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paper doll set - Daisy's Fashion Wardrobe 1; Daisy becomes a model
  • Daisy's Fashion Wardrobe 1
    Quant, Mary, born 1934
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Daisy's Fashion Wardrobe 1; Daisy becomes a model

  • Object:

    paper doll set

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1973 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)
    Corlass, Joan (illustrator)
    Diana Cooper, born 1890 - died 1981 (author)
    Model Toys Ltd (printer)
    Collins Books (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    [paper doll set] Printed paper and card
    [paper doll set] Printed card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Wright

  • Museum number:

    B.202:1 to 4-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

Daisy was a teenage doll: she and her clothes and other possessions were designed by Mary Quant. Daisy was launched in 1973 with the associated slogan "the best dressed doll in the world".

These Daisy paper dolls (made by the same manufacturer) and their clothes reflect not only the clothing and hair fashions of the day, but also the fashion model poses and the graphic style (in this instance shared with fashion journalism, dressmaking patterns etc) which tended to show girls as basically childlike, with large eyes, flat chests, large feet and disproportionately long legs. The bouffant hair is perhaps more a reflection of the vinyl Daisy doll.

Physical description

[paper doll set] Book with eight pages printed in black on white, and containing a brief story by Diana Cooper about the character, with line illustrations by Joan Corlass to colour in. The book is stapled in two places at the centre, and has printed card covers, the end flaps of which originally contained the dolls.
[paper doll set] Doll, colour printed on card, representing a teenage girl with blonde curls and blue eyes; her stance is almost full frontal with her head inclined and feet apart, the true right leg turned sideways with the knee flexed, her true left hand on her bottom. She wears white knickers with a red heart shaped motif at the front, and red knee boots with platform soles. There is a card strip which the doll slots into, enabling her to stand.
[paper doll set] Doll, colour printed on card, representing a teenage girl with blonde curls and blue eyes; her stance is full frontal with the true left leg crossed over the right with the knee flexed and her toes touching, her hands on her hips. She wears white and red polka dot knickers and red shoes with platform soles.
[paper doll set] Clothes colour printed on paper.
Doll A: 'Out & About' blue dress with red and white checked trim, separate matching bag; 'Miss Prim' blue and white floral dress with blue clutch bag, separate matching hat; 'Mopsie' long dress with red gingham smock bodice and bag and white broderie anglaise skirt*; ankle length wedding dress with white shoes and posy of flowers; 'Teddy Bear' outfit of white and red dotted blouse, black skirt, red fur jacket, yellow clutch bag, separate red fur hat; ankle length pink floral dress with pink gingham smock bodice and pink boots; long skirted black dress with red fur jacket, yellow clutch bag, separate red fur hat.
*There is a discrepancy between the illustration and the text description of this outfit

Doll B: 'Buster' cropped blue trousers and waistcoat with red checked blouse and red boots, separate sun glasses; 'Downtown' blue dress and matching bag; 'Bubbles' high waisted dress with daisy print on a red ground, red and white gingham sleeves and hem and matching daisy print bag; 'Pussy Galore' black and white striped dress, separate white flower for the hair, separate black bag; blue flower-printed dress with lace apron

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1973 (made)

Artist/maker

Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)
Corlass, Joan (illustrator)
Diana Cooper, born 1890 - died 1981 (author)
Model Toys Ltd (printer)
Collins Books (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

[paper doll set] Printed paper and card
[paper doll set] Printed card

Marks and inscriptions

[paper doll set] © 1973 copyright date
[paper doll set] Corlass illustrator's signature
[paper doll set] Doll A (identifies which clothes fit which doll)
[paper doll set] Doll B (identifies which clothes fit which doll)

Dimensions

[paper doll set] Height: 30.5 cm, Width: 24 cm closed, Thickness: 0.5 cm
[paper doll set] Height: 24.7 cm
[paper doll set] Height: 24.6 cm

Object history note

Owned by the donor, Jane Wright (b.13/06/1963), as a child. Jane always loved dolls and, together with her friend Lynne, would make her own outfits and accessories, including chairs made from yoghurt pots. Her love of cut-out dolls started with the ones featured in the Bunty comic. She used the Daisy Dolls to re-enact her own Miss World competition, rating the different outfits.

Descriptive line

Daisy paper doll set 1 by Mary Quant; made in the UK 1973

Production Note

It is certain that Joan Corlass did the illustrations (some of which are signed) for the stories; she probably also drew the dolls and their clothes.

Materials

Paper; Card

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Scotland

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection code

MoC

Qr_O1156949
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