Fashion dolls

The history of dolls is as old as the history of mankind. This is proven by excavations from all eras.

The glazed porcelain dolls you see in front of you date from between 1830 and 1890. They were called mannequins, Parisienne or tea dolls and were used exclusively as fashion dolls for adults. The doll manufacturers always tried to dress them according to the latest trends. Twice a year, France, America and England produced their own collections for each country according to the latest fashion magazines. You could see everything that belonged to the wardrobe; from shirts to evening dresses, over jewellery to hats. Fashion dolls existed already much earlier. In 1391 the French king was charged 459 francs for fashion dolls wardrobe by Robert de Varennes, who was the court embroiderer of Charles VI.