Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rocking the Boondocks with Music and Doll Icon Marie Osmond

I'm a little bit country
And I'm a little bit rock 'n roll



I'm a little bit of Memphis and Nashville
With a little bit of Motown in my soul



I don't know if it's good or bad
But I know I love it so
I'm a little bit country, I'm a little bit rock 'n roll
She's a little bit gentle, she's a little bit runnin' wild



She's a little bit a full-grown woman, she's a little bit of a child
Don't know if I'm happy or sad
My music makes me whole
I'm a little bit country
And I'm a little bit rock 'n roll



I like that peaceful easy feeling of a laid-back country song
And when I sing my rock 'n roll, I can sing it all night long
I love my country with all my heart and my soul
I go out on Saturday night for a little bit of rock 'n roll



I know I'm goin' to feel all right
No matter where I go
With a little bit of country
And a little bit of rock 'n roll


 
Marie Osmond Modeling Doll was made by Mattel in 1976.
Her wardrobe was designed by Liz Cole for Retros




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Glamour Puss Redefined: Hollywood Canteen Ivy Jordan

The spotlight is on Miss Ivy Jordan! The talented actress is mostly known for her savvy comebacks and perfect comedic timing. Yet, sometimes society falls trap to a silly dichotomy: wit and sex-appeal may not always come together harmoniously. To challenge this assumption and to regale our readers' eyes,  Dolldom had the honor of hosting Mel Odom's Miss Ivy Jordan in her "Hollywood Canteen" iteration as manufactured by JAMIEShow Dolls. The results of the fun modeling session are but pat one of a series of entries celebrating the beauty of Miss Jordan and several of her Monolithic Studios' colleagues.
Today we feature Miss Ivy Jordan, Glamour Puss. As a blonde (very platinum) Miss Jordan's deep indigo blue eyeshadow pops and her deep red lips (that pout - so Garbo!) exude you-can't-kiss-me attitude. Who knew? Here she is: Miss Ivy "Vee" Jordan, ultimate glamour puss.


In Marlena's wig, restyled by hairstylist extraordinaire Kathy Johnson, Miss Jordan models her "Hollywood Canteen" skirt and Gene's "Promenade" blouse by Tim Kennedy.


"Hollywood Canteen" Ivy Jordan's fashion consists of two separate pieces that expand the mix-and-match possibilities. The blouse is shown in this photo accompanied by the skirt from "Afternoon Off" designed by Doug James. Ivy loves her platinum grey wig issued on "Hollywood Canteen" Gene Marshall. 




Vogue! Miss Jordan cuts an impressive figuere in "Fashion Plot" designed by Tim Kennedy.


Curves for days! In Liz Cole's in-the-jungle vintage raw silk gown, Miss Jordan will make the ultimate star entrance. Wig restyled by Kathy Johnson.


Goddess! In Timothy Alberts, "Blue Evening", Vee is nothing short of stunning. A rare beauty, indeed.


"Claudette" wig cap in platinum grey adds even more drama to the color palette.

Doll, wig caps, and some of the fashions featured are available at JAMIEshow Dolls
Liz Cole for Retros
Wig restyle by Kathy Johnson (Miss Johnson may be contacted via The Studio Commissary board.)


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Vogue (Monolithic Studios' Remix)


What are you looking at?
Strike a pose
Vogue

Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Deitrich and Miss Madra Lord

Marlon Brando; Jordan, Vee

On the cover of a magazine

Gene Marshall; Harlow, Jean

Picture of a beauty queen
Zita Charles, Fred Astaire

Ginger Rodgers, dance on air

They have style, they have grace
Rita Hayworth gives good face
Oona, Katherine, Marsha too

 
Violet Waters, we love you

Ladies with an attitude
Trent Osborn's in the mood

Don't just stand there, let's get to it
Strike a pose, there's nothing to it

Vogue

Vogue with Mel Odom's iconic Gene Marshall 
and friends as manufactured by JAMIEshow Dolls.
















Friday, August 12, 2016

Silkstone Underground

Barbie, the Teen-Age Fashion Model, recently found herself in a conundrum. What to wear for the cover photo of the music album of her new band The Silkstone Underground. Quick thinking led her to collaborate with several artists who came up with several excellent ideas. At the end of the session, Barbie loved all the looks and decided to release several songs as 45 RPM records!

First off: an evocation of 1960s spy flicks via a pink brocade trench and mini turtleneck dress by Rosina Haskell.


The platinun-haired beauty looks sensational in soft pink.

Cover for 45 RPM record of "Stop Spying on my Heart!"

Next: a coquettish hand knit mini and white leatherette boots.


Very seductive! Perfect for a rock and roll shindig.

Cover for 45 RPM record of "Cold Waters of Love"

Courrèges, you say?


The icon of 60s couture- the metallic mesh mini!


Barbie is a stunning presence in Francesca Pigliapoco's silver version.


Cover for 45 RPM record of " Zubbi-Dubbi"

What about pink gingham? It's another classic.


This made for Poppy  Parker number is both sweet and sexy. A strong contender.


Cover for 45 RPM record of "Jamais pour toi"


Any gowns?

 
Bien sur! Here's one for you. Empire waist is, after all, le dernier cri.


Silver cuffs and a flower pin add sparkle.
 
Voilà! The Robert Best design is enchanting! It's sophisticated and elegant.


And this is the cover for the LP titled "I Live out of the Box!"

Friday, August 5, 2016

Walking Around Monolithic Studios

It's always fun walking around a studio. The daily on goings of the movie business can have its humdrum moments, that's for sure. Yet at Mel Odom's Monolithic Studios, even wardrobe tests can be a treat, like Dolldom illustrates with these photos taken during a recent visit to its sound stages. This special preview of upcoming projects is meant to whet the public's appetite for the Silver Screen magic of Monolithic Studios!


Movie: "When the Sun Heats the Sand"
Star: Gene Marshall
Wardrobe design: Doug James
Hair styles: Kathy Johnson


Movie: "Rumba Macumba"
Star: Oona
Wardrobe design: Tim Kennedy


Movie: "Garden of Evil"
Star: Madra Lord
Wardrobe design: Tim Kennedy
Hair styles: Kathy Johnson


Movie: "More Fallen Leaves"
Stars: Marsha Hunt and Trent Osborn
Wardrobe design: Integrity for Miss Hunt. JAMIEShow for Mr. Osborn


Movie: "Lush Life, My Love!"
Star: Ivy Jordan
Wardrobe design: Liz Cole for Retros
Hair styles: Time of Doll

Mel Odom's Gene Marshall and friends are manufactured by JAMIEshow Dolls. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Francie's 50th!

When one's cousin turns fifty, what to do? Throw a big party! And that's exactly what the Barbie doll is doing in this Dolldom exclusive entry - celebrate her MOD*ern cousin!

Francie was introduced in a smooth black and white commercial back in 1966:

" This is Francie. Long hair. Real lashes. And bendable legs. She's MOD. Real kicky things. Granny gowns, groovy jumpers, and stockings. Like wild! Francie, Mattel's MODern new teenage doll. She's what's happening. You can tell she's Mattel, she's groovy"

And groovy she is as the following photos illustrate.

Happy 50th, Groovy Girl!


Hello, I'm Francie Fairchild
Portrait of a brunette standard Francie doll. This doll has been closely reproduced by Mattel's Bill Greening in her 50th Anniversary version.

Mod*ern Cousin, You Bet!
A standard brunette Francie doll arrives to shake things up in Barbie doll's world! Her hooded ensemble, "1264 "Swingin' Skimmy" from 1966-67, and #1250 "Gad-Abouts" from 1966-67 evoke the Youthquake period to perfection.


Malibu Style
A first issue Malibu Francie from 1971 is ready to impress her fellow sun-seekers in #1290 "Denims On!" from 1967




Francie in Japan 
The Francie doll was immensely popular in Japan, so much that she had her own Japanese face-up and fashions. Sold only with brunette hair, Japanese Francie models a reproduction of her lace kimono, made with loving expertise by Sylvia Campbell for Snowdance Fashions.


Most Beautiful Francie
A Black Twist-and-Turn Francie from 1967 represents a bold move to integrate African American dolls into Barbie doll's world. Miss Francie looks smashing in #1208 "The Silver Cage" from 1968-69.

Pink and Pure
A blonde Francie Twist-and-Turn- looks spring-perfect in  #1276 "Summer Frost" from 1967.


Brave New World
Francie came back in 2012 as part of the BFMC and made of Silkstone. Kitty Corner models a vintage Royal two-piece set made in British Hong Kong and her original stockings and shoes. Her hair was restyled by Bobby Taylor of Pink Bubbles Doll Spa.


The London Look
Green and blue combine in two different yet very iconic looks: #1250 "Gad-Abouts" from 1966-67 on a blonde standard Francie doll and #1251 "It's A Date!" from 1966 on a brunette bendable leg doll. Mid-Centrury Modern table by Darren Cole for Retros. Chair by Maryann Roy.




I'm with Francie!
Francie ushered a new era to the Barbie doll's world. In #1207 "Floating-In" from 1968-69, a blonde bendable leg doll leads her cousin in style and youth appeal.


At the Parade
The color palette of #1266 "Quick Shift" from 1966 matches Midge's "Poodle Parade" (#1643) from 1965.


Out of the Bag
A "baggie" Francie (Mattel sold left-over dolls in clear plastic bag packages in 1975) gives good face in #1291 "Check This!" from 1967.


Happy Birthday, Francie!
The gang comes together to wish Francie the very best. Francie chooses to model Poppy Parker's Joyful Celebration gown at her very joyful celebration.

Dolldom dedicates this feature to Mr. A. Glenn Mandeville whose research and photographic work in the area of vintage Barbie and other fashion dolls has and continues to inspire us.

Credits:
Sylvia Campbell's Snowdance Fashions

Bobby Taylor's Pink Bubbles Doll Spa 

Welcome Home Furniture 

Darren Cole Furniture 

Morrison Furniture Studio