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The International Brides all have painted eyes. Their hair colors and styles are different from the
"regular" Ginny. Some of the vinyl has faded in various ways. The dolls pictured in this article have been
stored together away from light and heat in original boxes since at least 2004 but have aged differently.
Sadly, there is no archived evidence in Vogue files to tell us who designed the dolls or their
costumes. Considerable research must have gone into their creation, as well as selecting all the fabrics
and trims to create the effects desired. I would love to be able to credit someone with that.
I think they were aimed at the pre-teen market, an upgrade from the grocery store premium dolls of
earlier years. The boxes say "for ages 3 years and over" but I believe they were intended primarily as
display pieces for older girls, not playthings for young children. Possibly they might have been a foray
by Vogue into the adult collector market as well.
The "authenticity" of the costumes is questionable. However, given the limitations of size and
price point, the International Brides, in my opinion, do capture the essence of cultural bridal fashion
traditions. Each country represented probably has many regional differences. This set of twelve is a
representative sampling of regional styles, some of which might have been "old-style" even in 1982.
The same fabrics, laces, and trims have been used for more than one country, which makes sense in
terms of manufacturing efficiency and price point, for these were moderately-priced dolls.
Many of the costumes and dolls pictured are not totally pristine. I was reluctant to try pressing the
costumes or working on their hair, so they are as they are. I also made only one tentative attempt to
bend their knees. After nearly 40 years in one position, they are pretty stiff!
Each box in the series is captioned on the front with the nation of the Bride. The backs show pictures
of all 12 of the International Bride series. The bottoms show the date of the series (1982) and the
manufacturer's information. A stand is included in the box with each of the dolls.
The French Bride is dressed in white satin with lace apron and sleeve trim, gold rickrack on bodice and
at hem, ribbon over the shoulders that matches the headdress, a sash of gold rickrack with blue ball fringe
on the back, and a gold cross. Like most of the others, she wears white tights and white Mary Jane shoes.

Here are the Polish, Egyptian, and Chinese Ginny Brides in their original boxes.
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