Duke and Duchess of Windsor Fashion Paper Dolls in Full Color
The courtship and romance of King Edward VIII and Wallis Warfield Simpson, rigorously opposed by the British establishment, captured the imagination of the entire world. Following Edward's abdication and subsequent marriage, the royal pair assuming the titles of the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor, emabarked on a life of glamorous exile as the social lions of two continents and the epitome of fashion.
The jewels and the wardrobe of the Duchess were the envy of women on both sidees of the Atlantic, and the Duke literally set the style in men's attire in the English-speaking world for a generation. These superbly drawn paper dolls and costumes accurately depict stunning examples of their ceremonical and fashinable attire over more than five decades, 1911 to 1967.
The Duke and Duchess are each represented by two dolls, The Duke's 14 costumes incude his most impressive uniforms and robes of state, among them those he wore for his investiture as Prince of Wales and as Royal Commander of the Guards. Here too, are his Royal Navy and Bengal Lancer ceremonaial uniforms, his elegant attire for the races, his finely tailored suits and causal wear, and, of course, the omnipresent Windsor knot, which he originated.
The 14 costumes for the Duchess include the gown she wore for presentation at Court in 1934; dresses she wore on her honeymoon in Venice and Austria; gowns by Mainbocher, Chanel, and Dior; and casual attire. All are fully accessorized including selections from the Duchess's celebrated jewels. Her costumes, and those of the Duke, are classic examples of French couture and Brisish tailoring in their finest hour.