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Resuscitating Ruby’s Dolls


During the early brainstorming sessions for New York at Its Core, discussions turned to the potential exhibition of Bermuda-born New York designer Ruby Bailey’s “Cotton Sculpture” dolls. In 2004, the Museum accepted the 29 fashion “Manikins” into its collection, despite the fact the objects’ condition had deteriorated in the years leading up to their accession by the Museum.  Ruby’s dolls are not only unique representations of animation and balance, but they provide compelling insights into her inspired creative vision at a time when the “Black is Beautiful” ethos ignited her 1960s Harlem community.

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This entry was posted on April 20, 2017 by in Costumes and Textiles.

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