Monday, July 14, 2014

Mood Violet

A golden voice in an imperfect world born.  Violet Waters, the famous jazz star, was celebrated as such in her country, yet much more revered in Europe. Her story is not unlike the lives of many of other talented artists such as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Lena Horne who faced great challenges and triumphed by the sheer force of their artistic gifts and resolve.
Violet Waters joins Gene Marshall and Madra Lord once again as the reigning beauties of Monolithic Studios thanks to the collaboration of artist Mel Odom and JAMIEshow Dolls. In her "Satin Doll" iteration, Violet is perhaps at her most gloriously exquisite.

For this Dolldom exclusive feature Miss Waters, in all their "Smooth-J" resin gorgeousness and non-toxicity, poses wearing some irrefutably memorable fashions and hair designs. The past and the present meld to offer dollectors a gift of beauty, unadulterated and enjoyable playtime, and of course, music.

Special Appearance. Violet Waters wears her very first gown and her trademark orchid.

The gown, designed by José D'Saenz, is delicately beaded in iridescent sequins and pearls.

At Radio City Music Hall, Violet enchants in "Evening Sunrise" designed by Tim Kennedy. Violet's wig is by Ilaria Mazzoni for Time of Doll.

Spring Offering. Violet wears "Jonquille" and desgin by Integrity Toys first issued for Madra Lord. Dolldom believes that on Miss Waters, the look evokes a more exquisite flower. "Phoenix" wig cap by JAMIEshow Dolls.

Chanson d'automne.

Violet wears the classic "Autumn Lace", one of many gowns produced by Ashton-Drake for the famed singer.

Mystère. Violet appeared in the Jean Cocteau film Les passe-temps terribles along with Trent Osborn. Her wardrobe was designed by DAE Originals. In this still from the film, Miss Waters models "Simply Smart" in rich chocolate brown.

What A Swell Party! Monolithic Studios' stars unite to wish studio chief Reuben Lilienthal a happy birthday. Miss Waters intones the customary song in "Twilight Rumba" designed by Doug James.

Transatlantic Voyage. In "Mood Indigo" designed by José Ferrand, Miss Waters boards the Queen Mary with her band. First stop: Paris, City of Lights!

Once in Paris, a wonderful new look: :"Undulation Marcel!" Rooted wig cap by JAMIEshow Dolls.

At sunset. A serenade.

In "Sunset Serenade" created by Integrity Toys, Violet sings of golden love.

Bloom Boom! Violet Waters was asked to model "Garden Party", a Deborah Silva design inspired by Jacques Fath, at a fundraising luncheon benefiting Central State College's scholarship fund, where her father was a literature professor.

Freshwater pearls by VJT Designs.

Danseuse. Miss Waters poses for a publicity still wearing "Dance with me" designed by Lynne Day and produced by Ashton-Drake. Her wig is by Ilaria Mazzoni for Time of Doll.

Living Sculpture. Miss Water's elegance and poise make Integrity's "Main Feature" gown a real main feature. Wig by Ilaria Mazzoni for Time of Doll.

Les cocktails. Violet dons designer Timothy Alberts' sensational "Crème de Cassis" at a press conference to announce her singing engagement at Café Carlysle.

Wig by Ilaria Mazzoni for Time of Doll.

At home. For an intimate soirée with friends, Violet celebrates in Retros' golden wonder, designed by Liz Cole. Retros also designed the cocktail hat. Miss Waters' golden peacock necklace by Joy Jarred. Wig by Ilaria Mazzoni for Time of Doll.

Heading Home. Violet visits her home town in a design by Studio Commissary host  Michael Basala. Wig by Ilaria Mazzoni for Time of Doll.


  1. Ernesto! Your photography is so stunning! Please teach me your ways!!

    1. Thank you, Jaël, for your comment! Anytime, come on over! It's all light and shadow!

  2. Beautiful, Ernesto! It's always a joy to see your marvelous photography.

    1. Thank you, Tom, for your kind words. Glad that you enjoy the photos!

  3. Your photos are stunning, Ernesto. As someone who's just learning how to take photos of these dolls, I know how much painstaking work goes into each one. Thanks so much for your gorgeous work! - Tom in CA

    1. Thank you! So is your fantastic work with the gals! Yes, these are labors of love, as you know! Blood, sweat, and tears!

  4. When I saw the Violet and Madra dolls for sale, I thought they were lovely but were much more expensive than the normal JAMIEShow dolls and passed on them. Seeing your wonderful photographs, I wonder if that was the right decision. :-)

    1. Thank you, Troy. They are more expensive but in the long run they save money. Ha! Seriously, one doll a gazillion looks depending on dress and hair. Another added bonus- space. The dollector does not need to have 3,000 dolls - just the one and then shower "her" with all the fashions and jewels and wigs you may already have.