“I would like to introduce myself. My name is Inge and I’m 65 years old and a retired preschool teacher. I have been a royalista since childhood. I have attended King Frederik’s (Queen Margrethe’s father) birthday celebration at Amalienborg serveral times either with my parent or the school I was working for.”
The story goes on and Inge tells that when Frederik was born she found interest in this little new Prince: “When Crown Princess Frederik was born, I followed the familiy and especially his troubled childhood came to be a thing I had specially in mind.” Princess Mary now starts to be a part of Frederik’s life and Inge comment on this ‘love-of-his-life by saying: “We were all able to read about his love affair in the magazines. I, myself, had a theory of him being involved with a girl from either the Faroe Islands or perhaps Greenland.” Of course we now all know that there was a specific girl that had his interst, the Australian born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson. “… I was immediately convinced that she was the right girl for him!” says Inge.
One thing that caught my attention about Inge and her amazing hobby, is: why did this hobby ever began? Myself I love to be creative and make all kind of things that includes drawings, painting, sawing etc. but why make drawings of the future Queen’s clothes? Well, read what she answered to that question: “At their wedding, I was working on sketches of the wedding dress. These were mean to be cut-out doll’s for the children I was working with. Afterwards I continued designing Mary’s wardrobe for the paper dolls, based on her actually outfits.”
Actually, it’s not only Crown Princess Mary she made clothes for also her husband, now Crown Princess Frederik, was made as a doll: “A male doll was made to work as Crown Princess Frederik’s wardrobe.” The hobby didn’t stop there because them Prince Chirstian was born he also became a subject for her work and “…when Princess Isabella was bron, the children at the scholl asked me to do her wardrobe as well.”
|I’m so impressed by the way she works with the right colors, shapes and details on the dresses!|
“Due to a logn period with stress and depression my creative work was temporarily set aside. When I retired and regained my confidence, I returned to my work with the paper dolls…” Luckily! “My main focus has always been on Mary and her wardrobe. Now I draw for pure pleasure and it’s a great pastime activity!”
I know this from myself, when you start collection Mary-stuff you’ll very quickly get lots of folder, magazines etc. in every space it’s possible to place them. Inge might know what I’m talking about: “I now have three complete folder with evening gown, casual dresses, suits, skirts, pants, jackets, coats, ponchos, fur coats, hats as well as special outfits from for instance Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the military.”
My final question to Inge will be: Do you continue your CP Mary hobby? “Whether I’ll continue to draw Mary’s outfits or not, I don’t know yet. For the time being, I truly enjoyed it and find it relaxing. Even the complicated patterns and designs I find a certain joy in and takes it as a challenge. At times, I have entertained the idea of sending several pages filled with dolls and outfits to Princess Isabella on her birthday when she was old enough. she has now reached that age but I’m still in a doubt. after all, I’m still just an enthusiastic amateur.” I really hope you desice to send your wonderful dolls to Princess Isabella, I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to see herself as a paper doll with all her own clothes! Thanks Inge for being a pair of Styleofmary with your great work and to give the time to share your story with all of us! And if there is someone out there just started reading Styleofmary or regret you haven't already share you story; you are more then welcome to do it. It's not too late ;)