Sunday, July 24, 2016

Barbie and Bakh Tier

The recent revision of the Silkstone Barbie Fashion Model Collection dolls with it's new articulated body and slightly altered body dimensions inspired Dolldom to revisit an old friend: Russian artist and designer Bakh Tier, featured in 2011 in an issue of Haute Doll magazine.

Bakh Tier's vision presents an exciting and daring fashion future for today. Beguilingly minimal and masterfully cut and constructed, the Bakhtiër garment features architectural elements that echo man’s desire to challenge gravity. Yet, with a single turn, the Bakhtiër fashion transforms and surprises us with its organic softness in its evocation of nature.

In this exclusive entry, Portuguese and French convention souvenir Classic Black Dress Barbie dolls model once again the sensational designs of Bakh Tier.

Friday, July 15, 2016

I Will Never Meet You

I will never meet you.

Because I will never be.

I'm one of five prototype dolls.

My creator, Julian Kalinowski, made me but, alas...

I am an aborted project. I'm I Will Never Meet You doll. I will forever remain in my maker's custody.

Nonetheless, Dolldom, thanks to Mr. Kalinowski's graciousness, is lucky to present its readers an exclusive portfolio of two of the five prototypes in colorful fashions.  Mr. Kalinowski has assured us too that this strong character sculpt will reappear - redux - in an upcoming line of hand painted dolls. Dolldom celebrates already in anticipation.

Liz Retros sparkly knit sheath and Maryann Roy cap capture the sporty spirit of I Will Never Meet You doll.

Tomato red bead necklace by Joy Jarred! 

Red, more red! A Liz Retros suit in one of her vintage signature Lurex treasures and a Dior hat. And that face. And those lips.

Big and beautiful lips.

Princess I Will Never Meet You. A vintage mystery dress and Barbie's crown. Gloves from BFMC and human ear cuff bracelets from H&M.


Coquette! Chanteuse royale! In Liz Retros' sexy strapless wonder.

Bandeau hat by Joshard. Necklace by Joy Jarred.

Remember my lips for they'll be back soon.

She Came by Time Machine

Doll collectors worth their salt have always dreamed of jumping on a time machine to travel in time. For that type of travel would facilitate the enjoyment of a much coveted doll. For those who wish for dolls of days gone by, especially the very hard to find ones, the proposition of time travel becomes even more seductive.

But thanks to Navdeep Sikand (AKA Virgin-Archer) there is no need to leave to present to acquire a doll from the past, because his doll Anouk is not only vintage-inspired but also created using vintage methods of doll manufacture. From her illustrations, marketing, packaging and clothes, Mr. Sikand has made sure that Anouk is authentically vintage in feel. She is intentionally naive, with basic posing ability, make-up and rooting patterns.

Mr. Sikand spoke to dozens of factories and found one in Spain that still had the machinery of the period, used the same mold making process, and most importantly, would sculpt the prototype by hand. The end result could not be more aligned with the ideal as Anouk captures the allure and style of the 60s with her clothes, hairstyles and make up.

Produced with a uniform make up and 2 hairstyles, a long wavy style with partial ponytail and a short stylish bob with bangs, Anouk is offered in three different variations. Cote D' Azur Anouk is primarily a tribute to Palitoy Britt, Marie and Gail dolls who were friends of the successful Pippa doll. Marie was French and from Provence and Britt was Scandinavian. But they were both sporting very deep suntans, Britt with starkly contrasting pale blonde hair, a striking image that fascinated Mr. Sikand as a child, even more so when Malibu Francie debuted.

Being of Indian heritage himself, and considering how popular Black dolls are, the artist knew that an Ethnic Anouk would be de rigueur. For the Caucasian dolls it was important to offer variety, which is why they come in four lovely hair shades (ash Blonde, Champagne blonde, brunette and Titian) with long and short hairstyles.

Mr. Sikand hopes that Anouk will draw out the excitement and fond memories that vintage dolls evoke. As the exclusive photos illustrate, it's not possible not to think that Anouk has been transported from the 1960s. Or could it be that a Mr. Sikand came across a warehouse with all the unsold stock of a never released doll called Anouk?

For more information on Anouk, be sure to follow her blog, join her Facebook group and visit her boutique. To acquire your very own Anouk, Mr. Sikand will sell the remaining dolls on eBay under his seller name navsikand2bvj. You may also contact him directly at

May Anouk's fashion show begin!

Hot Afternoon! A champagne blonde Anouk wears her sparkly maillot de bain  under Liz Retros' fabulous terry cloth robe and a vintage straw hat.

Mod in the Morning. Titian Anouk goes for an early morning walk in Poppy Parker She's Not There coat and a cap borrowed from Poppy's boyfriend Chip!

Instant Classic. Ethnic Anouk wears Capri, one of her debut fashions, and a glittery cap by Maryann Roy.

En voyage! A brunette Anouk travels in style in a Rosina Haskell dress, cape, and kerchief set. 

Erudite. Professor Anouk (Titian ponytail version) delivers an important scientific conference in her Trotteur suit.

Disco! An ash blonde Anouk dances the Watusi in Mod Barbie's Silver Sparkle.

Gayest Parisienne! In Marirose's delicate beaded bubble dress, Ethnic Anouk with ponytail is an enchanting presence at the cocktail party.

Grand Gala. Cote D' Azur Anouk (restyled by Mr. Sikand) hosts a fundraising ball in a Doris Day-inspired suit designed by Juliet Whorton for Dangerousdames Lounge. Bracelet by Joy Jarred.

First Dance. Ethnic Anouk models Marirose's take on Barbie's Junior Prom.

Opera! Opening night calls for all-out glamour. Ethnic Anouk (restyled by Mr. Sikand) wears her golden column dress and a jeweled pin - a family heirloom, of course.

Robe de marriage! The show finalizes with a romantic look (Poppy Parker's Wedding Belle) modeled by an ash-blonde Anouk.

For more information on Anouk, be sure to follow her blog, join her Facebook group and visit her boutique. To acquire your very own Anouk, Mr. Sikand will sell the remaining dolls on eBay under his seller name navsikand2bvj. You may also contact him directly at

Thursday, July 14, 2016

3D in 3D

So what happens when the first digitally-printed fashion doll, Mary Magpie, goes 3D herself? The boundless creativity of creator Joey Versaw brings us this kicky version of his unique Miss Magpie.

Styled with three different sculpted 3D printed wigs, Mary references one of cinema's milestones - the invention of three-dimensional stereoscopic film and channels the vibe of late 80s fashion style.

Articulated and strung, 3D Mary poses beautifully and is ready to take you into the third dimension!

For more on 3D Mary and the world of Joey Versaw dolls, visit his boutique.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Beads and Stones

Fashion dolls live to model. They model everything and anything under the sun. It's their raison d'être. They arrive in their boxes, tied with satin ribbons, and come alive when released from their glamorous bondage, more captivating than before, just in order to demonstrate their gratitude. Beautiful dolls. Fascinating creatures like this year's BFMC Silkstone Classic Black Dress dolls offered by Mattel at conventions the world over.

For this Dolldom exclusive, our editors chose to regale them with the very best in dressmaking. 100% hand made. 100% hand beaded. For no other process reveals craftsmanship and dedication to beauty than the luxurious application of decoration to fabric. Beads, stones, montées, pailletes, baguettes, bugle beads...

Dolldom is honored to present the work of designer Mark G. Harris.

Mr. Harris, known to many as a modern day American Lesage, approaches the process with a strong intellectual stance: each design is measured, balanced, and then lavishly executed on the very best color saturated silks. In this day and age when we allow machines to release us from the work we used to do with our hands, it is most rare to encounter an artist who, in joyful silence, works away in his atelier creating miniature tours de force such as the ones modeled by the forever beautiful Barbie doll.

Mr. Harris, who has immersed himself in the vernacular of '50s Dior, is currently making mock-ups for cocktail dresses. Created for his label Mode de M (M for Mark), Mr. Harris accepts a limited number of commissions each quarter. For more information, contact Mr. Harris via Mode de M.

Modèle M2-001  Café au lait 
Creamy light brown silk sprinkled with sucreries.

Modèle M2-002 Midori
Burnished gold and iridescent blue adorn refreshing green silk.

Modèle M2-003 Chambord
Royal hues combine in this cape and cocktail dress ensemble.

Mode de M by Mark G. Harris