Chic boudoir dolls do it yourself
For a long time these or other types of dolls accompanied the person. At first it was just wooden products wrapped in pieces of skins. Gradually, the dolls, following their masters, evolved, becoming more and more human-like. The beginning of the 19th century gave us a completely new look, designed for girls and even women, but practically not interesting for children - these are boudoir dolls
For a long time these or other types of dolls accompanied the person. At first it was just wooden products wrapped in pieces of skins. Gradually, the dolls, following their masters, evolved, becoming more and more human-like. The beginning of the 19th century gave us a completely new look, designed for girls and even women, but practically not interesting for children - these are boudoir dolls.
The name of these toys fully explains the place they occupied in the house. Boudoir dolls, or, as they were called, “bed” and “salon”, were an indispensable accessory in any home. It was a stylish adornment with which matured girls played, dressing them, giving them natural poses, photographing them. Often, these creatures were companions and when they appeared, in which case they were tried to be dressed in the same style as the hostess.
Since boudoir dolls are an accessory, they should be noticeable, almost conspicuous. So, their growth should not allow them to get lost in the sofa cushions. It is for this reason that the smallest dolls were not less than 50 cm, on average, their height reached 90 cm. Sometimes they were produced and specimens up to 120 cm - it was very convenient to take these with you to visit or travel.
It is difficult to say for sure why boudoir dolls appeared. One of the reasons was the decrease in childbearing and, as a result, the ruin of factories producing toys. The head of one of these factories decided that if children do not need dolls, then adults may well like them; all they need is to adapt the appearance of the toy to the needs of already grown up girls.
Others believe that the French, who yearned for beauty during the First World War, decided to express in this way the need for beauty.
One way or another, the first boudoir dolls originated in France.
It is believed that for the first time this accessory was presented to the public by Pole Poiret at a fashion show at the very beginning of the 1910s. He dressed the dolls in the same style as the model that carried them. The French society enthusiastically accepted the new trend of fashion, but in other countries they supported this trend only by 1915-1918.
Dolls became particularly popular by 1920, taking advantage of the demand until the late forties. This can be explained by the fact that women in this period gained independence, they were able to work, to choose how to look, what to dress up. And they decided that such a toy is a suitable companion in their new life. These changes were reflected in the appearance of the dolls: their eyes were brightly painted, their lips were covered with red lipstick. Frequent haircuts were short, and one of the leading manufacturers produced even dolls with a cigarette.
The moment when the popularity of this accessory reached America became very important for manufacturers. For lovers of the States began to produce a huge variety of models: cowboys, Indian women, movie stars. At one time, nude-style dolls were very popular. For them, a huge amount of clothes and accessories were produced, which their owners enthusiastically changed several times a day.
Salon beauties often made to order, trying to achieve similarities with the one for whom it was intended. These dolls began to symbolize material wealth and a certain status in society. Grooms gave them to their brides, dressing up in wedding dresses and decorating with jewels.
Since most of the “life”, boudoir dolls were carried out lying on the couches, their bodies were soft, “weak-willed”, which allowed them to take languid poses. The trunk shell was made of various fabrics, while the head was made of papier-mâché, composite, or even felt. The inside of the doll was made up of sawdust, fluff, cloth, or even hay. At first, the legs and arms were composite, but later such babies appeared, whose limbs were made of celluloid.
Today these accessories are very rare - boudoir dolls. Photos of some of them are placed by collectors, but most of them are in very poor condition. There are two reasons for this. First, they were never considered a value, therefore, they were treated accordingly. Secondly, the dolls are made from materials that do not imply durability. Most of the toys that have survived to this day have very battered clothes, a lot of patches on their faces, faded colors, and much worn hair. Often the limbs of these dolls are smaller than what was created by the manufacturer. Of course, amateurs and collectors, as far as possible restore them, but all the same time permanently left its mark. Therefore, those who want to purchase a boudoir doll in good condition, prefer to order a "remake".
Do it yourself
Now many lovers are trying to figure out how to make a boudoir doll. There are various workshops, courses, video tutorials. Many of them are taught to create exactly what was the decoration of salons a hundred years ago.
Of course, today the boudoir doll is made with the help of other materials, much more modern. The body is sewn from various fabrics, stuffed with synthetics or wool. The hair is most often natural or made from special materials that imitate natural.
Dolls, made a hundred years ago, could not accept postures requiring a rigid frame. They mostly lay in pillows. A modern movable boudoir doll often has in its design details that allow not only to sit without support, but also to take on various postures peculiar to man, and sometimes to stand using simple adaptations.
Today, this toy is no longer the companion of the ladies coming out, it does not decorate the homes of most of us. Only big enthusiasts of the doll industry and lovers of antiquity are engaged in their manufacture. In the homes of such people, and even on the shelves of collectors, it is possible today to meet this interesting creation - a salon doll.