Friday, August 4, 2017

She's Alive!

Awaiting for the arrival of a new model can take its toll. But Dolldom's editors sure knew that once in the studios, Nightingale Molly Hayward would get to work immediately.

For this end-of-the-week entry, Molly shows of her good bones in an evocation of one of literature's most unforgettable brides. We will stop all commentary at this point and allow you to enjoy the beauty of Nightingale Molly Hayward.

"Creation of life is enthralling. Distinctly enthralling, is it not?"

"To a new world of gods and monsters!"

"She's alive! Alive!"

V.Jhon Doll

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Who Are Those S-Girls?

Their names are Stella, Sable and Sylvain. And they are the newest creation by the master of the hand painted hard plastic doll - Mr. Julian S. Kalinowski. Following the smashing success of his now mythical Séverine doll, Mr. Kalinowski decided to enrich the formula with not one but three new face sculpts that share the same body. The S-Girls are not your run-of-the-mill fashion models and they come ready to challenge our preconceptions of beauty, age, and sexuality.

Mr. Kalinowski explains: “Stella is like a young, happy-go-lucky but unstable Liz Taylor. In her mid 20's. Thick, dark eyebrows, quite naive blue eyes. Always single, Stella can only really connect to gay men. She's an ingénue. A confused character, she is prone to bouts of depression and quite insecure. But she also can be a real laugh, the life and soul of the party. Then there’s Sable. She's Jean Harlow and Carol Baker. In her early 30's. She's glamour, both trashy and elegant. She likes the John Waters look with a good dollop of Mary Vivian Pierce. She's uncomplicated, Elsie from Chelsea. Goodbye Berlin. She's a healthy character who is very happy with her sexuality. She wears Biba, Ozzie Clarke, chiffon, silks, fur, and feathers. Finally, Sylvain! Early 40's. She's Alpha. She’s my idea of a jolie-laide doll. In Sylvain I'm seeing Marlene Dietrich, Anna Kavan, Greta Garbo, and Shari Lewis. Lots of Fassbinder style in her. She's single, perhaps asexual. Maybe she worked in the sex industry as a stripper at some point, but she doesn't like to be touched. Doesn't connect well to people. Needs sleeping pills.”

The new dolls are 1cm shorter than vintage Barbie and feature a brand new formulation of hard plastic with a resin feel that Mr. Kalinoswki compares to bisque. Many of the dolls will feature permanently set wigs such as wavy 1930s looks, side part bubbles, very curly styles, and Louise Brooks bobs with bangs. Like Séverine, the dolls’ hips are bigger than their bosoms. Their molded shoes and well-defined ankles pay tribute to bondage and fetish illustrator Eric Stanton.

Mr. Kalinowski sees this line as totally punk. He explains: “In an age of BJD's and all their sophistication, one could liken these wonderful dolls to the adult oriented rock of the 70's that featured long guitar solos and over-the-top production. The S-Girls, by contrast, are three chords banged out on a cheap electric guitar. Five basic points of movement. Back-to-basics simplicity. The Sex Pistols of the doll world.”

For more information about the S-Girls, contact Mr. Kalinowski.





Sable and Sylvain

Sable and Stella






Fashions by LizRetros, Debbie Farne Sang, Rosina Haskell, Tania Lawrence, Criscrash, Joshard, and Bruno Farfallo pour homme by Lu Bodaczny

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Homage to an Icon

The recent introduction of Mel Odom's newest denizen of the ever-surprising world of Gene Marshall - Luna Li- at the annual JAMIEshow Doll convention was a much anticipated event. Miss Li joins Miss Marshall, Trent Osborn, Madra Lord, Violet Waters, Oona, Zita Charles, Ivy Jordan, and Marsha Hunt to Monolithic Pictures' roster of stars.

Rumor had it that the new character would be an Asian actress and fans of Mr. Odom's glamorous universe of motion picture titans were chomping at the bit awaiting her unveiling. For an Asian actress character would undoubtedly evoke the unforgettable images of the iconic Anna May Wong.

Miss Wong is indeed the archetype that continues to inspire the worlds of fashion and beauty and it is her story as the first Chinese-American actress that allows us to once again comprehend the challenges that an individual- no matter her notoriety and standing - has had to face due to the harmful effects of racism in the United States. Nonetheless, Miss Wong triumphs by leaving a legacy of character, style, and beauty that will enlighten many generations to come.

To celebrate both Miss Wong for her contributions to film and to societal change and to welcome Miss Li to the limelight, Miss Liz Cole of Retros created two magnificent dresses evoking the essence of Ana May Wong style. Modeling these two tours de force of construction and beautiful adornment, Miss Li pays tribute to the paragon that is Anna May Wong.

For the film Dangerous to Know, Miss Wong wore a sleek black column dress with trompe l'oeil hand beaded necklace and bracelets designed by Edith Head.


Liz Retros' version makes Luna glow! Created from vintage black knit and hand beaded like the original, it also features a padded shoulders and mutton chop sleeve design.  Luna wears a "Sherazade" wigcap produced by JAMIEshow Doll.

For the film, Limehouse Blues, Miss Wong wore a gown designed by Travis Banton that more than anything reveals the Western fantasy of Asian beauty. Still, it is as iconic as any other famous gown worn in a motion picture.

Liz Retro's vintage brocaded silk version captures the drama to perfection while leaving all of Dolldom's editors in awe of the degree of detailed handwork involved in the rendition of the vintage lurex dragon silhouetted by hand beading. Miss Li wears a "Lamour" wigcap by JAMIEshow Doll, styled with a fringe.

*Dolldom wishes to thank Liz Retros for sharing her boundless talent and for inventing and maintaining Beauty and Glamour to its highest standards. Dolldom also thanks Mr. Odom and JAMIEshow Doll for lending Miss Li for this photographic portfolio.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lipstick, Spies, and Everything Nice

It's the movie event of the summer of 1962: Monolithic Pictures Red Lotus! Boasting a cast from both sides of the Pacific, Red Lotus is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat with an exciting plot of hidden identities and high-stakes spying within the ever-so-glamorous world of high fashion and cosmetics. For yes, ladies and gentlemen, the secret of a new lipstick formulation can make competing companies go to the extremes!

A dream of a cast makes this movie even more exciting: Gene Marshall plays a U.S. industrial spy, trying to find formulas absconded by a covert conglomerate in Japan.

The indomitable Madra Lord, in a comic role, is the glamorous and sinister cosmetics mogul Madam Gin!

To the delight of audiences worldwide, Red Lotus introduces the beautiful model-cum-actress Luna Li, in the role of a beautiful and dangerous spy! But aren't all spies beautiful in this sensational new motion picture?

In a cameo role, Trent Osborn plays the head of the International Beauty Rescue, and can only be seen in the film on the black and white monitor in Gene's briefcase!

Don't miss Red Lotus
Coming soon to a theater near you!

*Dolldom thanks Mr. Mel Odom and JAMIEshow Dolls for making this entry possible by lending the cast of characters for photography.