fashion dolls and Lantelme

More photos of French fashion dolls, mostly by Lafitte DĂ©sirat and mostly made circa 1910/1916. Pictures found via google.

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And last but not least:

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What do you think about the red cape (fashion doll on the right)? Just take a look here:

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It’s almost the same cape, even the buttons are the same. And it’s very nice to know that Lantelme had an influence on doll fashion too 🙂


fashion dolls

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When few months ago I published on my blog this scan with photos of Belle Epoque fashion dolls, I knew nothing about them, but Corinne helped me to find some information. These fashion dolls (poupées élégantes) seem to be very popular in France circa 1900/1914. They were made from wax and generally were Barbie size.

Here is an article about fashion dolls, in French, from “Femina” magazine, December 1912: page 1    page 2 (unfortunately the scan is in b/w though pictures should be in colour)

The most known dolls of this kind seem to be dolls made by Lafitte DĂ©sirat, but I’ve found also photos of dolls made by Maison Rouzaud (scan from “Comoedia IllustrĂ©”):

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(On this page you can also see an excellent sac de théatre by Louis Vuitton 🙂

And one more photo of dolls from a Spanish magazine (“La Moda Elegante”, 1911):

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Metropolitan museum has a collection of Lafitte DĂ©sirat fashion dolls (many thanks to Corinne for links!)

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art dolls

Because the previous post was so long, here’s a little respite 🙂

Modern art dolls in Belle Epoque style (Moscow, 2013).

dolls in Belle Epoque style

Les Trois Sultanes and very nice dolls

An article from Comoedia Illustré (1 January 1911) about Les Trois Sultanes and Lantelme:

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And a bonus from the same issue – an article about fashion dolls by Paquin, Poiret, Worth and others:

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Pity the dolls on photos aren’t signed, I’d like to know more details as these fashion dolls are really unique.