Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal

November 11, 2018 - March 3, 2019

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Price: Free with admission
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    The prettiest playthings. Before Barbie and American Girl, there was Miss Fanchon. The ultimate toy for privileged girls in the 1860s and 1870s, she and her friends were seen as models of ladylike perfection. These dolls came with an amazing array of dresses, undergarments, and meticulously crafted accessories, from gloves and jewelry to roller skates and calling cards. Bring the kids—or just your love of all things miniature—and marvel at these tiny Victorian treasures.

    Image: “Miss G. Townsend” Fashion Doll, 1870s, France (Gift of Edward Starr, Jr., 1976-58-9)

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