Friday, February 22, 2013

Do You Like My Hair?

Ever since Annie Marks (played by Raven Goodwin) uttered this famous line in the groundbreaking film Lovely & Amazing, dolls everywhere felt a monumental sense of validation, for someone, finally, dared to ask the dreaded question.

For a doll's hair can make or break the deal. Dolldom, always in search of the beautifully odd (for odd is beautiful) profiles a combo made in fashion fantasy: Miss Fashion Queen Barbie (reproduction by Mattel) wearing a perfectly static coif from American Character's Popi doll set, circa 1963. Miss Popi (never to be confused with the current Poppy by Integrity Toys) was meant to be popped apart to facilitate dressing her in cut-just-by-you vinyl fashions.

The wig is a coquettish pageboy in a shiny patent leather black that promises to stay in place regardless of whatever, making this doll the perfect model by the seashore or other windy location shoots. Outfit by Retros.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Master Class

The savvy doll wears the sempiternally chic. Inhabiting a realm light years away from fad, she remains triumphantly elegant. Dolldom, always in the lookout for the very best in luxury, (and luxury need not mean exorbitant sums of money) profiles the sumptuously polished work of Michael Basala, creator and host extraordinaire of the popular The Studio Commissary. For this exclusive featurette, Mr. Basala fashioned luxurious day wear for Gene Marshall and her friends. A precisely tailored long sleeved dress adapts ever so galantly to the shape of the lucky lady wearer while the supple wrap provides warmth and drama in case the afternoon turns into an evening of cocktails.

Ivy Jordan, actress and director friend of Ms. Marshall, kindly agreed to model the très soigné celery green and nori black tweed ensemble. Ms. Jordan loves hats and the ensemble's felt Peter Pan cap was much too smart for her to resist.

Dolldom's stylists chose beautiful handmade jewelry by Joy Jarred to enhance this dapper look by Mr. Basala. A pin by Mattel's Barbie Fashion Model Collection designed by Robert Best adds even more polish.

We thank Michael Basala for sharing his talented vision of classic style with us and look forward to enjoying the beauty of his work in the near future.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

It's A Small World

Atomic. Minute. Small. Miniature. Lilliputian. Regardless of the terminology, there is a magical quality to the minuscule doll. Luckily for Dolldom, Wilde Imagination ventures into the world of small dolls with the same sense of creative wonder that yields bountiful harvests with Ellowyne Wilde and Evangeline Ghastly. With Amelia Thimble and her friends Izzy and Hamish, Wilde Imagination opens up a new way to imagine and to play, for these characters are meant to inhabit the human world and live inside a sewing kit.

In this exclusive feature, Dolldom welcomes Hamish, Amelia's newest friend. His expressive face boasts soulful inset eyes and hand painted features. At only four inches, it's not difficult to be amazed by the highly detailed sculpt and evocative expression of this little ball-jointed resin lad. His twelve points of articulation allow for precise posing  - and most amazingly -  no need for a stand. Master Hamish can stand on his own, a truly laudable characteristic, no matter if taken literally or figuratively.

Wilde Imagination offers several different styles, all designed by Joe Petrollese, (even a tiny Peter Pan for Amelia's Tinkerbell) each one more fanciful that the other and all promising hours of fun. The perfect travel doll, Hamish will pose for photos in the big outdoors, sneak into the most popular museum galleries in your coat's pocket, and enliven an otherwise boring flight.

Hamish comes dressed in an outfit featuring a striped bodysuit, denim overalls with buttons, knit hat with pom-pom, and matching shoes. His favorite wooden toy train is also included. He is a limited edition of 300 dolls.