Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
 
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Fashion Plates & Memories


Pretties, do you remember Fashion Plates? As a little girl they kept me entertained for hours. My sister and I would giggle as we matched up the outfits.

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I can so vividly remember every delicious detail: the 70′s high-waisted jeans, the wide-brimmed hat, the Dorothy Hamill wedge hairstyle, the Charlie’s Angels feathered hair, and then there’s the tennis outfit.  Who didn’t love the (now très vintage) tennis outfit?

Tennis

As it turns out, most of my friends remember, too. Wouldn’t it be marvelous to bring those Fashion Plates back? Before our plastic-plated dolls there were paper dolls ~ the dress up dolls of choice for my ever-chic Mom’s (still very young) generation…

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And before the delightul dawn of Downton were Godey’s fashion plates…

Godey's

Then there are fashion plates of today….

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But for a select and lucky few, we’ll never forget our plastic 1970′s Tomy Fashion Plates.  The memories are priceless. My friend Terri and I once designed an exclusive “petite” line by omitting the center plate, and combining the head and leg plates. I can still hear our peals of laughter…

Before Fashion Plates, I dabbled in other toys, including Barbies.

Barbies

Today I sketch while watching Project Runway, dress my friends and clients, and style their outfits. I guess some things never change!

“The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.”  ~Karl Lagerfeld

 

Fashion Plate photos courtesy of The Medestrian and Pattern of Life.

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  • Mawson

    Can you buy Fashion Plates these days?

  • http://www.orderintheskort.com DollyB

    You can, but they are harder to track down – here are some that you can
    purchase on ebay and Amazon. They need to bring this fab hobby back!

    Vintage Tomy fashion plates on eBay:    http://bit.ly/nW94od

    Vintage Hasbro fashion plates on eBay:    http://bit.ly/nD6NHo

    Hello Kitty on eBay:    http://bit.ly/nyoRQP

    Barbie by Mattel on Amazon:    http://amzn.to/n5grZI

  • http://profiles.google.com/finamoon Crystal Abel

     I just found something similar from Melissa & Doug! http://www.melissaanddoug.com/fashion-design-activity-kit

  • Suefradgley

    wanting to purchase fashion plate were is the best place to go

  • Tech4ever1

    Ebay has the vintage ones. I saw a set go for 165.00 yesterday! But I got a set that was missing several plates for about 30.00. I’m just going to purchase more plates from another auction.

    Etsey only had one.