Friday, August 29, 2014

Retraction - Samantha's Controversial Boots

OK...I am officially going to retract my objection to the color of Samantha's Frilly Frock boots.


 I did a little research...

Edwardian Boots

Date: 1910–20
Culture: American
Medium: silk, leather




Also in Robin's egg blue.

Clearly I have to see these boots in person for myself! 
Adding Frilly Frock to my list....

18 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Thank you for this. That frilly frock might just be on my wish list too.

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  2. There is also a bit on one website that indicates they this style was available in pink...so lavender is a realistic stretch.

    http://www.victoriana.com/Fashion/edwardianshoes.html
    (link originally given to me by a friend)

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  3. That is extremely interesting! I never would have thought actual boots from that time would be in those colors! Guess they did actually research things before they designed these outfits!

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  4. I think they are still trying too hard. Also was the bow necessary? And would a young girl have worn such a high fashion pair of boots?

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  5. The dress and boots (especially the metallic sheen) are not to my personal taste but I figured there must have been similar boots at the time somewhere out there so thanks for linking to it. AG would not have spent all the money on the relaunch without having the historical stuff nailed down. Same for Kit's dress--I am sure somewhere they have a picture of a girl from Kit's era wearing something similar (if in a different color).

    Now, if those pictures would find their way into future printings of the books with an innovative section called (just my personal suggestion) "Looking Back", a lot of the internet howling might cease. ;)

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    1. What a terrific idea! I like the way you think ;-)

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  6. Nope, still hate 'em. Hate the boots, really dislike the dress. Never going to change my mind about the boots. Shudder.

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  7. Well yes, while the style is historically accurate, the color though. When did you see metalic purple in 1904? In fact I think metallic purple is very much a modern color. So yeah, the style is right color,not so much.

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    1. I heard quite a few reports that even in customer photos, the shoes still shine too much, and that it's actually in person that they appear to be more of a matte, pearlized leather look, and actually kind of a lilac hue. I feel like lilac wouldn't be too far off since muted pastels seemed to be popular for Victorian/Edwardian clothing.

      I think they're okay. I'd like them even more if they came with a tiny doll-sized metal buttonhook. I was already one delighted girl when they pretty much made an exact replica of the curling iron in Welcome to Samantha's World for Rebecca; now if they would just also make a buttonhook, even if it's for pretend!

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    2. Yeah, online does look very different from in person. I think that the boots would look great on the modern dolls. In fact, I hope someone put's Samantha's outfits on modern dolls. If AG intended for Samantha to look quite a bit modern, the outfits should not look out of place on the modern doll. Unfortunately, I'm not getting any of Samantha;s outfits so I hope someone else takes my idea. I also am just now realizing how much the frilly frock looks like the pretty pink outfit for the MAG dolls.

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  8. Regardless of whether or not these boots fit the era, they do NOT fit the character or the story. Grandmary would never let Samantha where something like that. I feel much better about Sam's entire new collection if I imagine it as her clothing AFTER she moved in with liberated Cornelia. That said, I will forgive AG for these boots if they will make them in my size.

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    1. Hahaha- make them in my size- I AGREE!

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  9. Well, I knew the style existed.... And the sheen lends to SAMs shoes being metallic...but still not a fan of the metallic pink. Why not metallic ivory cream? Or black? I know they're trying to appeal to the young ins, but why not satin pink like the dress? And then make the dress white with contrasting embellishments?
    It still looks like sweet Lolita's ...

    But I do have to mention her cash register was soo cute! I do like the Parlor.. Although I really want Caroline's Parlor to finish off her collection. I'm just afraid my Daughters will always tip it over on accident!

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  10. Even if there were boots that color, the combo of that pink and purple is jut ugly

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    1. I actually think the combo is quite genius, but not for 1904. I do think the dress would look cuter if it were a MAG dress.

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  11. I ordered the frilly frock the day of the lanch. Hoped it would grow on you :)

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  12. OK. I'm with you. I remove my objection, now that I have seen the historical evidence. Honestly, I think I have to see this whole thing with my own eyes at AGP to decide whether I want it or not … some things are more impressive in person (and vice versa).

    I want my BeForever catalogue too!!

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  13. Thank you for showing the pictures of the Edwardian boots. I love them; however, they would be more accurate with the kitten heel.

    How high in society was Grandmary? If she was an American version of Downton Abbey (like the Duponts in Delaware) then it would be quite probable for Samantha to have a pair.

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