Does anyone remember Flip and Fold Fashions circa 1981 (and perhaps a bit earlier)? Created by Tomy, Flip and Fold Fashions was a toy which inspired one's inner fashion designer. Basically, it featured a "lady model" sans clothing affixed to a template. There was a covering lid to the template which enabled a child to weave multi-coloured and patterned fabrics in and out of it thereby producing remarkably unique fashion ensembles (I tended to think that mine were rather stunning, although I must admit some were scandalously revealing). There were also clip on accessories that came in a small box. The "lady model" looked like an impression of Barbie or as I thought back then, very much like a young "Nikki Newman" (from the Young and the Restless).
I received Flip and Fold Fashions one year for my birthday and played with it religiously. I once took it to elementary school to show my awestruck friends (and a few foes). I even took it with me on one of our many family road trips to the States (where it was also met with equal fascination by young and old alike). It was one of those toys that you never wanted to part with. Sadly, my parents made me give mine to my younger cousin when I hit middle school because I was "too old" for it. She had been visiting from overseas and unfortunately for me was enchanted with it. I assure you dear reader, that had I still been in possession of my Flip and Fold Fashions, I would be playing with it regularly. You can be sure of it!
Note: All images here are courtesy of eBay as I regrettably never took any personal photographs of my Flip and Fold Fashions toy:
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