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Teenage Doll Study Day

Fans and collectors of Sindy, Daisy, Tressy and Pippa were in for a real treat because the Museum Of Childhood held an event in honour of their favourite British teenage dolls.

The study day started with Susan Brewer, author of fourteen books on dolls and collectables. Susan looked at dolls from the 1920s to the present day in her talk “From Boudoir to Bratz.


Jenny Lister, a Curator of Fashion at the V&A, looked at the period between 1960 -1975 for Sindy, Daisy & Pippa.

She focussed on Mary Quant, Marion Foale, Sally Tuffin and other designers who worked with the manufacturers to create some of the much loved dolls we still love today. 

Colette Mansell author of the History Of Sindy, her book is a must have if you're a Sindy fan/collector, talked about the stories behind the dolls.


Helen Carter, a Fashion Design Senior Lecturer at the University Of East London, did a show and tell with Sindy's from her private collection.

Helen previously curated a Sindy In The Sixties exhibition at the Museum Of Childhood in 2009/10.

Helen is an encyclopaedia of knowledge when it comes to the history of the Pedigree Sindy doll.

Finally Esther Lutman, an Assistant Curator at the V&A Museum of Childhood, gave us an exclusive look at some dolls not on display at the museum.

Dolls at the Museum Of Childhood


Fun Fact I Learned

Did you know Mary Quant was behind the Daisy doll. She was released in the UK in 1973. Mary used the doll as a model come muse, designing all her clothes.

Mary Quant's Daisy Chain of Things to Make and Do Published by Collins in 1975


The real stars of the day were the dolls displayed by the speakers and so they should be, the day was all about them after all.

Sindy In The Sixties

Curated by Helen Carter


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