-to-wear, bridal (measure to made) & DeMuse doll (high fashion 16’ collectable doll).

His atelier looks wonderful and if you are planning a trip to Malaysia, perhaps you would be lucky enough to encounter Nigel.


Take a look at some of his fabulous creations.

Nigel chia top 2017

But make sure you take a few minutes to watch the videos that Nigel puts on YouTube. These are videos of Nigel creating the most gorgeous gowns, dresses, tops and coats for the DeMuse fashion dolls. They are fun to watch for the artistry of the video as well as the fabulous fashion designs. Nigel’s designs for dolls are delightful and perhaps even more amazing than his women’s wear because a doll can wear anything!

And there are many more of these short videos… here is one more but look at his channel for more beauty. This video is art for art’s sake.

And one more that we had to share. Enjoy

We had to come back and share one more video that YouTube offered up for us. It is 7.5 minutes of incredible fashions for high end fashion dolls. The video moves fast and we found it to be very inspirational. We hope you agree.

The video is posted by DIY MANUALIDADES PLUS -JM and the info says, “Beautiful Dé Muse high fashion doll by Nigel Chia fashion designer. These dolls are 16 inches tall and look very realistic like a real top model woman. I hope you like this compilation of pictures Hermosas Dé Muse muñecas a la moda hechas por Nigel Chia un diseñador de moda estas muñecas miden 16 pulgadas de altura, paresen casi reales como una modelo top. Espero les guste esta recopilation de fotografias.”

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Toy Fair 2017- As Seen From YouTube

Source: Toy Fair 2017- As Seen From YouTube

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