Friday, December 23, 2011

Daisy by Jung Hee Park

Daisy! by ernestopadrocampos
Daisy!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
 
Daisy is the new resin ball jointed doll designed and realized by Korean artist Jung Hee Park. Having collaborated before with the exquisite Hee for a Haute Doll feature for her other sensational character, Bambola, Dolldom was aware that a wonderful creation would soon join its realm. And Daisy is everything a dollector wishes to have in a doll. Like Bambola, Daisy is an amalgam of pop references distilled into a unique entity. The doll comes dressed in a variety of fashion styles and can also exchange clothing with Takara's Licca and Blythe, making her an natural fit in may collections. But it has to be Hee's energy and essence that imbue the doll with incredible magic. Daisy feels classic and essential, like a doll you've always had in your collection. She in fact is a dream doll that finally becomes reality.

Boxes of Beauty by ernestopadrocampos
Boxes of Beauty, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Two boxes arrive containing treasures called Daisy! Daisy is the new resin BJD by Koren artist Jung Hee Park. A porcelain Myling sister sleeps all through the commotion.

Hello! by ernestopadrocampos
Hello!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Open box! Inside a personalized note invites the dollector to take in the moment! Carpe diem with Daisy!

Ready! by ernestopadrocampos
Ready!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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"Scent of Pine Needles" Daisy peeks at her new surroundings.

Free! by ernestopadrocampos
Free!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Ready to head up to the nearest forest.

You too? by ernestopadrocampos
You too?, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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"Scent of Pine Needles" Daisy wakes up her sister from the short nap. Dolls by artist Jung Hee Park.

At Home by ernestopadrocampos
At Home, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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The sisters stretch their legs and take in the sight of the bay from their new home.

Tea Time by ernestopadrocampos
Tea Time, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Reminiscent of "Hey, Little Girl" fashion style, "Daisy's Tea Time" set is a winner.

Daisy! by ernestopadrocampos
Daisy!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Dolldom chose the "default #3" face up for the  "Daisy Tea Time" set. Love the red little lips and black eyes.

Forest Dweller by ernestopadrocampos
Forest Dweller, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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"Scent of Pine Needles Daisy" models her Little Red Riding Hood-inspired dress with hand embroidered details. The doll glows with life.

Dear Daisy by ernestopadrocampos
Dear Daisy, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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"Scent of Pine Needles" Daisy doll by artist Jung Hee Park. The close-up reveals Hee's amazing face painting skills and artistry.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Winter Wonderland

Dolldom denizens of all ages, sizes, and materials gather to celebrate winter and to reflect as 2011 draws to an end. With its short days and colder weather, the season calls for warm hearts and hearths to keep chills of the skin and the soul at bay. So what to do? Give love and kindness to one and all. Then, feather your nest with ornaments of glitter and tinsel. Create a peaceful vignette with which to regale the eyes and make paper hats for the kids to wear as they play around the Christmas tree. Give the gift of a hand knit sweater to ward off the cold. And dazzle at that special soirée in a grand couture gown.

Dolldom wishes to thank all of its friends and colleagues without whom it would be impossible to enjoy life de luxe. May 2012 bring us all a world of health, peace, and prosperity!


Winter Butterfly
Mel Odom’s Gene Marshall is a stunning beauty in a gift of glamorous couture. Her friend Travis Kaller sent her this gorgeous gown by the inimitable Vince Nowell.


Noël chez Bleuette
Bleuette celebrates in classic style wearing hand knit sets by Liz Cole for Retros. The crepe paper hats, decorated with silver glitter, are also by Liz. Human hair wigs by Georgette Bravot.


Jack Frost
Here is the tiny guy who keeps nipping at one’s nose! Katarina Carlsson’s porcelain Myling wears a crown of vintage tinsel around his white mohair wig.


Silver and Gold and Everything Else
Barbie doll goes all out in her fabulous Gold Jubilee, circa 1996, designed by Carol Spencer.


Moss and Snow
Agnes and Viktor Dreary play silent games around their feather tree decorated with reindeer moss. The twins created paper hats and following Retros’ suit, decorated them with gold and black glitter.


Dead of Winter
Viktor is set for a moss and snow fight in his hand knit sweater with banana yellow skull motif by Liz Cole for Retros and his paper hat.


Make the Yule-tide Gay
Dolldom darling Gay Carrington closes the year with courageous resolution: be her own producer. Dolldom supports this groundbreaking artist in all of her endeavors.




Abominably Classic
The holiday season could not be complete without one of Dolldom’s favorite characters from the classic stop action animated special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Bumble, the abominable snow monster, has enthralled many a child who has sat scared and mesmerized by this giant ball of white plush.


New Year’s Eve
Candescence Sydney Chase wears an updated version of her friend Tyler Wentworth’s Millennium Ball blue silks gown. Dolldom friend Travis Kaller shortened the hem, decorated it with black lace, and added geometric beads to the bodice.


White Christmas
Tonner Doll Companys beautiful tribute to the holiday classic says Christmas loud and clear. Is there a better way to enjoy a snowy eve than by singing its unforgettable tunes?

 What Child Is This?
American Character’s Betsy McCall plays with her new Myling doll by Katarina Carlsson.


She surrounds the tiny baby with her vintage wooden Italian angel figurines and tiny decorate firs. Betsy's fashion was lovingly made by Little Red Hen.


Barbie’s Winter Fantasy
A vintage American Girl Barbie doll closes this feature in the romantic Magnificence designed by Charlotte Johnson. A dream of a doll that rates high on the wish lists of many a dollector.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Betsy McCall in Doll Reader

This month's issue of Doll Reader magazine features a fun feature on Dolldom favorite Betsy McCall in (almost) all of her incarnations - from the ever popular 8-inch size to the 30-inch toddler, Betsy does what Betsy does best in a colorful photo portfolio. In collaboration with editor Kathryn Peck, we created a calendar for 2012 in the style of the ones featured in McCall's magazine in 1962. Several dolls wear wonderful recreations of the paper doll's fashions by Little Red Hen.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Babes at Play

Bleuette joins Dolldom, finally. Much has been written about this beloved and integral character of the history of 20th century dolls, and still today, in the second decade of the 21st century, Bleuette enjoys not only being collected but also getting a fair amount of play – fashion play, of course.


Dolldom celebrates the quintessential French doll with an exclusive portfolio of photos of reproduction dolls, fashions, and original designs that evoke the sartorial sensibilities of the 1930s and 40s, as we believe that it was during this period that Bleuette looked her most charming. For Bleuette, just like the Barbie doll, is doll and muse to many talented artists who create handcrafted luxury for today’s dollector. From the luxuriant wigs of Georgette Bravot and the elegantly painted faces of Suzanne McBrayer to the fun loving and exclusive designs by Retros, antique, vintage, and current reproductions of Bleuette enjoy life de luxe within the realms of Dolldom.

Hello, World! by ernestopadrocampos
Hello, World!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Titina by Suzanne McBrayer wears a Retros hand knit set made with vintage Italian yarn and a vintage straw hat made in pre-Castro Cuba.

Titina's Dimples by ernestopadrocampos
Titina's Dimples, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Titina is a Suzanne McBrayer reproduction of the SFBJ 251 Bleuette. She has two carved-in teeth, a separately molded tongue, and slate glass eyes. Human hair wig by Bravot.

Au plein soleil by ernestopadrocampos
Au plein soleil, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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This Geogette Bravot beauty, a reproduction of the SFBJ 301 mold, wears a Global Dolls reproduction of an original Gautier-Languereau dress. Purse reproduced by Boutique Bravot.

Bravo, Bravot! by ernestopadrocampos
Bravo, Bravot!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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From the Boutique Geogette Bravot in France comes this beauty made from a reproduction of the SFBJ 301 mold. She wears a human hair wig, also by Bravot and has matching eyelashes.

 Travel Partner by ernestopadrocampos
Travel Partner, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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A 6/0 reproduction Bleuette. The original was manufactured by the German firm Fleischmann and Blödel and was made and sold as Bleuette by Gautier-Languereau from approximately 1905 to 1914. It is marked only with a "6/0" on the neck and has no identifying mold number.

Petit Luc by ernestopadrocampos
Petit Luc, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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A 6/0 reproduction by Suzanne McBrayer in a light blond wig by Bravot.

Afternoon Melody by ernestopadrocampos
Afternoon Melody, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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A very fine reproduction Bleuette, SFBJ 301 model. She is 29 cm tall, to emulate the later model that was made from 1936-1939. This doll was made by Raven Dolls in Seattle, WA with an amazing eye for patina and the feel of age, even her eyes are antique French paperweights. She is on Janice Naibert composition fully jointed body.

Abuela by ernestopadrocampos
Abuela, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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My maternal grandmother, Belén, looks delighted at this unintended tribute to her joyful character. Reproduction Bleuette by Raven Dolls.

My New Sweater by ernestopadrocampos
My New Sweater, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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By godmommy Liz Cole for Retros. Luc human hair wig by Bravot.

Wild Thing by ernestopadrocampos
Wild Thing, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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In Liz Cole's hand knit set, a Bleuette 6/0 reproduction is ready to stir things up in the nursery.

Coquetilla by ernestopadrocampos
Coquetilla, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Le plaisir de jouer. Bleuette vous invite. Retros dress by Liz Cole. Bleuette SFBJ 301 by Boutique Bravot.

Future Movie Star by ernestopadrocampos
Future Movie Star, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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A Bravot SFBJ 301 Bleuette is all glamour in her human hair flip wig, also by Bravot, and her Retros dress.

To learn more about Bleuette visit Martha Waterman Nichol’s excellent tribute to Bleuette.
Multiplication by ernestopadrocampos
Multiplication, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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One, two, buckle my shoe...three, four, Bleuette fest.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Becoming Gay

Favorite Turban by ernestopadrocampos
Favorite Turban, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.

Gay Carrington is a star in the manner of those mythical faces that graced the silver screen when unadulterated splendor reigned supreme.  For glamour is alive and well in the World of Gay Carrington. Her exclusive mood-lifting videos and joy-inducing audio recordings are a necessity for all of Dolldom's denizens who live happier and more beautiful lives thanks to them. To honor the dynamic Miss Carrington, Dolldom and Sydney Chase, president and owner of the famed Chase Modeling Agency, collaborated on this exclusive tribute to Gay Carrington style. Miss Chase, so taken with Miss Carrington’s elegance and strength, took the job for herself – “For no one but me is gonna be Gay!” - as she vivaciously exclaimed. Dolldom friend Vin Trapani, make-up magician to the vinyl set, performed the thorough makeover. The wardrobe, in its majority, is the work of Beauty and Glamour maven Liz Cole, creator and proprietor of Retros of Seattle. The results are breathtaking. Miss Chase, upon seeing the photos exclaimed: “I am just thrilled to be Gay! I truly love her style and panache. It’s been quite the transformative experience.” 
Dolldom wishes to thank Vin Trapani of Vincent Anthony Repaints and Liz Cole for their support in this collaboration. Without them this unofficial, fan made Gay Carrington doll fest would not be as luxuriously grand. 


Gay's Fur by ernestopadrocampos
Gay's Fur, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Wonderful faux fox for Gay Carrington. A glamour gal ought to stay warm this winter. Dress by Retros by Liz Cole. Fur by Tonner Doll Company. Make-up by Vincent Anthony Repaints.
 
Supporting France by ernestopadrocampos
Supporting France, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Miss Carrington supports La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne wearing Tonner Doll Company's "Le petit ensemble noir".


Ciao, Bella! by ernestopadrocampos
Ciao, Bella!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Wolf whistle! Miss Gay Carrington dazzles in a Lurex knit dress by Retros. Monty shows his approval in a shirt also created by Retros.


Family Jewels by ernestopadrocampos
Family Jewels, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Miss Gay Carrington wears a luxurious semi-precious stone necklace by Mark G. Harris for Mode de M. Earrings by Vince Tibavido. Make-up by Vin Trapani.


Urban Safari by ernestopadrocampos
Urban Safari, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Miss Carrington knows how to stop traffic on her way to 21 Club. Fabulous ensemble by Liz Cole for Retros.


A la plage by ernestopadrocampos
A la plage, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Sun in the fun. The always elegant Miss Carrington dons a Brenda Starr swimsuit and Joy Jarred's coral jewelry set.


Pinpointing by ernestopadrocampos
Pinpointing, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Gay has the most unique point of view: live beauty, give glamour, and love your fans. Reason why she is adored my all. Dress and hat by Retros by Liz Cole.


When in Park Avenue by ernestopadrocampos
When in Park Avenue, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Recycled mink for a film fantasy starring Miss Gay Carrington as a girl who admits to her mother: "Mamma, face it: I was the fashion plate of all time."


Model Behavior by ernestopadrocampos
Model Behavior, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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In a hat by Peggy Feltrope, Miss Gay Carrington shines.


Fireworks by ernestopadrocampos
Fireworks, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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For a meeting with movie studio executives, Gay Carrington wears a suit that both Dietrich and Crawford fought for. Hand beaded with reckless abandon by Liz Cole, this showstopper will undoubtedly get Miss Carrington a career defining role.


Italiana by ernestopadrocampos
Italiana, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Ciao tutti, sono Gay! Sexy terry cloth tube dress in peacock blue hugs her every curve. A vintage chiffon scarf flutters playfully in the wind. Fashion by Retros.

Merry Black Widow by ernestopadrocampos
Merry Black Widow, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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And who would not be with a face like this?


Off to Río by ernestopadrocampos
Off to Río, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Gay takes off to visit her friend Carmen Miranda in Ashton Drake's Fit for a Queen suit and a silk shantung turban by Liz Cole. Luggage by Fashion Royalty.


Gay Sings by ernestopadrocampos
Gay Sings, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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And plays the maracas for Pérez Prado too. Eat your heart out, Charo! Fabulous strapless lace and silk dress, recycled mink stole, and hat by Liz Cole for Retros.

For more Gay fun, read the star’s blog and subscribe to her fantabulous YouTube channel. 
We are always yours, Gay...

Gay Glasses by ernestopadrocampos
Gay Glasses, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.