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Miniature mannequins outfitted in couture clothing (1945/46) at the Théâtre de la Mode exhibit~Image by Christine Alvarado.

Miniature mannequins outfitted in couture clothing (1945/46) at the Théâtre de la Mode exhibit~Image by Christine Alvarado.

Jean Saint-Marin working on the wire construction of the mannequins for the Theatre de la Mode~Image credit Robert Doisneau/Rapho

Jean Saint-Marin working on the wire construction of the mannequins for the Theatre de la Mode~Image credit Robert Doisneau/Rapho

Theatre de la Mode at Maryhill Museum of Art. Cloth was rationed and couture houses were shut down in France throughout WWII, so at the war's end the great couturiers created this exhibiit to re-start France's fashion industry and boost French morale. All mannequins are 1/3 human size, exquisitely costumed, and in a very feminine manner that ran counter to contemporary American styles.

Theatre de la Mode at Maryhill Museum of Art. Cloth was rationed and couture houses were shut down in France throughout WWII, so at the war's end the great couturiers created this exhibiit to re-start France's fashion industry and boost French morale. All mannequins are 1/3 human size, exquisitely costumed, and in a very feminine manner that ran counter to contemporary American styles.

At the Maryhill Museum in Maryhill, WA: Theatre de la Mode began in post-war Paris as a way to continue the haute-couture fashion shows on a smaller scale due to limited resources and rationing.

At the Maryhill Museum in Maryhill, WA: Theatre de la Mode began in post-war Paris as a way to continue the haute-couture fashion shows on a smaller scale due to limited resources and rationing.

Victorian to Art Deco colored celluloid combs with stones, with one Japanese metal hair pin and one Chinese metal trembler hair pin with semi-precious stones and kingfisher feathers.

Victorian to Art Deco colored celluloid combs with stones, with one Japanese metal hair pin and one Chinese metal trembler hair pin with semi-precious stones and kingfisher feathers.