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.




Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beautiful Bleuette

Belén by ernestopadrocampos
Belén, 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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Real Russian Couture: Bakhtiër Designs for Barbie

Covering Barbie by ernestopadrocampos
Covering Barbie, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
Dolldom watches out for the fabulously different and genuinely unique. A year and a half ago, we had the honor of collaborating with Russian fashion designer Bakhtiër on a feature to celebrate Barbie's 50th Anniversary for Murat-Caviale's Haute Doll magazine. After an exciting interview and photo shoot featuring an exclusive collection of his designs for the Silkstone Barbie Fashion Model doll, Dolldom learned that Murat-Caviale would no longer publish their much acclaimed magazine. But as luck would have it, this month's Doll Reader/Haute Doll, under the inspired direction of Kathryn Peck, finally has published the exclusive portfolio and conversation with the young designer. Interestingly, this feature expresses the vision of real Russian fashion designer for humans - quite different from the line that Mattel presented earlier in 2011 that ran the gamut from playful matryoshka styling to haughty tsarina in emboridered velvet.

Peek-a-boo! by ernestopadrocampos
Peek-a-boo!, a photo by ernestopadrocampos on Flickr.
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Dolldom Meets Barkhtiër! A #1 Lingerie Silkstone Fashion Model Barbie doll wears one of Bakhtiër's avant garde fashions. Sculptural and organic, his designs keep the wearer stylishly protected.
Bakhtiër's vision could not be any more dissimilar. Angular, enveloping, and engineered to protect the wearer, the Bakhtiër garment excels at being both minimal and utterly luxurious. Dolldom thinks that the Silkstone Fashion Model Barbie doll has never looked more elegantly evolved than in this collection, even if she was originally meant to wear re-interpretations of vintage styles.

Dolldom congratulates Bakhtiër on his ongoing success as a designer of women and men's wear.
 
The Russian designer photographed by Roman Rozanov

Ultimate Cocoon
Barbie enjoys the comfort and undeniable chic of this soft wool jumpsuit with asymmetrical convertible collar.  Depending on the angle, Barbie is seductively modern in black or an urban warrior ready to face the elements in style. Lariat necklace by Joy Jarred. Fashion modeled by Spa Getaway Barbie.

Deconstruction Origami Coat
This coat exemplifies Bakhtiër’s design philosophy.
 
 
Tangents
A gray wool jumpsuit with attached mittens and its matching origami coat provide warmth and cutting edge style. The coat’s collar is convertible and may be adjusted to shield the face from the cold. Swarovski brooch by Joy Jarred. Fashion modeled by Happy Go Lightly Barbie.