Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Making of Séverine's Advertisement for FDQ Magazine

Julian Stanislaw Kalinowksi decided to start 2016 with a bang by advertising his Séverine, Miss Sévinyl, and Bunty Lee's now aborted Rachel dolls in Patricia Henry's Fashion Doll Quarterly magazine. What a better way to profile these 21st century fashion dolls so imbued with the zeitgeist of the late 1960s?

Since these captivating ladies seem to have arrived via time-machine to lucky collectors the world over, a decision was taken to mimic page 25 from Sear's 1964 Wishbook Christmas catalog.

The stunning collage features Ruth Handler's iconic Barbie and her best friend Midge modeling elegant fashions designed by Charlotte Johnson and created by hand by many gifted seamstresses in Japan. A half-page image shows Barbie and Ken in their formal best.

Since Séverine, Miss Sévinyl, and Rachel (soon to be available as Solange) are hand painted and hand coiffed dolls that wear mostly one-off handmade couture, the association seemed natural.

Dolldom's photographers and stylists went to work immediately once the special models arrived from England dressed in the very best hand made creations of Liz Cole for Retros, Rosina Haskell, Tania Lawrence, Sylvia Campbell, Juliet Whorton...even a vintage Franklin Lim-Liao! These are the resulting images:

Designer: Tania Lawrence

Designer: Tania Lawrence

Designer: Tania Lawrence

Designer: Tania Lawrence

Designer: Liz Cole for Retros

Designer: Rosina Haskell

Designer: Sylvia Campbell

Designer: Liz Cole for Retros

Designer: Juliet Whorton

Designer: Sylvia Campbell

Designer: Rosina Haskell

Designer: Tania Lawrence

Designer: Tania Lawrence

Designer: Tania Lawrence

Designer: Liz Cole for Retros

Designer: Liz Cole for Retros

Designer: Juliet Whorton

Designer: Sylvia Campbell

Designer: Franklin Lim Liao

Designer: Rosina Haskell

The formal Barbie and Ken photo called for all out glamour.

Designer: Rosina Haskell

After a careful selection process headed by Mr. Kalinowski, the images were sent to graphic designer genius Fokke Hoekman in Berlin so that the final magical collage could be created and sent to Fashion Doll Quarterly.

Make sure that you get a copy of Fashion Doll Quarterly so that you may have a print version of the ad. Vive Séverine.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Heart of Gold

Mel Odom and JAMIEshow are a wondrous team. The collaboration of these two great names in fashion doll history continue to expand the world of Gene Marshall in its ultimate resin incarnation. Hand painted faces combine with Old Hollywood styling and the results are stunning.

In this last post for the month of January, Dolldom profiles the inimitable Ivy Jordan in her "Heart of Gold" fashion. An unmistakable success of a total look, Miss Jordan is worth her weight in gold in this gorgeous lamé gown wand what has to be the most glamorous accessory this year: a golden turban.

Viva Ivy Jordan!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Crème de Cerise

- A glass of liqueur, Mademoiselle?
 -Absolutely, young man. Crème de cerise.

Lilli Lalka slowly sips the highly sugared spirits flavored with macerated black cherries and waits for her appointment to arrive.

In her superb Retros cocktail sheath and black glittered tulle shrug, Julian Kalinowski's Lilli Lalka evokes that luscious flavors of her drink of choice.

Friday, January 22, 2016

With One Look

With One Look
by Andrew Loyd Webber

With one look I can break your heart
With one look I play every part
I can make your sad heart sing
With one look you'll know all you need to know

With one smile I'm the girl next door
Or the love that you've hungered for
When I speak it's with my soul
I can play any role

No words can tell the stories my eyes tell
Watch me when I frown, you can't write that down
You know I'm right, it's there in black and white
When I look your way, you'll hear what I say

Yes, with one look I put words to shame
Just one look sets the screen aflame
Silent music starts to play
One tear in my eye makes the whole world cry

With one look they'll forgive the past
They'll rejoice I've returned at last
To my people in the dark
Still out there in the dark...

Silent music starts to play
With one look you'll know all you need to know

This time I am staying, I'm staying for good
I'll be back to where I was born to be
With one look I'll be me!

JAMIEshow's "Poised for Success" Zita Charles

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Ivy's Turn

Extra! Extra! Mel Odom's Ivy Jordan reaches new heights! Yes, you've read it right! Miss Gene Marshall's dear friend now forms part of the JAMIEshow family becoming a resin ball-jointed beauty! Delighted and surprised fans cheer as the witty actress and director makes her early 2016 entrance in the fashion doll world dressed to kill in gold textured lamé in the amazing "Heart of Gold" ensemble.

Miss Jordan visited the Dolldom photo studios for a project soon to be revealed in the pages of Fashion Doll Quarterly and sat after hours for these exclusive portraits that we feel honored to share with you, dear readers.

The world of Gene Marshall continues to grow in beauty! Congratulations to Mr. Odom and JAMIEshow for another sensational achievement.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Madame M

Madame M (for Marshall, of course) poses for this first post of January 2016.

Model: Mel Odom's "Holiday Gala" Gene Marshall as produced by JAMIEshow. 
Wig: Ilaria Mazzoni for Time of Doll

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Options abound. Dolldom imagines that the handsome men of JAMIEshow will choose to spend the evening alone or in the company of a very special significant other reflecting on their accomplishments, their joys, and their sorrows. For another year ends and with it go many an memory of a life well lived. Whatever the mood, the men of JAMIEshow will be dressed to welcome in the new year in style. "2016, we are ready for you!" - they say in unison as they model the masculine designs of talented Ayal Armon for JAMIEshow Homme.

"On Michigan Avenue" Basic Alejandro selects a deep salmon linen jacket with high collar to ward off the ocean breeze chill as night falls. Black linen slacks anchor the look.

"Sharp Casual"

"On Michigan Avenue" Basic Tatum opts for a classic peacoat-inspired linen coat with metallic thread in a soothing cream color and a pewter mesh muscle top. The nautical feel is repeated by the classic black linen pants.

"Afternoon Stroll"

"Havana Nights" Basic Lee elects a more daring look - a cropped jacket in a luxurious mandarin color and salt and pepper tweed slacks. Hair styling by Chewin.

"Evening In"

Dolldom wishes you peace and health for 2016!