Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ghosts and Ghouls and Everyone Else

Halloween! It's finally time to enjoy once again Dolldom's favorite holiday. For what is not to like in a vintage Halloween celebration? On a brisk and starry October eve, young and old enjoy going bump in the dark wearing their very best disguises and going door-to-door asking for sugar and corn syrup. But health concerns aside, Halloween is the quintessential American celebration and even in today's guts and blood reality, Halloween still gives us all an opportunity to nurture the idea the witches can fly on brooms and ghosts can haunt our dwellings.

Viktor Dreary spooks them all in his The Fly costume by Liz Cole

Gay Carrington was the original choice for Morticia. But a movie deal in Italy robbed the world of this treat.

Gay Carrington is no penitent soul. She just poses that way to amuse her little friends. Dress by Liz Cole.

Agnes Dreary is ready for her sugar-induced comma. She has a new and very beautiful bag inspired by Enid Collins and made by Liz Cole for Retros. Her hat is by Peggy Feltrope.

Gay Treats! Miss Carrington plays with available children. Her dress is by Retros. Her unforgettable necklace is by Joy Jarred.

Agnes Dreary floats around in her ghost costume by Our Sweet Creations.

Betsy McCall by Robert Tonner wears her Wednesday dress by Liz Cole for Retros. What a darling little girl. But is she?

A Premier Bleuette reproduction by Suzanne McBryer wears a fantastic déguisement by Liz Cole for Retros. Her wig is by Bravot.

Blythe wears an elaborate clown costume by Sara Lanzillotta for Devout Dolls.

Even Ellowyne Wilde partakes of the spooky fun in Woefully Bewitching.

Daisy by Korean artist Jung Hee Park wears Betsy McCall's Wicked With of the West ensemble by Tonner Doll Company.

Tiny Betsy has fun with her neighbors in her Grins and Giggles costume by Effanbee Doll Company.

A Hong Kong mini Ken doll plays Invisible Man in his Retros get-up. But the attention he is getting from his seven and a half inch friends tells us something about the power of red satin to make you be noticed.

Double trouble. Ivy Jordan is scared out her wits by Agnes Dreary and her devil toy. Ivy's fashion by Liz Cole. Her necklace by Joy Jarred.

Two Blythe dolls enjoy being sisters in Sara Lanzillotta's I Will Never Leave You fashion.

In perfect Edgar Allan Poe's Count of Monte Cristo fashion, Viktor Dreary closes the night in his Forlorn Photo Day fashion.

Have a frightfully fantastic Halloween!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wrapping Things Up

Dolldom celebrates the turban once again and just in time for fall. As days turns colder and the autumnal winds threaten to turn the carefree hairstyles of summer into untidy bird nests, the trustworthy turban comes to save the day.

Not new to the world of beauty and fashion, the turban has enjoyed a strong fan base amongst the world's most legendary faces. And really, how could they not partake of such a wonder? Eliminate all hirsute artifice and place a spotlight on the face. As Norma Desmond so aptly uttered in her elegant delusion: "And now Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up!


Reproduction Fashion Queen sports shantung turban by Liz Cole for Retros.

    Gay Carrington also enjoys the practical luxury of a 
    silk turban by Liz Cole.

    The turban, chez Dior.

   Greta Garbo and a simple white head wrap. Like air and water.
   The world needs nothing else.

    Norma Desmon, played beautifully by Gloria Swanson,
    means business in her leopard print turban and matching suit.

 The magnificent Carmen Miranda made it a way of life.
    And Dolldom darling Joan Crawford by Tonner Doll Company
    follows suit.

    In life outside the realm of Dolldom, JC wore plenty of
    pretty bejeweled turbans.

    So did the magnificent Marlene Dietrich,

    the intelligent Heidi Lamar,

    the intensely sexy Lana Turner (wow!), 

    La Liz! (triple wow!),

     cool blonde Sunny Hartnett, and of course...


    Gene Marshall! Mel Odom's beauty has fun wearing
    Liz Cole's unique gown and turban creations,

    as well as a simple black silk wrap with the perfectly tailored
    "Fit for A Queen" suit by Ashton Drake.