The Kit’s Couture models can always be confident that they will look their best in the colours they are wearing. Why? Because they’ve all ‘had their colours done’!
Many of us will be familiar with the concept of colour seasons, and perhaps have been to companies like House of Colour or Colour Me Beautiful to find out which season’s colours suit us best. I’m a ‘leafed Autumn’, for example: I look my best in rich, deep, warm colours of Autumn, in particular all the colours of autumn leaves, from bronze, chestnut and russet through moss green to amber and gold.
What we have discovered at Kit’s Couture is that this system works for dolls too. When I started making clothes for my models I quickly realised that it was not good putting Kit (a Summer) into geranium red, or Susan (an Autumn) into ice-pink. Those colours simply didn’t suit them at all.
So one of the first things I do when a new model joins the team is to wrap her in as many different colours as possible to see which suit her best. It isn’t always easy, and sometimes I need to take a trip to see Christine, the official colour consultant to Kit’s Couture. We have great fun getting out a load of different fabric swatches and trying them on the models, and between us we always find the answer.
So here are the models listed under their seasons, with some notes on seasonal colour analysis:-
Springs need warm, clear, bright colours – think of the fresh greens and bright flowers of spring. The tones are yellow-based rather than blue-based (warm rather than cool). Avoid black or white for Springs. Look for ivory or pale cream instead of white.
Spring dolls tend to have blue or blue-green eyes and honey-blonde or strawberry-blonde hair. Their vinyl will often – but not always – have a creamy tone.
Summers need cool, soft ‘dusty’ colours – think of soft blue-toned greens, muted reds, and all the colours of sweet peas. Avoid large amounts of black or white for Summers.
Summer dolls can have blue-green or brown eyes and hair can be blonde, brown or even black. Their vinyl will often – but not always – have a pink tone. I have one black doll (Nora) who is a Summer.
Autumns need warm, rich, deep colours – think of the colours of autumn leaves, lime, moss and forest greens, geranium and brick reds, heliotrope or petrol blues. Black and white don’t suit Autumns at all. Instead of white, choose ivory or pale cream. Avoid black and go for very dark green instead.
Autumn dolls can have amber, brown or green eyes, and hair typically is auburn, brown or occasionally black. Their vinyl will often – but not always – have a creamy tone. My vintage black doll Susan is an Autumn.
Winters need cool, bold, intense or ice colours – think of winter landscapes and jewel colours: black, white, grey, ruby, emerald, sapphire, the reds and greens of Christmas, electric or royal blue, and by contrast the palest ice blues, pinks and yellows. Winters can wear black and pure white to great effect, the only season that these non-colours really suit.
Winter dolls can have ice-blonde, brown or black hair, and eyes can range from ice- or cool blue to dark brown. Their vinyl will often – but not always – have a pink tone. My black doll Jamila has amber eyes and mid-brown vinyl, but even so she’s definitely a Winter.
Hints and tips
You’ll have realised from the notes above that colour analysis for dolls isn’t as simple as looking at vinyl tone or hair and eye colour, although these can help. Here are a few tips which I find useful when trying to sort out the right season for my models:-
- Dress the doll in as many different outfits as you can, or drape her in different fabrics. If the colour is right, you should see the doll rather than the colour. In the right colour range, she will glow, her ‘skin’ and hair will look rich and wonderful.
- If you see the colour rather than the doll, that suggests it’s not the right colour for her.
- If you are struggling to make up your mind, try taking some photographs of your doll wearing different colours. I find I can’t get a good photograph of my dolls if they are in the wrong colours. They look uncomfortable and washed-out. Sometimes I can see this in the photographs whereas I can’t in ‘real life’.