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!
i so want this! although I would play with it all the time…lol. maybe just have to settle for making some of the clothes? 😀
Beautiful! I so want a pea-green tweed suit like the one in “Big Town Togs”!! And I also collected paper dolls from a young age–love Tierney’s collections! I think the Harper’s and Godey’s based ones were my favorites. Though I confess a fondness for the random first family ones as well–President Jackson and his family, that kind of thing 🙂 Many happy hours meticulously clipping historical paper costumes.
The many happy hours of meticulous clipping is the problem – I’m now going back and re-buying the ones I cut out as a kid so that I have pristine ones!
this is just fantastic!! Love the beautiful and colourful frocks!
That backwards apron dress is what you can make out of the Mexican fabric! Remember I was trying to explain it but couldn’t quite see it right in my head. That’s the dress for it all right. Would look a treat on you 🙂
I remember, that is exactly what you showed me!
Oh! Hehehe. I have a terrible memory at the best of times! At least we know I haven’t changed my mind!
I love this!
When I used to play with paper dolls, I just had to cut out people in Barbie coloring books. And none of the outfits were as cute as these!
I like that blue “Big Town Tog”.
Where can one find these?
This “book” had more pages than I recall. I never liked pages where all the clothes were for one type of occasion only.
My Elizabeth Taylor paper dolls had two dolls, also, and the dolls had two different hairdos and “approaches.” One seemed more stern, or more distant, hair was shorter. The other had longer hair and seemed more care-free. I put them into my own “Beverly Gray” stories. This was one of those girls’ series about a journalist. Related to Nancy Drew.
My mother had a special set of scissors, sharp w/fine points, that were ideal for cutting out the white space when hands rested on hips, etc.
I imagine you can buy these off of places like E-Bay: no idea what the value is, but probably reasonably pricey for one in really good condition. Dover does a nice series of modern paper dolls by Tom Tierney, and there might be an Elizabeth Taylor one (I have his Vivien Leigh book), but the outfits will be movie costumes.