Introduced in 1995 by creator Mel Odom, "Gene" is a very stylish fashion doll based on a fictional movie star of the '40s and '50s. Gene Marshall dolls, exquisitely wardrobed, were so successful that Odom created addtional dolls including chic villianess Madra Lord, Gene's leading man Trent Osborn, her fashionable best friend Ivy (Vee J.) Jordan, and the sultry Violet Waters.
These glamorous vinyl dolls are now available as paper dolls in a book by Jim Howard, one of the greatest fashion illustrators of all time. His commercial work graced the advertising of many of America's most prestigious fashion retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller.
"Gene and her Friends" is lavishly illustrated in Jim Howard's beautifully artistic style, featuring 5 dolls and 8 pages of stylish outfits.