PINBALLS, POPSICLES & ROCK N’ ROCK-OLA

Nostalgic Necessities….

 We are now well into the warm up for the long awaited opening of Dreamland in Margate…

With only 40 days to go!!!

 Folly felt the necessity to be near the niceties of some nineteen fifties nostalgia, with that in mind, things expeditiously evolved into the exclusive entry into the Dreamland expo centre..

So on a rainy seaside Sunday, Dreamland provided the perfect backdrop for some 50’s fun  without the sun, in this fantastic photo-shoot.

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This gloriously vintage gingham sweetheart dress was a must have summer buy from the fabulous Mz Velvet Mourning.

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Filled with fondness, family fun-fair rides and archived arcadia, Folly had that fuzzy  feeling of being a kid in a candy store once more!…. Especially as there were sticks of rock rolling all over the place!

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Tried & Tested – Dreamland Rock is the best!!!

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A Cherry-Tastic 1940’s inspired necklace from the marvellous Miss Mandy Miller!

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Oh i do like to see the saucy seaside!!!

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“you wish you could see what”?!?!

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 Ooh Eer!

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Come and see what all the fabulous vintage fuss is about at the re-imagined Dreamland in Margate. 

http://www.dreamland.co.uk/tickets

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PICTURESQUELY PLEASURED, BURLESQUE IS AN ART TO BE TREASURED!

Roused in revelry, Folly is readying herself to become raptured in the revelation that is the art of Burlesque.

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A real treat for the peepers is in store, with the tantalising, compromising, tongue teasing and eye pleasing performers, full of fun, frills, and frolicking frivolity!

All this and more is set to feature at the London Burlesque Festival!

VARIE-TEASE

Come May 15th Folly will follow up with all the fanciful fabulouness that the opening night offered upon its provocative platter!

The opulence of the opening Gala…

The Hostess with the ‘oh yes’ is  Australia’s Kiki DeVille …

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Kiki Deville

The lusciously lengthy line up for the opulent opener is as follows…

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The man behind this provocative master plan is Mr Chaz Royal.

A canadian cabaret producer who has firmly established the festival as the most prestigious event in the Burlesque calendar.

A roaring success so far, so much so that it’s now welcoming the 9th annual show with its seductive arms wide open!

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Dripping with decadence, the curtain will rise for the first time this year at the opening Gala, set at Dingwalls London on the 15th of May.

The show runs from the 15th – 31st May and can be seen at various venues such as The Conway hall, The Fiddlers Elbow and Bush hall, each entitled with a curiously kinky & quirky yet quaint  name… The Sexy Circus slideshow, Boylesk Revue, Varie-Tease and The Twisted Cabaret…are just to name a few!

Who wouldn’t want to go and see what all the sass is about?!

You can excitedly expect to see the extroverts extravaganza, fully fuelled and flourishing a flamboyance of feathery bottomed and sparkly eyed showgirls & boys…

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   Each stunningly sensual whilst sashaying upon stage… showcasing their stripteasing, smouldering, trapeazing torsos for 17 supreme evenings…. now that sounds like a treat as sweet as honey!

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Folly chats with Chaz….

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Chaz Royal

Folly- I have read that you are renowned for showcasing the ‘best of British and beyond’ when it comes to Burlesque…It’s obviously a great love of yours… what has been your driving force behind this?
Chaz- I have been producing shows for 22 years, Burlesque for 13 and got my start putting a Burlesque show on tour in 2002.
I’ve produced over 1000 shows all over the world.
I want to show growth not only in burlesque, but the events I produce.
People have pre conceived ideas of Burlesque and I aim to expose people to a wider spectrum of what they think it is.
Folly- Can you describe to the Folly Fatale Followers how they will leave your festival feeling?
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Chaz- Hopefully satisfied but still wanting to see more.
We do have amazing fans and followers who come back annually from all over the world.
We will host over 6000 attendees.
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Folly- If you could describe the art of burlesque as a cocktail, what would it be?
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Chaz- Sweet, Sexy, Sophisticated… Stirred & Shaken with a cherry on top!
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Folly- Sounds just Fabulous! I can’t wait to see for myself!

VIP CLOSING

With 10 days to go till the big night!
Its almost time for Folly to get a vintage wiggle on, dress my tress and perfect that devil red pout, as i am in no-doubt, about to have a night of beautifully bodied ‘best of british and beyond’ Burlesque.
With tickets still available… but running out fast,  be sure to book some ‘buxom’ here
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Jukebox Jiving, Retro Finding…..

Brighton was the place to be this weekend, With a plethora of period styled peep’s, decked out and ready for a a fun filled couple of days…

If a day (or two) of jumping, jiving and rock and rolling is your thing ,then you need look no further!

The bands on the stand were…

Greggi G & His crazy Gang

who were jammin’ all weekend….

 DJ Rockin’ Rebel

Bringing the best of the 50’s & 60’s, along with a special Saturday performance from…

The Vee 8’s

and

a super sunday session from…

The Fever Rockabilly Trio

All four were bashing out the beats, making you move your dancin’ feet!

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No rags, just riches….

Rails of clothes were racked out and ready to make you run away with the Rockabilly vibe, and a vast range of retro and vintage inspired clothing from the 40’s through to the 60’s was being sold, more importantly all stalls were fully featuring a service with a smile! 

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shining as bright as stars, were the classic cars…

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Look at that Airstream….

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Joes Diner was a Fifties style feast….

But the jewel of the day had to be the the whirling, twirling, record swirling jukebox’s…. 

Visiting this fair is a must if you’ve had your eye on one to bop along to at home, With leading European dealers ready to share valuable knowledge, and superior styles such as  Bal-ami,  Rockola and Wurlitzer on show …. you are sure to find the match made for you!

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With something for everyone and fun and friendship to be found…

In the trusty words of my Rockabilly buddy ‘Arry – it wouldn’t break ya heart to go!…..love that!

I will most certainly be there next year!

Check it all out @ http://www.jukeboxfair.co.uk

MAYDAY MAYDAY….FOLLY NEEDS MORE HEYDAY!!

The wonderful Whitstable seaside called upon Folly on a bright and sunny sunday afternoon, but not before taking a turn about the Tankerton towers & castle gardens, where the picturesque pagoda provided the perfect shade and light for a photograph or two…

Photography- David Kerrhttps://davidkerrphotographer.wordpress.com

A Gaberdine dream….

A 1940’s garberdine swing styled, nautically navy trouser, was to be the perfect pair to wear… putting the ‘spring time’ into my step on this fun-day photo-shoot.

Just look at those big double decker red buttons!!!

These fab gabs can be found at Heyday!

http://www.heydayonline.co.uk/default/womens-clothing/ladies-trousers/ladies-swing-trousers-navy.html#.VT0RuktxCh8

Star Light, Star bright, The first star I see tonight….

Elegantly ensembled with a 1930s style dainty starburst scattered print blouse, femininity is the focus feature for this blouse, It’s wickedly wide collar and it’s prominent, pretty puffed sleeve is a little naughty while screaming 1940!!

The Olivia blouse is another amazing vintage reproduction buy from the fabulous Heyday!

The buttons have the sweetest little star shapes embedded into them, just beautiful…

Capping off the sensational starburst scene is a Cosmo contrasting rouge red collar, and the cutest turn back cuffs I’ve ever seen!

http://www.heydayonline.co.uk/default/womens-clothing/ladies-tops/olivia-blouses/ladies-top-olivia-blouse-starlet-red-navy.html#.VT0RbUtxCh8

Say hello to Mellow yellow…

Totally plastic fantastic and atomically angled, my mellow yellow 50’s necklace is shining bright in this light, by Miss Mandy Miller.

Those fabulous little precious pastel and (almost matching earrings) are not matching at all!! they actually come straight from the hustle and bustle of the good ‘ol high street!

There’s plenty of pastel pretties to be had at Matalan right now!

http://www.matalan.co.uk/womens/jewellery-and-hair

Snap happy…

 Follys favourite 1951 vintage camera, is the Kershaw Eight-20 Penguin.

Perfectly preserved and working wonders, this little box full of bellows and bakelite came into my clutches when i recently purchased my 1940’s home.

Left behind, laying lonely and unloved, stuffed in a box in the back of the loft for what looks an eternity!!

The virtually untouched device is an absolute vintage hoarders dream!

 The perfect photographic package to take a few seaside snaps!

Photography- David Kerrhttps://davidkerrphotographer.wordpress.com

Heyday! 

will leave you

Simmering with sophistication until the sun goes down!

Seasalter….What a sunset!

PETRUSHKAS PANTOMIME OF PETITE PANDEMONIUM…

Roll up, Roll up, step inside Petrushkas sets of permutation, where the puppeteer and the ingenious, inventing ringleader alters reality and transports you to your childhood imagination, dreams and desires….

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A realm of delectable yet devilish disorients, provoking your senses with overwhelming wonders and wizardry.

Each magical world, a small set… created with chaotic curiosity….Petrushkas peculiar puppets and ‘once upon a time’ candy sweet styled dolls, dominate the tales of his mini theatre.

Awakening inanimate objects and breathing life in their bodies, i imagine Petrushka to sprinkle his dolls with a thimble full of salts, like the spirits of hartshorn, awakening them to play!

As a child i loved to transform my world of play, my dolls would delve deeply into worlds of the sweetest dreams or become apart of a beautiful nightmare, with no limits to what other toys i could incorporate into my make believe world….

Petrushka re-ignighted these memories for me with his imagery, the Barbie style doll that was once a paragon in her pageant, has entered a dishevelling rendezvous between decadence and decay, a duo that Petrushka partners perfectly.

Petrushka, pin-up style…

The latest pawn in petrushkas playset is that of yours truly…..Mz Fatale!

Orchestrated from afar, the pint sized pin-up has been perfectly placed amongst all her hoardings of necessary acquisitions.

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Folly Fatale
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Folly had the Great pleasure in asking Mr Petrushka what inspires his magical madness, and the concepts behind his toy land antics….

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Martin Petrushka

“Every child creates imaginary worlds. I spent a lot of my childhood lost in these worlds, making elaborate environments for my playthings, who didn’t?!.. an armchair becomes a mountain to climb, under a table..a cave.

I’m sure my work is an extension of my child imagination. It is perhaps a belligerent wish to extend the time we are allocated as children, to play and get lost in the worlds we create.

As an artist and an adult, i seek to re-imagine the intended purpose of ‘toys’. To give them life and magic in and among abstract oddity, rather than simply as, the ‘good wife’ kitchen Barbie or the tank driving action ‘hero’.

I am uncomfortable with the rigid boundaries of gender stereotyping and so set about mixing up the purpose and context of these living vintage dolls to portray more subtle, unexplainable roles. Petrushka is a world with no particular boundaries.

It is about sharing an ante-dote to the predictable normality of full scale life.

I myself am a northerner, a father of 2 teenage children, partner of 24 years to Lady P.

I am an illustrator, designer, photographer, film maker and puppeteer.

If i were to leave a legacy, it would be the principle that, despite the seriousness nature of ‘stuff’, wisdom looks like a child with the knowing that, what really matters is….nothing”.

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Chains are off…

Now as we all know..

“Curiosity often leads to trouble”……

while foraging for fancies,

Little Folly fell down a rabbit hOle!!!

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with a bumped head and a rather bruised soul…

she landed

amidst

the utter madness

of the mad hatters tea party.

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“my….. what a peculiar place to have a party”

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A fallen Folly

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‘O…Mr rabbit!!!’

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Folly in wonderland

Petrushka proves that anything is possible through the power of imagination….And his imagination is a warped, yet wondrous wonderland.

 Like a still version of cirque du soleil’s Kuros, cabinet of curiosities……. but pumped up on some super steroids!!

Provoking a reminisent feeling of rapture inside of the minds eye, propelling memories of sheer childhood fantasy fuzed with reality, The works of Petrushka are truely a Marvel to be experienced, An artistic entwinement  of opulence, eccentricity, romance, and melencholy madness!

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Alice’s Folly

A little more conversation….From the “O talented one”

Folly– petrushka, an intriguing name! Where did this originate?

Petrushka– It is from a stravinski ballet first performed in 1911. A story about the love of a puppet, petrushka.

Brought to life by the charlatan. Petrushka loves the ballerina but she rejects him in favour of her love, the Moor.

Petrushka challenges the Moor and is slain. Petrushkas ghost rises above the puppet theatre then collapses in a second death..

For me it is about bringing inanimate objects to life through imagery. Provoking and embracing the dark and light.

I love the puppet / human parallell. Lifes a game. A stage and if were unconscious of this we surrender our humanity and become simple marionettes to the puppet makers…

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Petrushka – ‘you are petrushka’ implies this at the same time as stating a collective idea that we are together.. We are all the same…

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THE WORKS OF PETRUSHKA LEAVE ONE PONDERING…HAVE I GONE MAD???

I’M AFRAID SO!!…BUT I’LL TELL YOU A SECRET, ALL THE BEST PEOPLE ARE!

Martin Linford Petrushka- Conceptual vintage doll photography from the Petrushka Doll Garage.

https://instagram.com/martinpetrushka/

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Remembering Riveting Rosie….

Jeans that Dreams are made of….

Originally called Overalls and a standard issue item for hardworking Miners, Wild West Cowboys and the plain Ol’ Wild ones of society, Denim Jeans saw a stamp of ‘hip’ being stitched into its seams during the 1950s, causing a double take to those daring to wear!

Famously Eddie Cochran was the first to Rock and Roll his Denim on stage.

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As Part of his Missisippi homeland, the jeans were an everyday uniform of the sharecropper and Eddie felt more than comfortable staying true to his roots.

 Elvis also wore the cuffed denim style and certainly helped to make them ‘cool’, although mainly worn when off duty, as he felt the material wasn’t quite ‘showtime’ enough for the stage!

Fitting for the flicks….

An American hero status came ruggedly riding into film reels by the mid 50’s, Flicks featuring the epitome of lawless youth and stylish sex symbols like James Dean and Marlon Brando came on to screens everywhere, burly brandishing a pair of pegged denim….. so its no wonder that todays collectors are falling over themselves to snag a pair of selvedge.

Now rockin’ a reformed rebellious status, Denim-wear became the chosen cachet for the uber cool kids in town!

 Levi strauss & co ran ads in support of teens wearing their jeans in class, this was to be frowned upon by many East Coast schools, and because of such a revolutionary rogue reputation being sewn on to the style, some schools soon felt the need to ban the style from their dress code completely…… taking the trend out with the trash!

Or so they thought….

A letter from an East Coast professor to levi’s read as follows, “While I have to admit this may be ‘right for school- in San Francisco, in the west, or in some rural areas I can assure you that it is in bad taste and not ‘right for school’ in the East.”

Well This didn’t stop any hip guy getting his gear on outside and away from the rules of those rigid and restrictive institutions.

The Forbidden fashion only made the teens denim desires stronger.

To Cuff or not to Cuff, that is the question….

ok, so on the rockabilly scene we all love to cuff our jeans, i hear of so many rules and regulations on how to, where to, how high, show selvage or no selvage…..

but quite frankly, the original reason for cuffing a jean was due to the fit!

Most families had a hand me down policy…..

 If your older brother grew out of his jeans, they were often passed down to you, whether they fit perfectly in length was far from a problem….. because what did you do??…….you’d turn em up!

Tah-Dah! the cuff was invented.

Many Modern fellow fifties enthusiasts love to show off the white seams of the selvage, which is found on the inside leg of the jean.

This results in various sizes of cuffs being turned up all around town.

How to tell that you’re donning some Darn’ right good denim…

Levi strauss & co,  Lee Cooper and Wrangler were the most popular ‘fashion’ brands for denim in the 1950’s,  and because of the hand me down nature, most pairs were literally worn out! resulting in them being thrown out!! So true vintage examples are rare and highly priced.

Looking for an iconic pair of levi jeans from the 1950’s??  Well its worth keeping your eyes skinned for the pairs known as capital Es, due to the upper case E being visible on the pockets red tab.

Since 1971 the tab has been spelt with a lower case e

A desirable jacket to collect would be the 1953- 507 XX jacket, or more commonly know as the“number two” or the “second edition”.

If true vintage isn’t your style, or not for your shape then….

Repro is the way to go! 

When you find a good pair of reproduction jeans, you just know it!

Here are some of my favourite company’s, tried and tested by myself, (in the ladies section of course).

But i have my trusty male assistants that can vouch for you Gents, that in this little selection, are the jeans that dreams are made of!

http://www.freddiesofpinewood.co.uk/product/36-men%27s-1950%27s-jeans

http://www.dawsondenim.com/product/dawson-regular-fit-jeans

http://www.prisonblues.com/Jeans.php

http://levisvintageclothing.com/product/1955-501-jeans/

Go get denim hunting guys!

Lawless Leathers

Whether its the bomber Blouson, the silver studded biker or the alternative sheepskin lined airman, Leather lovers during the 1940’s and 50’s had jackets to cater for every tough guy and military man in town.

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Military Bombers!

Notorious during the 1950’s for being the essential outerwear for fiesty Greasers, bad boy Bikers and the hot-rodding teen culture.

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1950’s Greasers

while popular, these jackets were of course not the chosen style for every gent in town….

So if you are a modern reveller of rockabilly culture, but you don’t own a leather, let me tell you..its ok!….

It’s safe to say not everyone in the 1950s was wearing one, and those key pieces that are often pumped out today as being the ‘essentials’ for the true rockabilly look, are not necessarily accurate, so vintage lovers, if you like it…wear it, if you don’t….dont!

 Because back in day not every man had one, nor did every man want one!!

Although i must say, they can look simply….. slick!!!

Black leather and silver studs.

Teens were seen as being on the fringes of society

If you are considering a leather jacket, then its good to know that it would have been worn with….

A pair of pegged slacks work perfectly for best, or a pair of cuffed jeans (we will get to the bottom of the cuff myth in the jeans section) with some good quality engineer boots for when working on that old car!

 Although more commonly believe it or not….Penny loafers! These loafers were the most popular choice, and any other leather shoes that a guy had kicking around that would be hardwearing and oil resistant would have fit the bill!

Eventually evolving into signature cult look, The leather laden characteristic was originally adopted for its resistance to the grease often gained from the teens constant tinkering with cars and straddling of bikes.

This signature style was worn for the practical purposes as well as a look to stand you out from the ‘norm’, almost used as a uniform and not totally for the ‘cool’ purposes we love to believe in today, I guess we have hip cats like Happy Days Fonzy and Grease’s teen gang The T-Birds to thank for that!!

Eeeeeeh!! It’s The Fonz

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As this signature cult style, these fierce looking leathers were famously embodied by the handsomest of hollywood hunks….

‘My one, My only’… king of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley, ‘The wild one’, Mr Marlon Brando and ‘The rebel without a cause’... Mr dreamy James Dean.

The wild one - Marlon Brando

The wild one – Marlon Brando

The King!

The one, the only….Elvis

The rebel without a cause - Dreamy James Dean

The rebel without a cause – Dreamy James Dean

Original 1940’s/50’s jackets are fetching a hefty price and are highly sought after by collectors,  so opportunities to own one are rare, but if you are considering an authentic item then you will get a lot of leather for your money.

Crafted from quality leathers and horsehide, in black and brown, these really are a gents garment of beauty!

Battle of Britain flying Jacket

Battle of Britain flying Jacket

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Many vintage reproduction styles are available online, with specialist companys that pride themselves in getting the detailing…. just dandy!

check out –

http://www.aeroleatherclothing.com

http://www.eastmanleather.com

These guys make some of the finest examples of reproduction leather created to date!

The Kelly Bag

 On the set of the famous 1954 movie ‘to catch a thief’  the great Alfred Hitchcock suggested to the costume designer that a trip to Hermes in paris would be a suitable idea for the buying of all the accessories needed for Grace’s character.

That costume designer was the fabulous Edith Head, Edith recalled that she and Grace ‘were like two girls in an ice cream shop’ and that they fell in love with all that they saw….

The beautiful Grace kelly on set with the talented Edith Head.

But It was to be the boxy handbag that became Grace’s favourite, a descendant of the 1930s saddle bag and originally called the haut a courroies.

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Two years on, after much press and forever on the slender arm of Miss grace Kelly, the bag was to be re-named ‘The Kelly’ after the then Princess Grace used a brown pigskin version to hide her pregnancy from the paparazzi!

A great coverup!

Clutching her Kelly

Featuring in Life magazine ‘the Kelly’ bag craze was born! and still to this day is a very iconic ‘must have’ bag amongst many of the stars and wealthy worldwide.

The bad news is, if you fancy one yourself you may well be in for a long wait!

With only one craftsperson employed by the Hermes company to hand stitch the individual pieces of the bag and its lining together, just one carefully crafted ‘kelly’  can take from up to 18-24 hours to produce!!!

http://stores.hermes.com

The becoming of Barbie Millicent Roberts

Brainstorming Barbie

Ready to live out every little girls aspirations for adulthood, Barbie sauntered on to the hollywood scene in February of 1959.

Blonde, Buxom, Beautiful

Blonde, Buxom, Beautiful

Formed into a fashionable figurine by Ruth and Eliot Handler, the idea was conjured up for the playtime spills and thrills of their very own little girl ‘ Barbie’.

The idea of a doll, perfectly travel sized and petite palm friendly, ravishingly ready to aid all little women worldwide to play out their every grown up fantasy…..

This was a vision that seemed too good for the parents to not toy with further…..The foundation blocks of the Mattel corporation were built in the Handler’s very own home garage and what had started as a small building of ideas dreamt up with dainty dolls and dream houses, was to whirlwind the Handler’s into some big time  ‘Barbie’ business!!!

Boxed up and ready bare all…

Barbie burst on to the scene as a Bright blonde, Bold, Buxom, Bombshell!!

With a fair and Freckle free complexion, Made up like a model for Maybelline, a wasp like waist, this wonder girl had legs as long as Texas….

Barbie was pert, perky and ready to play!

Taylor made, the dream girls debut ensemble consisted of a black and white chevron striped swimsuit, open toed stiletto pumps, a super cute flower adorned raffia handbag, and some slick cats eye sunnies.

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Barbie Millicent Roberts -1959

Just look at those Jayne Mansfield golden hooped earrings!

Just look at those Jayne Mansfield golden hooped earrings!

Barbie brings home the big bucks…

Selling 351,000 dolls, each sold at 3 dollars

Barbie was making big news in households everywhere!!!

A little girl gaily singing along with a 7" record called 'Barbie Sings' Barbie and Ken stand by, on a portable phonograph player.

A little girl gaily singing along with a 7″ record called ‘Barbie Sings’ Barbie and Ken stand by, on a portable phonograph player.

Affluent America had suburban dreams in its sights.

Dreams of designer homes, sports cars, pastel kitchens and pet ponies….practically perfect!

Lavish luxury goods were ripe and ready for the consumers picking, and the new fun-time’s of the 1950’s lifestyle revolved around them, Barbie was the ‘it’ girl who had them all!

and if she didn’t…. you could buy her more!

A Pint sized picture of the 1950’s glamour girl…

She was the western societies 11 1/2  inch version of the American dream girl, playing out her dream life in her dream play-sets.

Compete with her crucial change of clothes, which were the essential feathers and fluff nightgown, a weekend barbie-Q by the pool outfit and that essential wedding gown….

for when her knight with shining pecs ken comes along!

 Beautiful, glamorous, wealthy and popular, she was stunningly slender and ever so slightly sun-kissed!