Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Meets The Captivating Miss Collier

With the success of Amazon Prime's fabulous The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, interest in 1950s fashion style was inevitable. The shows heroine is, after all, a fashion plate of the iconic kind in costumes designed by über talented Donna Kakowska.

Dolldom's editors enjoy and recommend the show not only for its storyline and excellent acting (Rachel Brosnahan is tops!) but also for its connections to one of their much beloved characters: the captivating 18-inch Kitty Collier by Tonner Doll Company. Who knew that, 17 years after her introduction, her fashion style would be evoked in a hit show?

"In a make-believe time and place, Kitty opens up her dress shop, which boasts the most beautiful clothing and accessories. Always the height of elegance, Kitty wears her highly detailed ensembles with great feminine flair. In 2000, Kitty Collier™ made her debut, marching onto the fashion doll scene as an unprecedented 18” full vinyl fashion doll with a vintage touch, bringing a breath of fresh air to collectors everywhere." - Tonner Doll Company catalog, 2000

No fashion doll collector can deny that Robert Tonner has given collectors dolls of amazing beauty and the 18-inch Kitty Collier embodies his creative integrity. Meant to portray the idealized beauty of mid-century American fashion design, the Kitty Collier line offered very high standards of manufacture at a very inviting price point. Kitty Collier's sculpt is based on Mr. Tonner's limited and much more expensive porcelain Decades of Fashion line from 1996. Yet, the inset eyes give the vinyl Kitty Collier undeniable depth of emotion.

The company allowed Kitty, so reminiscent of vintage grande dames such as Ideal's Revlon and American Character's Fashion Toni, to remain relatively unencumbered by a complex storyline, inviting collectors to build their own, pretty much in the same way that Ruth Handler did with Mattel's Barbie doll. The line was discontinued after 2006, but in retrospect, Kitty Collier stands proudly elegant amongst the plethora of fashions dolls created during the renaissance of the fashion doll ushered by Mel Odom's dreamy Gene Marshall and Mr. Tonner's own Tyler Wentworth.

Here's to marvelous Midge and captivating Kitty!

The Golden Hour 
"Cocktails at Five" from 2000 and "Grand Occasion" from 2006 illustrate the powerful glamour of gold brocade.

Not a Cloud in the Sky 
"My Blue Heaven" from 2001 could be taken out of a Douglas Sirk movie.

"Enchantée's" navy blue organza and satin cocktail ensemble is reminiscent of Barbie's "Dinner at Eight".

"Lilac Cotillion" is tour de force in doll making. Fabric, draping, face-up all combine in a perfect total look offering.

On the Avenue! 
"Fifth Avenue" is another perfect example of a total look offering, this time in a luxurious bouclé. The wool dress and coat set is from 2002.

Ladies Who Lunch "Park Avenue's" sober charcoal suit with plumed chapeau is a perfect counterpoint to "Lunch at the Ritz's" hot pink wool tailleur. Both are from 2003

Jungle Red! 
"Shopping Chic" is a classic red velvet coat with animal print collar and cuffs from 2000. An iconic look for an iconic doll.

Seeing Red 
Kitty Collier makes a grand entrance in "Scarlett Glamour's" figure-hugging red velvet gown from 2001.

Champagne Bubble 
The red bubble dress contained in the exclusive and very limited FAO Schwarz from 2002 is an unforgettably flirtatious confection.

A Rose Is... 
Evoking a fragrant rose garden, "Parfait Promenade" from 2002 is quintessential Kitty Collier style.

American Classic 
The ultrachic "American Beauty" is inspired by a Norman Norrell design.

Bon Voyage 
A traveling suit of inimitable elegance, "First Class" established Kitty Collier as major fashion plate.

For more on The Marvelous Mrs' Maisel's fashions. make sure to read this article from The Daily Beast.

All photos of the Kitty Collier doll by ©Dolldom / Ernesto Padro-Campos Photography

Monday, December 24, 2018

Vistions of Sugar Plum

 While visions of sugar plum couture dance in our heads...

Démuse Doll Nichole by Nigel Chia wears her debut dress and nothing else. A new Sugar Plum Fairy. Minimal. Exquisite.  

Happy holidays to all!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Like a Hot Toddy

This winter, stay warm and cozy in a HillCrestBarbies sweater dress. Expertly knitted by Henrietta Lockhart, the sweater dress goes from office to party and keeps the wearer comfortable and chic.

A delectable trio made with fine yarns and ingenious patterns.

Blues and pinks abound in a dynamic play of vertical and horizontal lines. Hair by Pink Bubbles Doll Spa.

A patchwork-look pattern imparts an evocative 1970s vibe.

A beautiful neckline accompanies the shorter hemline of this eye-catching number.

Everlasting Allure

Time passes, the world continues to turn, and we forge on. But one day, our eyes encounter a familiar face, visiting from the past, and that meeting reveals a truth: a doll's everlasting allure.

Robert Tonner's Sydney Chase is such a character, one that changed the face of the fashion doll collecting scene along with her sister-in-couture Tyler Wentworth (who turns 20 in 2019). But this is Sydney's moment as she basks in soft, fall evening light. In her 2003 Ready-to-Wear iteration, Sydney has a straight arm body, bending legs and "Copper" Saran hair. But perhaps it is the face-up (yes, the eyes are hand painted) with its pale and natural palette that makes this face so powerfully alluring. After all, it was Sydney Chase who made the pout the ultimate fashion accessory and many dollies after her have followed and continue to follow suit.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Francie and SquishTish

Joana Costa, owner and designer of SquishTish, is known for her handmade clothing for dolls. SquishTish always surprises with a well-curated selection of textiles unlike anything else in the market. SquishTish's designs are exemplars of classic simplicity with clean lines, youthful silhouettes, and a most precise fit.

MODenr cousin Francie, in her "Kitty Corner Silkstone" iteration (restyled by genius extraordinaire Bobby Taylor of Pink Bubbles Doll Spa) models a pitch-perfect ode to the 1960s: two darling dresses that evoke the art of Vera Newman - fresh, new, joyful.

Dolldom wishes to thank Joana Costa and SquishTish for another inspiring collaboration. Muito obrigado!

Sunday, October 28, 2018


It's time for a scare or a tremor so rare
That your peepers pop out as you stare
Into a dark and cold void
It's a ghoul overjoyed,
For this night reign all screams and nightmares!

Happy Halloween 2018!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Haircut Economics

Haircuts. Appointments. Bad hair days. Fly away stands. Same-old-style boredom. What to do? Wear a wig cap.

JAMIEshow Doll's invention for its eponymous line of ball jointed dolls offers the ease and instant gratification that dollectors seek when at play. So what if a sober suit were to look better with a more traditional side parted cut? No problem. JAMIEshow Doll has it covered as there is a wig cap for professors as well as rock stars and everyone in between.

For this exclusive Dolldom entry, Palm Springs Lee models a slew of the company's wig caps in preparation for our fall fashion spectacular coming soon. We hope that you agree that although Lee is one of the most handsome models in the biz, hair, in this case, does make the man.

Mid-Century Classic. "The Mister" style along with a classic pair of frames by Shadowartifact yields an elegant gent look. Necklace by Joy Jarred.

Boy Band. "Palms Springs Basic's" style is carefree yet groomed.

"The Lee" is a short cropped cut with sufficient length at front to allow for a little hair play.

Papito! "The Waves" style is the equivalent of Farrah Fawcett hair for men. Sexy, windblown style for the leading man.

Más macho. "The Alejandro" style is an on trend look with undercut sides and a longer crown, combed back.

Hipstah! The show closes with a topknot pony with tapered sides that evokes Japanese samurai as well as today's urban dweller style. Hinged sunglasses by Shadowartifact.