Name: Dress Me Boy African American Vintage Repro Ginny Doll
Made by and When: Vogue, (released) 2010
Material: Hard plastic
Marks: (On the head) VOGUE DOLL COMPANY/©2009; (on the upper back) VOGUE DOLL COMPANY/VINTAGE GINNY/©2003/MADE IN CHINA; also has a gold Vogue Dolls wrist tag
Height: 7-1/2 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Dark brown curly wig, brown sleep eyes with painted upper eyelashes, closed mouth, rosy cheeks
Clothes: Sold as a dress-me doll (as seen here), this doll was released wearing red and white polka dot underpants. Dressed by the curator in the separately-sold Vogue “Going to School” outfit of brown corduroy short suspender pants, white/brown/tan striped shirt, white socks, and brown faux leather shoes that snap closed at the ankles.
Other: This is the first African American Dress Me (Ginny) Boy to use the 7-1/2 vintage reproduction Ginny body. In the final gallery photo, Vogue’s manufactured doll is shown with a one-of-a-kind Ginny boy created by the curator using a vintage reproduction Ginny girl. The curator’s doll was fashioned in 2008 after Vogue’s release of Caucasian Dress Me Ginny Boys. In the absence of an African American boy in the initial release, the curator shared photos of the OOAK Ginny Boy with a Vogue executive in December 2009, as documented here. The following year, Vogue mass produced dolls like the one in this installation.
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