Were you a little girl (or boy) fashion designer in the 1970’s like I was? Oh how I loved ‘Fashion Plates’. I’m not sure if it belonged to me, one of my sisters, or to all of us, but I loved it! It sparked creativity in me – thinking of good style and colour combinations and so on. I would sit there for hours designing, choosing patterns, colouring. Such simple pleasures and fun and not a device or screen in sight I might add! In my young little mind, I truly thought I was a gifted fashion designer and proudly displayed my collection of designs in a scrapbook.
Here’s the old TV advertisement for Fashion Plates (29 seconds).
And if you want to know more about how the Fashion Plates worked, here’s a guy giving a good run down of them (18 mins, 20 secs).
But wait there is more! Fashion Plates are not just a thing from the past that children of today can’t enjoy, unless they have Mum’s vintage set, because there is a new and improved version available for today’s children. There seems to be a basic Fashion Plates Design Set and a Fashion Plates Deluxe Design Set. Here is the basic set for $29 at Big W, and here is the deluxe set at Amazon for $40.31. Of course they would be available at lots of places so you’d have to do some research to see where they could be bought at the best price.
Did you enjoy Fashion Plates as a child? Know any kids who enjoy it today?
Ciao for now,