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9 Little-Known Facts About Scarlett O'Hara's Curtain Dress

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 26, 2014

To mark the 75th anniversary of Gone With The Wind, the University of Texas has mounted an exhibition as epic as the film itself.

The Making of Gone With The Wind is open through January 4, 2015 at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. With more than 300 items, many never before seen, it's the largest, most important collection of GWTW artifacts ever assembled.
But one of those 300 items is so iconic it stands above the rest: the legendary green velvet "Curtain Dress", recently restored for public viewing.

As a symbol of Scarlett's determination to survive, it's as powerful as ever. As a spectacular creation by legendary Hollywood costumer Walter Plunkett, it's as striking as ever. As shown by the following little-known facts about the Curtain Dress, it's as interesting as ever.

Here's a look behind the curtain dress – 9 Little-Known Facts About Scarlett O'Hara's Most Famous Outfit:

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Topics: Gone With The Wind

What Every Mom Should Know Baby Doll & Toy Safety

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 20, 2014

As a mother it’s a big job to keep your children safe and it requires a lot of attention to details.

This is especially true when you are picking out a baby doll. While it may seem that any baby doll that was designed for babies would be safe, this is not necessarily the case.

Some dolls may be labeled as such, but you need to put on your detective hat to make sure you are selecting a baby doll that is truly safe for your precious little one.

If you follow these five steps during the buying process, you can rest easy knowing the baby doll will be a welcome companion for your child:

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Topics: Toy Safety

Retro & Period Dolls: 4 Important Details to Look For

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 13, 2014

If you've looked into collecting dolls you know that antique dolls can be prohibitively expensive, hard to find, and difficult to take care of.

But contemporary dolls dressed in period costumes can provide a fascinating window into the life and styles of other eras. A meticulously accurate retro-style doll can transport you to another time, be it the Victorian Age or the Roaring 20's.

Online resources can be help you judge how authentic a doll's outfit really is. Looking at vintage illustrations, advertisements, portraits, and movies from the era can also help give you a sense of the right feel for the time.

Here are 4 important aspects to pay close attention to when you're shopping for authentic style of a retro, vintage or period dolls:

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Topics: Doll Collecting, Period Dolls, Retro Dolls

How to Start a Doll Collection: A Beginner's Guide

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 6, 2014


Artistry. History. A seemingly infinite variety of choices. And of course, timeless, captivating charm. No wonder so many have started their own doll collection and that it has become one of the most popular hobbies in America.

The world of doll collectors is a vast and busy one, but there's always room for one more!

We asked doll lover and blogger Maureen Jenny Aucone of The Mommy's Guide for her thoughts. She also sits on Madame Alexander's 2014 Mom Advisory Board, so clearly we value her opinion.

With Maureen's help, we put together some advice to help you get the most out of collecting, starting with your very first doll.

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Topics: Doll Collecting

How To Choose The Best Doll for Any Age And Stage

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 30, 2014


When chosen correctly, a doll has the power to be a best friend, a source of comfort, and a way to show creativity.

So how do you make sure that the doll you select will be all of those things and so much more?

You can start by choosing a doll appropriate to the little girl’s age. Every age group uses dolls in a different way, which means you probably shouldn't buy the same doll for the 1-year-old and the 5-year-old in your life.

Here are some features to look at in a doll to find the right doll for the right age:

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Topics: Baby Dolls, 18 Inch Dolls, Parenting

3 Important Benefits a Girl Gets From Having An 18 Inch Doll

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 23, 2014


18 inch play & fashion fun dolls seem to be all the rage these days.

You can find dolls in every ethnicity, with every combination of hair and eye color imaginable. But are these dolls just a marketing hype, or do they actually provide some benefits to your little girl? (Hint: the answer is yes!)

When you can find an 18 inch doll that closely matches your daughter’s features, she will experience these 3 very important benefits as part of her pretend play that will assist to her growing up:

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Topics: 18 Inch Dolls

5 Fascinating Facts about Margaret Mitchell

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 16, 2014


On August 16, 1949, 65 years ago, the world lost Margaret Mitchell at the young age of 49. The creator of Gone With the Wind had led a colorful life.

While that was the only book she ever published, it brought her great fortune and lasting fame. It remains one of the most popular books of all time, still selling thousands of copies each year and inspiring a major film as well as a series of collectibles.

But did you know Mitchell's life was interesting enough to give her heroine, Scarlett O'Hara, a run for her petticoats?

Here are 5 fascinating facts about the life of Margaret Mitchell:

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Topics: Gone With The Wind

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