Saturday, May 21, 2016

If Movie Stars Were Dolls...

We're having one DOLLICIOUS time in Paris this time around! Dolls of all types, sizes and shapes have literally invaded the French capital, appearing here, there and everywhere. In addition to the humongous Barbie exhibition we covered two posts ago, there are vintage dolls with their wardrobes on display across the way at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs' exhibition's "300 Years of Fashion." In another part of town, 12" dolls and action figures have come together at the city's Doll Museum for an exhibition focusing on "Hollywood Stars as Dolls."

On view through September 3, La Musee des Poupees is featuring over a hundred dolls and action figures, all fashioned in the image of iconic stars representing the glory days of the silent film era to the blockbusters of today. Many are familiar faces you know from Mattel's collector series like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn Barbies. But there are a few surprises.

Grace Kelly
The James Bond series with 12-inch effigies of Sean Conner and Roger Moore, complete with martini fixings and handguns as well as a few of the film's Bond girls and notorious villains are a few examples of merchandise produced to promote the franchise. Other not-so-familiar figurines include a John Wayne cowboy, Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Jessica Lange complete with the gorilla (King Kong), Shirley Temple, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and even Laurel & Hardie and Groucho Marx. There are dolls representing the films, Titanic, Twilight Batman, Star Wars, Star Trek, Grease, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and even The Adams Family! We also appreciated seeing pop stars in miniature: Diana Ross, Cher, Barbara Streisand and Elvis. In all, there are 24 Windows all populated with these 12" stars encircled with posters and photos of their namesakes. In addition to Mattel, there are also dolls from the Tonner Doll Company, Disney, Hasbro, DC Comics and Mego.
Roger Moore

Sean Connery

James Bond girls

While this is not the over-the-top Barbie exhibit we saw across town, it is a more intimate event doll lovers will find to be charming and worth the trip. For those of ou unfamiliar with this museum, the price of admission also includes a stroll through their "history of dolls" permanent exhibition.
Adams family, Jim Carey

Laurel & Hardy, Groucho Marx, Josephine Baker

Once again I have posted a great deal of photos for those of you who cannot make it to Paris to see this. I've also noted below, the museum's website so that you can keep up with all the museum's activities should you ever visit this neck of the woods. There is also a resale shop for vintage dolls (on site and online), clothes & accessories, books and cards. Appraisal and restoration service is also available here.
Catwoman, Batman

Charlie's Angels
"Hollywood Stars as Dolls." Musee de la Poupee. Impasse Berthaud. 75003 Paris. (Metro: Rambuteau or Les Halles). Open Tuesday-Saturday 1-6pm (last entry at 5:30pm) except holidays. Entrance: 8 Euros

Doris Day, Rock Hudson

Gone with the wind


Greta Garbo

Jessica Lange

Johnny Depp

Dick van Dyke, Julie Andrews

Marilyn Monroe

I Love Lucy

Cher, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Elvis

Shirley Temple

Star Trek

Star Wars
All photos taken by Fashion Doll Stylist. 2016.

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  1. Hiya! I love this! So much going on in the doll world. Thanks for the window into an exciting exhibition...wonderful photos! Thinking of what you do and where you go when you are done...posting your photos!

    1. Thank you Jano. Glad you enjoyed this post. There are many fun parts to my trips back to where I call "home." Roaming through a whole fabric district is one and exploring my doll places is another. There are a couple stores here selling miniatures, outdoor antique markets selling vintage lace & of course all the various art museums, food, wine and long walks home (because there's so much to see).

  2. Une autre exposition avec des Barbie. Vous en avez de la chance en France, surtout à Paris. Je ne sais pas si c'est parce que Paris est réputé pour être la capitale de la mode, je constate qu'il y a plusieurs événements sur le thème de la poupée.

    1. Ici, il y avait une comparaison dans la presse entre les expos Barbie d'ici et celui de Montréal. La votre à été conçu par Mattel, tandis que l'expo parisienne était monté par la musée en implicant les thèses socio-historique. Il y avait beaucoup controverse autour cette expo à cause du rapport avec le multinationale. D'après les critiques, ce n'est qu'une grande coup de pub pour Mattel surtout au moment d'une baisse des chiffres d'affaires des ventes de poupées. Malgré tout ça, c'est une splendide exhibition!!!

    2. Merci pour cette information, je ne savais pas. Par contre, je sais que à Paris il y a une boutique souvenirs, ce qu'on n'a pas ici. Puis on y vend un magnifique livre Barbie et la mode (publié à l'occasion de l'Exposition de Paris). Si tu ne l'as pas acheté, je conseille à tous les collectionneurs qui s'intéressent à l'histoire de la poupée et les origines lointaines de Barbie, ce livre est très très riche d'enseignements. J'ai pu l'avoir grâce à une amie qui visitait Paris pour la première fois. Le livre est en français mais il est excellent !

  3. AHHHH! Shirley Temple! The only doll I have (it was my mother's). She still needs an outfit. All her original clothes are long gone.
    As ever, a well narrated tour of an intriguing show.

    1. Thank you, SJ. I had a Shirley Tempke doll at one time,too. She wasn't quite as vintage as the doll's in the show. But when my parents moved into a new home, my dad made me give her away. ;-( Otherwise, this was another fun show.

  4. Fabulous dolls. My fav is Rock Hudson:)

    1. Welcome to my blog and thank you for your visit. My favorite is the Dr No James Bond doll. Love the Martini shaker & Vermouth.

  5. Hi April, I am full of admiration for your ideas. Lovely creations <3 <3


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