A few days before we left for Toy Fair, I was able to share photos of the new A Girl for All Time doll, Lydia Peyton – your Georgian Girl. I was absolutely captivated by her photos and her fashions and could not wait to see the prototype doll in person at Toy Fair. A Girl for All Time did not have a booth at the Toy Fair in New York, but Frances was there for various meetings and had also brought all the A Girl for All Time dolls with her. She also had Shari with her – Shari is the designer for Lydia’s collection and you might know her better as the talent behind Thimbles and Acorns. We met with Frances and Shari at the tables outside of Toy Fair and got a wonderful opportunity to look at Lydia and her collection more closely. I just love what A Girl for All Time has created with Lydia and that is why I awarded her one of the Best New Dolls for 2014!
This is the official photo from the press release showing Lydia in her “Offer Outfit” – essentially the same thing as what you might call her “Meet Outfit”. Lydia is from roughly the same period of time as Felicity and Elizabeth, but her story is from the British perspective. Lydia’s story starts in England and it will bring her to the American Colonies – this will be a big adjustment and adventure for Lydia as well. While we have learned a lot about life in the Virginia Colonies from Felicity and Elizabeth, Lydia’s story will take us somewhere else – for the exact location and additional details of her story you will have to wait and see – but I know it will be very interesting.
Here is the first of my photos. Remember – this is the PROTOTYPE doll, these were taken in an area where the lighting was not fabulous, I was using my iPhone camera and there were all sorts of people in the background. That said, Lydia is SO GORGEOUS!! Her wig is actually created using three different hair colors so it has a very rich and natural look to it. Her eyes are such a gorgeous shade of blue, too.
Take a look at the details in her dress. Between Frances and Shari they have done LOADS of research, shopping and testing just to find the right colors, quality and details for Lydia’s wardrobe. That being said – this is the prototype and the materials may change during production depending on availability and cost.
Like the other girls in the line, she will come with basic undergarments that are true to her time. Her meet outfit consists of the pale yellow gown and petticoat with a matching hat and shoes.
Stunning details. Just stunning.
This is the press photo of Lydia’s Party dress. Let me just say, there is no way this photo does this dress justice! You can see similarities in Lydia’s face to the other Marchmont girls in the series, however, unlike most brands, the A Girl for All Time dolls each have unique face molds. This allows Frances to showcase the natural similarities and unique features that you would see in any family lineage.
With Lydia’s coloring she just looks so gorgeous in these pale hues. I love the detailing in the fabric of her skirt and the pearl and lace on the light blue is just divine.
It is hard to see this little detail from most photos. Her had has feathers and a little Wedgewood broach/pin which was very popular in Lydia’s time.
What makes this outfit so unique is the Sacque Back Gown which is identfiable by the box pleat. From the Thimbles and Acorns website –
The Sacque-Back Gown, as it was commonly known in England and the American Colonies, originated in France as the robe à la française as an undress fashion. Undress meant that they were informal articles of clothing that were presentable enough to wear inside one’s home while entertaining, but not something one would wear in public. It’s most notable feature was the box pleats which fell loose from the shoulder to the hem. At its most informal, this gown was unfitted in both the front and back and called a contouche, or robe battante.
Again, the detail of the pearls and lace are just breathtaking!
Lydia is definitely dressed for a party!
The press photo of Lydia’s Riding Outfit.
Lydia’s Riding Outfit has a white sleeveless top that goes under the jacket. The jacket is such a gorgeous shade of blue and while somewhat simple, the button detailing is so perfect. Diana was doing a great job of getting Lydia’s outfits just right and posing her for me.
Attention to the details is just one of the reasons I love the A Girl for All Time line!
There are even detail buttons on the back of the coat and gorgeous pleating making the design so authentic.
Here is a little surprise! Lydia MAY have a few additional pieces to mix and match with her other outfits. This is not for sure yet and again, they are playing around with various ideas, but isn’t this green silk jacket and hat with the lace trim beautiful?
Now to answer a few questions that I know you all have!
1. When will Lydia be available for purchase? If everything goes well in production, Lydia should be available by August.
2. How much will she cost? Right now the A Girl for All Time dolls sell for $134.99 – expensive, yes. Worth it, definitely – especially for collectors and junior collectors.
3. When will Clementine’s book be available? Soon. Very soon.
4. What about the trunk that gets passed down to the next girl in the Marchmont family? The trunk is in the works. Frances is very picky and wants to make sure it is to scale, it is historically accurate and it is affordable. So, stay tuned!
You can read more about Shari’s experience and a bit of the back story on how she got involved in the A Girl for All Time project in her post, Second Star to the Right and Straight on Until Morning.
And finally, yes, we will do a more detailed review of Lydia once she is for sale and I know we will be doing a giveaway again this year.