Recently, I was shopping and saw a 2015 version of Fashion Plates. Two expansion packs are available – glamour and sporty. Each sold separately. That’s a bit different from the all styles version I owned in 1978.
Fashion Plates is part toy and part craft. There are several steps to create a design.
- Select upper and lower body plates. Sometimes the upper body requires two pieces – a face plate and a torso plate.
- Lift the frame holder and place the selected plates in the recessed cavity.
- Secure a piece of paper over the plates and under the frame holder.
- Using the black transfer crayon provided, rub over the raised edges on the plates to create an outline.
- Remove the paper from the holder to decorate each item.
- Fill the outline with colour using the pencil crayons provided (or your own art supplies).
- To add texture, use the reverse side of the plates and rub with the desired colour.
The plates can be used in hundreds of combinations to create endless fashions.
Mostly, I remember frustration when the tiles or paper slipped creating a smudgy outline. I was further frustrated when I couldn’t add the detail to match the vision in my head. That said, I’m sure I played with it regularly for several years. The pursuit of perfection, I guess.
I wonder how many of today’s fashion designers and writers played with the original Fashion Plates. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone kept a sketchbook of their childhood designs?