This Australian brand calls itself just “Dollcake” on its site, “Dollcake-Oh-So-Girly” on Facebook, and @dollcakevintage on Instagram (see below for social media image-links): the name I know after posting a number of promotional shots featuring Allee Jowett modelling their outfits, here. Tutus aren’t really particularly their thing – despite this one, and its pink twin – being so appealing:
…..unlike the tutu-obsessed UK brand Angel’s Face, for example. Dollcake really specialises in a modern version of vintage girls’ dress styles – and to be honest little Victorian or Edwardian girls didn’t go around wearing tutus on a regular basis. They do feature – but more as an admission that a lot of mothers just see frilly, lacy and flouncy in their designs, so expect tutus to be included as an option.
Here’s the blue version – showing that it’s an interpretation of a tutu, rather than the thing in its stiff ballerina-style majesty:
As with the fashion portraits of Allee, some of their promotional work is sweet: pretty and feminine – with the quality improving exponentially from the early days of showing more dresses-on-racks than actual models:
…..as you can see, some tutus – but also rompers, bloomers, tiered dresses: and a lot of tulle, organza and lace trim. The inspiration seems to come more from ladies’ and girls’ period underwear styles than from outer wear – which was rarely this pretty and frivolous.
It all has an affinity with the Spanish girls’ collections by brands like Kauli (that I posted on a couple of weeks ago): theirs don’t tend to get inspiration from vintage girls’ wardrobes, but the determination to ignore practical modern “street” styling is equally evident. I remember an interview with Andrea Rembeck, the founder of Tutu du Monde, saying that from a young age her daughter refused to wear trousers or jeans – she would only wear “princess/ballerina” type dresses, no matter what she was doing, and whatever the weather or temperature. It’s a choice, and I don’t think Disney or fairy stories are to blame – it’s a way a girl expresses how she feels (and who she wants to be) at a particular age – and who will just as likely become a goth when she’s sixteen…here’s Andrea:
“Interviewer: Is there a line between practical and preposterous for your daughter’s clothes?
Andrea: Not at all like me, my daughter is a very girly girl and ‘practical’ is not in her vocabulary. Since she was 2 years of age she has refused to wear pants, claiming they are for boys only. So she’s happy to brave the elements in a tutu dress and a pair of tights.” (Couturing.com)
Here are some of Dollcake’s shots of Allee Jowett that I didn’t (mostly….) post previously:
….and as well as Allee they feature another (Australian, naturally) model that I’m definitely going to post on in the near future: Kyra Harlan, who models for 3Minimodels:
….who has an amazing combination of blonde hair and piercing dark eyes…