Revlon Doll Outfits, part 3: Queen of Diamonds

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Aug 272015
 
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Ideal Revlon Dolls dressed in Queen of Diamonds outfits. At left, lace and tulle; right, velveteen bodice and taffeta skirt with gold metallic threads.

Ideal’s highest priced line of Revlon dolls were dressed in outfits called Queen of Diamonds. These featured more expensive fabrics, such as taffeta, velveteen and lace, often accompanied by a real fur stole; rhinestone earrings, necklace and solitaire ring. Shoes were usually black but sometimes matched the color of the dress.

This Queen of Diamonds ensemble had a velveteen coat, and a scarf of the same gold lame as the dress bodice. A variation had a red coat.

  • Pale pink tulle and white lace dress with tiered skirt. See photo at top.
  • Red velveteen bodice with short sleeves; white taffeta skirt with horizontal and vertical gold threads; fur stole. See photo at top.
  • Sleeveless dress with gold metallic bodice, red cotton full skirt with black and gold print; red or black velvet coat; long gold scarf to match bodice fabric. See photo above.
  • Aqua, blue, green, red, pink or yellow brocade taffeta with net yoke, sleeves and sash; fur stole. See photo below.
  • Red, blue, teal or green velveteen dress with short sleeves, pink taffeta sash that ties into a bow in the back; rabbit fur stole. See photo at bottom.
  • Polished cotton dress in pink or red with white squared collar, plastic pin on bodice.

Taffeta brocade Queen of Diamonds dress came in several color variations.

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Learn More:

cover
Collector’s Guide to
Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
by Judith Izen
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Revlon Dolls &
Their Lookalikes
by Kathy Barna
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Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
by Dian Zillner
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Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

Revlon Doll Outfits, part 2: Cherries a la Mode

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Aug 252015
 
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This version of Cherries a la Mode is not as common as some of the others. Gold shoes are not original.

Of the three major series of outfits worn by Ideal’s Revlon Doll, “Cherries a la Mode” was the medium priced offering. It is usually a nylon or taffeta dress; straw hat trimmed with flowers; drop pearl earrings and necklace. The 15″ dolls did not come with the hat, but had a gold elastic headband instead.

The classic Cherries a la Mode ensemble.
Photo courtesy of Wishbook Web.

  • Light blue, navy blue, pink or yellow nylon covered with flocked red cherries, with tulle yoke and puffed sleeves. See photo above.
  • Nylon allover floral print with short puffed sleeves, shirred front of bodice. See photo below.
  • Pale pink, blue or aqua taffeta dress with nylon eyelet overlay. See photo at top.
  • Short sleeved white with red dotted swiss, solid red yoke and waistband. A rarer version is all dotted swiss, without the solid red fabric. See photo at bottom.
  • Navy taffeta dress with low rounded neckline; white organdy modesty panel across bustline, pink rose and velvet ribbon at waist. There is also a rare green version.
  • Navy blue nylon with white printed floral bouquets. Rare.
  • Nylon dress with flocked butterflies, in navy and white or pink and pale blue.
  • Pale pink nylon dress with green and white flocked leaves. Rare.

Nylon floral print version of Cherries a la Mode.
Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

One of the less common versions of Cherries a la Mode.
Photo courtesy of Melody Stackhouse.

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Learn More:

cover
Collector’s Guide to
Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
by Judith Izen
Find it on eBay.

Revlon Dolls &
Their Lookalikes
by Kathy Barna
Find it on eBay
cover
Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
by Dian Zillner
Find it on eBay.

Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

Revlon Doll Outfits, part 1: Kissing Pink

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Aug 232015
 
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Ideal’s Revlon Doll in Kissing Pink outfit. It was also available in pink and yellow versions.
Photo courtesy of American Beauty Dolls Shop.

Ideal’s Revlon Dolls (1956-60) were sold in many different outfits. The three major series of outfits were “Kissing Pink,” “Cherries a la Mode,” and “Queen of Diamonds.” Within these series there were also many variations, and there were other series and other outfits as well. Some outfits were only available for certain sizes. The 18″ and larger size dolls generally wore black elastic-strap shoes. The 15″ size usually had black plastic mules. All dolls (except dolls in teddies or pants outfits) wore a pink taffeta petticoat and panties, and nylon hose.

Photo courtesy of Wishbook Web.

Dolls dressed in “Kissing Pink” outfits were the lowest priced. For jewelry, they wore a pearl necklace. Later editions had drop pearl earrings as well.

  • Striped dress in blue, pink or yellow and white with self bow and rhinestone at neckline. See photo at top. The bow on the 15″ version is black rather than self fabric.
  • Puffed-sleeve taffeta and nylon dress with rounded neckline, in pink with flocked red hearts, or in navy blue or red with white flocked hearts. See photo above.
  • Plain taffeta dress with square neckline in various colors. This is the dress pictured on the cover of the Revlon box.
  • Red or blue cotton print dress; matching long sleeved solid color knit jacket ties at waist.

    Photo courtesy of Wishbook Web.

  • Short-sleeved dress in large scale square/flowered print with cowl neckline, rhinestone trim on bodice. See photo above.
  • Green or champagne taffeta dress with short puffed sleeves, lace trim in a V pattern on bodice.
  • Linen dress with pointed collar, cap sleeves, in coral, pink or mustard with scattered black horizontal and vertical lines.
  • Nylon organdy print dress in various colors with lace trim at neckline and sleeves, black velvet ribbon waistband. Rare.
  • 15″ size only: Floral dress with organdy cowl neckline; available in blue/green or gold/orange print. See photo below.
  • 15″ size only: Cotton floral print in various colors. Same style as the striped dress, with black flat bow at neckline.

One of the outfits only sold on the 15″ Revlon dolls. Shoes not original.

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Learn More:

cover
Collector’s Guide to
Ideal Dolls, 3rd ed.
by Judith Izen
Find it on eBay.

Revlon Dolls &
Their Lookalikes
by Kathy Barna
Find it on eBay
cover
Dolls & Accessories of the 1950s
by Dian Zillner
Find it on eBay.

Copyright 2015 by Zendelle Bouchard

Walking Revlon Doll by Ideal (1957)

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Aug 082015
 
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Scan from 1957 Sears Christmas Book. Courtesy of WishbookWeb..

Ideal’s Revlon Doll was the epitome of glamour in the late 1950s. In addition to the regular line, Ideal also made the 18″ and 20″ dolls in a Walking version that was advertised in the Sears catalog in 1957. The dolls “walk” by means of a mechanism inside the torso; when one leg is moved forward, the other moves back, and the doll’s head turns from side to side. The hardware inside the head tends to give the doll a flat-faced look.

The Walking Revlon Doll was available in two different outfits for both sizes.
Snow Pink is a sleeveless rayon taffeta dress with two tiered skirt, with tulle overlay on the top tier, square neckline, cluster of flowers at waist; pearl jewelry.
Evening Star is a taffeta dress woven with metallic threads, attached belt, sewn-in half slip; cotton velvet coat with rabbit fur trim; earrings, necklace and ring.
The banner tag on the front of the dresses read “Walking Revlon Doll”. These dolls and their outfits are very hard to find.

Another Walking Revlon doll was available through the Sears catalog in 1957 under their Happi-Time label. See the Happi-Time Revlon Doll page for more info.

Walking Revlon Doll in Snow Pink outfit.



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Happi-Time Revlon Dolls sold by Sears (1957)

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Scan from the 1957 Sears Christmas Book. Courtesy of WishbookWeb.

In their mail order catalogs, Sears sold many brand name dolls under their own “Happi-Time” label, including Ideal’s Revlon dolls in 1957. These dolls have a small Ideal tag sewn inside the dress (instead of the usual banner tag on the dress front), but otherwise are identical to regular Revlons. The Happi-Time dolls could be sold at a lower price point because they didn’t have to pay the licensing fee for the Revlon name. I have not seen one in the original box but they were likely just sent in a plain cardboard shipper. Both regular Revlons and Revlon Walkers were sold under the Happi-Time name.



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