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Paper doll set - Daisy's Fashion Wardrobe 4; Daisy's Dress Show
  • Daisy's Fashion Wardrobe 4
    Quant, Mary, born 1934
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Daisy's Fashion Wardrobe 4; Daisy's Dress Show

  • Object:

    Paper doll set

  • Place of origin:

    UK (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.204: 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 full frontal with her feet apart, the true left foot turned slightly inward and the true left hand tucked behind her. She wears white knickers with a red heart shped motif at the front, and red knee boots with platform soles.
[paper doll set] Doll, colour printed on card, representing a teenage girl with blonde curls and blue eyes; her stance is half sideways with her head inclined, her true right leg and her arms are flexed, with the true left hand on her hip. She wears green and white polka dot knickers, and white shoes with platform soles.
[paper doll set] Clothes colour printed on paper.
Doll C: 'Charlie Girl' suit in brown and white Prince of Wales check with dark orange boots and bag and separate feathered hat; 'Wrap Up' tan coloured belted coat; 'Shimmy' red fringed dress with separate beaded headdress; 'Hopscotch' ankle length dress in red and green plaid with red shoes; jacket and ankle length dinner dress in black with separate veiled pill box hat; pink dress with puffed sleeves and matching boots; dark orange bag with black and white U shaped motif.

Doll D: 'Scotch Mist' suit with dark orange skirt and dark orange/ tan/ white/ black striped jacket and black clutch bag with separate matching striped pill box hat; 'Huckleberry' red/ blue/ white checked sleeveless jumpsuit with red footwear; 'Blossom' floral print black dress, separate black pill box hat with pink feathers, separate red fun fur (marked 'A' but apparently for this doll); white wedding dress with feathery trim and white shoes, separate matching hat; 'Natasha' brown suit with ankle length skirt, fur muff and brown boots, separate matching fur hat; ankle length red evening dress with white fur jacket, yellow clutch bag and red shoes.

Place of Origin

UK (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
[paper doll set] Corlass illustrator's signature
[paper doll set] Doll C (identifies which clothes fit which doll)
[paper doll set] Doll D (identifies which clothes fit which doll)

Dimensions

[paper doll set] Height: 30.4 cm, Width: 24.2 cm closed, Thickness: 0.5 cm
[paper doll set] Height: 25.1 cm
[paper doll set] Height: 24.7 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 4 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_O1156982
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