Today I will reach out for help and assistance to make my dolly world better as well as my human world. I contacted Ms. A. Ivins of Belle Ami Fashions to assist me in any way she can to better assist myself. The letter I sent:
Greetings and salutations,
First I would like to say that I am enamored of your work. Second that you are both an inspiration and a role model.Thirdly I am following down the rabbit hole behind you. I am looking for both a mentor "big sister" as well as a possible friend that shares my interests and can understand and appreciate why I will be doing the things that I am going to be doing. I want to make a series of gowns based on the french court prior to the revolution. I have made a set of pocket hoops but then wondered if all the layers were necessary for a doll as they were a human. I am African american and I have felt that I don't exist or have a face in history. My goal is to create a face using real women that existed in that time. Can you offer me any advice or suggestions either towards research or what types of fabrics I should be using. I am new but I am willing to study, research, work hard and sew till my fingers hurt to get stuff right. I am desperate to have a face. Can you help me? Oh and I have 3 Goodreau Mirror dolls as my models and inspirations.
As it is a first letter and letter of introduction I will use it as a form letter until contact is made and a relationship is developed. There are a few more people I would love to send this to. I so wish J. A. Rogers was still alive. I know he could help me!
His book "She walks in Beauty" has been an inspiration to me and a book that I have to acquire a copy of. Borrowed it from a Harvard library while attending school at Lindenwood University. When I go back to school to finish my degree I will have to get it again and take notes this time on every thing she wears or eats.
Now its laundry time and then to make a sign and take some pictures...
She never replied.