Barbie for big girls.

To The Manor Born

I never saw the BBC show of this name but am interested in the phrase.  It is believed to be originally from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the actual line is “To the manner born“.  Language and time have morphed this line into today’s “to the manor born” which essentially means someone born into affluence.  The well known phrase “being born with a silver spoon in your mouth” is another example of similar meaning.  Now…why am I going into this?  Excellent question.  When I first saw promo photos of Black Tie Ball Vanessa, my first thought was “This is a party girl and she is inebriated.”  She had the half-open eyes of someone who has imbibed just a bit too much.  When I opened the box and saw her in real life, my opinion changed a bit.  I still saw the party girl but I thought it would be fun to portray her as the trust fund baby party girl.  I love the platinum tresses on this lady and while the sleepy eyes kind of bother me, it definitely set my imagination flying and produced some fun shots.  I have nothing to complain about…oh…except perhaps the skirt on the dress she came in.  It doesn’t hang right.  The jewelry, shoes and top of the gown are all exceptional though.  Photos of Miss BTB Vanessa in her original gown are on my Flickr page.

The gown in these shots is by Eifeldolldress.  Love it!!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio To The Manor Born


©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio To The Manor Born

For those interested in the set for these shots, here is the info:

Champagne glasses are exquisitely delicate and in correct scale.  They are from Facets by Marcia.

Champagne bottle…have absolutely no idea where I got this.  Most likely from a Gloria furniture set.

Bombé chest is a repainted plastic jewelry chest.  My friend and artist Carolyn Grentz did this for me.

Gold chairs were custom ordered from China.  You can find more like them here.  Frankly though, you should just get ahold of some Barbie Fan Club chairs from this year and spray paint them gold…it would be cheaper.

Floral arrangement: Made by me of various silk and fabric flowers.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio To The Manor Born

And this little adorable Maltese!!  I found her on Etsy.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio To The Manor Born

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio To The Manor Born



12 responses

  1. Stunning photos! The dress is beautiful. Beautiful.

    March 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

  2. Robyne

    Exquisite. I believe the champagne bottle was the one that came with IT Coffee Table several years ago.

    March 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    • Ok, Thanks Robyne!! Not something I committed to memory. I am so thankful for people who remember those details and share it. 😉

      March 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm

  3. Great set, she looks very elegant. We did get ‘To the Manor Born’ in Oz, watched plenty of it, and very funny. Not so much about being born to wealth, but to a particular class, mostly defined by your accent, connections (school you went to), and the clothes you wear. It’s about Lady Whatsit having to sell her country estate to some ghastly nouveaux riche person.

    March 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    • Sounds like a fun show. Will have to check it out! Thank you Julie. Glad you enjoyed the photos and set.


      March 20, 2016 at 8:35 pm

  4. Fabulous photos. You are displays are always awesome.

    March 19, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    • Awww! Thank you Heather! Much appreciated.


      March 20, 2016 at 8:35 pm

  5. bevey99

    LOVE – all of it.

    March 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    • Thank you my dear. Glad you enjoyed 😉

      March 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  6. Audrey

    Gorgeous photos as always!

    Do you happen to have the e-mail address for Facets by Marcia? I went to her site and clocked on her e-mail link, but I just get a blank green page. (It’s a problem with my computer.) Thanks in advance

    March 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm

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