The Metropolitan Museum of Art - "1878 Doll", House of Lanvin, 1949, French. This was a fashion doll given by France to America in thanks for American donations of relief packages after the end of WW2.
"1787 Doll" with costume by Mendel / Rose Valois, made in 1949 as part of the Friendship Train. This dress was inspired by Philibert-Louis Debucourt's painting "La Promenade au Palais Royal." Debucourt (1755-1832) was a French printmaker and social satirist known for his depictions of French society. "La Promenade au Palais Royal" caricatures the indulgent and frivolous nature of French society including prostitutes and other undesirables leading up to the French Revolution.
"1811 Doll" House of Paquin (French, 1891–1956) Designer: Elegances Designer: Richomme Date: 1949 Culture: French Medium: metal, plaster, hair, silk, leather Dimensions: 30 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (77.5 x 26.7 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Syndicat de la Couture de Paris, 1949
1774: Jean Desses. ""Les Adieux" by Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune provided the inspiration for this dress by Jean Dessès. Moreau le Jeune (1741-1814) was a French illustrator and engraver best known for his illustrations recording fashionable dress and interiors in the "Monument de costume physique et morale" published by L.F. Prault in 1776-1783. The original etching and engraving is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection."