Post by C.I.Fairfield on Dec 27, 2009 23:04:42 GMT -5
I recieved this second hand for Christmas. My set was missing the anklet, choker and matching girl's bracelet. Otherwise the set consists of a skirt wrap, matching headband, and leotard.
I give this a B (for actual item) and an F- for history, placement and presentation.
Let's start with the F. As shown by my confusion with where to put this review, this is NOT a historical outfit. At best, it can go back to the 1970's (as I do for my Junie) and actually I think a lot of people would find in questionable in today's context as well. It's generic African print (not authentic Kente cloth), and the cowrie shells? Please. Throwing some shells at something does not make it "African."
This outfit is, if anything, a representation of African-American art forms, and not a particulatly authentic one at that.
But, on to the B. As an outfit itself, it's pretty good. The leotard is nice and thick and well finished. It's cut pretty far down in the back, which makes it easy to get on, and I like the sleeves that cover the arm caps.
The skirt is nice because it has elastic and some shaping, which helps it look nice on the doll. The headband is easy to get on - it didn't mess up my Junie's hair, which is a plus.
It gets the B because I am not sure that this was ever worth $28. Really? It's not a complete outfit, honestly. But it is kind of cute.