Monday, April 7, 2008

My Elise Southern belle: Part 2

In my last post, I talked about my undocumented Elise yellow formal. I went into a lot of detail, partly because I've never seen the outfit documented, and I'm sure there are others out there who could use some information on it.

Now I want to tell the story of the doll who is wearing the outfit in my new Elise display.

Elise in a yellow shadow print formal

I bought this doll about four years ago. Her blond hair is still tightly contained in the original set; her face paint is perfect, with beautiful soft pink lip color and blush. She came with her original silver low-heeled shoes that had (unfortunately) been painted with gold airplane paint, a pearl necklace, a pair of net and lace gloves, and a dingy veil and blue lace garter that were clearly not original.

Elise's perfect hair

I originally bought her to wear an Elise bride dress that I have, but I never completed the outfit. When I went through my dolls recently, I decided she ought to wear the yellow Southern belle outfit, which had been another doll — a redhead with mussed hair — for several years. I switched the outfit, and the transformation was amazing: Whereas the outfit looked played with and imperfect on the mussed doll, on the perfect doll it practically glows!

Madame Alexander Elise

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