Fashion doll, ca. 1790

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Trimmed in pink silk, this doll represents a shift in fashion toward narrower silhouettes inspired by Greco-Roman design. There is evidence this doll once wore a hat, bonnet or wig. Fashion dolls, sometimes referred to as a "fashion babies" or "pandoras" were used to circulate information about the latest styles.

While this doll represents circa 1790 fashions, it is unclear when the doll was made, perhaps after 1820. It is one in a set of eight fashion dolls spanning circa 1787 to 1820.

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  • Title: Fashion doll, ca. 1790
  • Creation Date: circa 1790
  • Subject Date: circa 1790
  • Media: wood, silk, pearls
  • Local Code: 4270*b
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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