World Colors Dolls & Dresses, Folk & Ethnic Dolls

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9780875884738: World Colors Dolls & Dresses, Folk & Ethnic Dolls

Explore the beauty of world antique to contemporary dolls in this extensive research book. Rich, full color photos of dolls in ethnic dress are augmented by fact-filled doll history (maker, mold number, costume descriptions) and real life costume history as it applies to specific country, province, region, town or village. Postcards also document the costume of the country and provide a comparison between doll and human. The definitive research book for doll collectors and costumers! 300 color photos. 192 pages.

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Capture and preserve world costume history through this spectacular visual record of antique to modern dolls, textiles, and postcards. Organized alphabetically by country, augmented text detailing further geographical references, explicit doll maker information and costume commentary provide a window through which to view country traditions and styles. Open your eyes to World Colors through dolls and dress!

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Susan Hedrick has her roots in Kansas City, Kansas. It was there that she played with Barbie dolls, cars and horses, while listening to her older sister's records. Her baccalaureate degree is in Fine Arts and her Master's in Art History, both earned at the University of Kansas. Following jobs at the university art museum and in Russell, Kansas, she served as Curator of Decorative Arts at the Illinois State Museum and Curator of Art at the Alaska State Museum. She has authored articles and books dealing primarily with the decorative arts, including dolls.

She was first exposed to dolls as an art form some two decades ago and has contributed to that concept through her writings and at her present position as Curator of Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art in Bellevue, Washington, where she currently resides.

Susan is currently involved in doing further research with dolls in regional costume. She believes that this area is one of the "vast unknowns," with endless possibilities for the future.

Vilma Matchette was involved with folk costume, dance and research as a young girl. The knowledge gained from this research, combined with an extensive personal library, has only increased with the years. Her interests have grown to include wide spread aspects of folk and historic dress.

She has worked for several museums in research and installation. Other work has been for fine arts auction houses, a fashion school, and many folk performing ensembles. For many years she has been the costume judge for an annual Greek American contest in the Western States. She documented the Blanche Payne Collection of Eastern European Costumes and Textiles for the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. She currently lives in Washington State and continues her explorations into costumes and cultures.

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