I’m not a doll person, however when I found this image in the book ‘100 Years of Fashion‘ by Cally Blackman last year, it sparked my interest in mini underwear for dolls and mannequins.
“1954 Miss Virginia Lachasse and her wardrobe – Miss Virginia Lachasse toured the country to raise money for the Greater London Fund for the Blind in the 1950s. She is a miniature wax mannequin now in the Fashion Museum, Bath, whose scale-replica wardrobe from the House of Lachasse gives a valuable insight into the range of garments deemed necessary at the time: from a fur coat to a dressing case of Yardley cosmetics and a packet of coloured cocktail cigarettes.” Check out the miniature fully-fashioned stockings and foundations!
Once I started looking for more dolls, I discovered a whole new world that I had previously been unaware of! For example, ‘Ken’s Aunt‘ below… I love how these Barbies have larger busts and hips to age them!
Then I discovered a slightly more glamorous version of Ken’s aunt, maybe Ken’s hot older sisters?
Then there is this slightly disturbing ‘Revlon Doll‘ from the 1950s. I’m not sure if a child would have owned this, or if it was a collectable, but she looks like she’s just got in from a nice evening out with her husband and has whipped off her dress.
This little lady is holding a miniature corset.
I also discovered the fascinating world of miniature underwear, there are people out there who make teeny tiny undies for dolls! Who knew?! I absolutely adore the care and effort that has gone into these little pieces, I certainly wouldn’t have the patience to make any of these!
And then there are miniature counter top mannequins. Ladies and gentlemen, if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would buy every last one of these, they are fabulous! From what I can tell, underwear brands would place these little mannequin around their shops, and have scaled down versions of their latest collections made for the little ladies! I am in love with all of these!
The mannequins were made of hard rubber and were around 32″ tall. Early versions were molded to the hard rubber base. Later variations were two pieces, the mannequins were usually separate from the base. I found all of these on Pinterest.