So, I was watching the 1938 version of Marie Antoinette this morning, the one with Norma Shearer, and I have to say the costumes were absolutely to die for. Designer Adrian really did outdo himself creating the magnificent gowns featured in the film. It was originally supposed to be shot in color, but it was decided the cost was just too high.
Even in black and white, it’s breathtaking. And if you need color, you can add it to B&W paper dolls of Shearer’s costumes.
Do children of today even know what paper dolls are? I certainly enjoyed them as a child. I fondly remember my Twiggy, a magnetic figure with mod outfits, and Betsy McCall from the old McCall’s Magazine.
The paper dolls I see now are all geared towards adults who love fashion and/or film and have a nostalgic yearning for the playtime of the past.
Suddenly, I find myself yearning for a Richard Armitage paper doll set. Of course, it would also need to have the accessories: his military berets, and those to-die-for scarves of John Porter’s and cool sunglasses, Thornton’s top hat, Guy’s sword and gloves and so forth. And changeable hairstyles and degrees of facial hair, too. And removable tattoos for Lucas!
Hmmm. Maybe the figure should be made of that wipe-off material and you could use a dry erase marker to add as much or as little “hair” as you wished.
Of course, Richard Armitage paper dolls wouldn’t be as good as having the real thing to dress and uhm—undress, but I think I would quite enjoy it.