The bulk of this post was actually written a few weeks ago, but I kept pushing it back to accommodate other posts. Now, suddenly, it’s very topical, so enjoy with a bit of mixed emotions.
A few weeks ago I wrote about Ayyam-i-ha. One of the things I didn’t mention is that Ayyam-i-ha often includes the giving of gifts. My Mum sent a package with the loveliest presents: a cloisonne thimble, and these Elisabeth Taylor paper dolls:
The book was published in 1957, and includes two dolls, one on the front cover and one on the back, and seven pages of ensembles.
And it is in pristine, uncut condition. Go Mom!
The present isn’t as random as it sounds. I’ve collected paper dolls since I was a little girl, mostly modern ones by Tom Tierney, but vintage ones too when I can get my hands on them.
The pages of ensembles in the book are just fabulous, even if I really doubt they have any relationship to what Taylor actually wore in real life!
First, you have dresses “For the Gala Opening”, complete with little fur wraps
And a photo of Elizabeth Taylor:
Then you have suits and jackets for “On the Avenue”
Followed by “Cruise Clothes”.
I wonder if Taylor ever went on a cruise? If she did, do you suppose she wore anything like this?
Returning home, Taylor got to have ‘Lazy Days’
I want this dress:
It wasn’t all play though, because she also has a page of ‘Big Town Togs’, each with their own hat.
My favourite (of course) is the pink one (though the green outfit is tres cute!):
Finally, fulfilling both men’s fantasies at once, Taylor has a page for ‘Sleepy Time’ (yeah, really practical for sleeping in) and ‘Busy Time’.
As for ‘Busy Time’. Well, it’s a well known fact in Hollywood circles that Elizabeth is particularly remembered for her excellent roast turkey:
And the retired shopkeepers well recall the oft-seen sight of her perusing their vegetable bins, laden basket in hand.
Poor Liz, her life was never as simple and happy as the paper dolls tried to portray. I just hope that she got to smile a lot more than they show her too!