Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Jackpot Question

It's that night of the year. Dolldom invites you to create and recreate with these images of idealized elegance and poise, only possible in the realm of dolls, accompanied by fragments from the 1947 Frank Loesser classic.

Here comes
The jackpot question in advance:
What are you doing New Year's Eve?

Mel Odom's "Hollywood Canteen" Gene Marhsall and Zita Charles, as manufactured by JAMIEshow are ready for a sensational eve in classics by Ashton-Drake and Integrity Toys. Wigs by JAMIEshow. Gene's hair by Kathy Johnson.

Barbie borrows from her idol Doris Day in this Juliet Whorton black and beaded bling classic.

Mel Odom's "Hollywood Canteen" Violet Waters chooses green for hope in an Ashton-Drake produced gown. Wig by JAMIEshow.

Wonder whose arms
Will hold you good and tight
When it's exactly
Twelve o'clock that night

JAMIEshow's Eshe and Alejandro express their sense of style in a Théâtre de la Mode classic by Tonner Doll and in red beads by Joy Jarred. Ale's jumpsuit by Chewin. Hair by JAMIEShow.

Maybe I'm crazy to suppose
I'd ever be the one you chose

JAMIEshow's Lauren is icy elegance in a Regina Wentworth classic cocktail dress. Hair by Chewin.

Aah, but in case I stand one little chance...

JAMIEshow's Sofia and Lee are the final pair - classic in black and a touch of red wine. Sofia models Jamieshow's blouse and RDGdoll's skirt, while Lee is a consummate gent in his Chewin black suit and wig. Sofia's wig by Time of Doll by Ilaria Mazzoni. Italian style bar by Darren Cole for Retros.

Best wishes for a healthy and peaceful 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Secret Storyboard

The following series of images suggests many a possible scenario. Dolldom invites you, dear reader, to make up your own and most importantly - to keep it to yourself, inside your heart of hearts.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Rosina's Fashions' Runway Fantasy

Creator of the label Rosina's Fashions, Rosina Haskell is very much smitten with the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. With style heroines, such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana, most of Rosina Haskell's collections are based on these icons fashion styles. Although her creations focus mainly on 12"-inch dolls, Mel Odom's Gene Marshall - in all her iterations - is one of the British designer's favorite stars. Ms. Haskell explains: "With Gene, I go back to the 1940s and 50s and can indulge in the creation of voluminous skirts, fabulous ball gowns, smart suit ensembles and loads of matching accessories."

As for her creative process, Ms. Haskell allows the textile to do most of the guiding. She adds: "I mainly use lightweight fabrics such as cottons and silks were possible, but if I see a suitable pattern that just begs to be sewn into a 50's bell dress or slim sheath dress, well I just go to town on it."

Ms. Haskell loves to experiment and explore new ideas and enjoys collaborating with her customers as it is in these exchanges that she finds the most fun in what she calls "this passion of mine". Rosina's Fashions website is a treasure trove of ideas and her open invitation to talk and create something special and unique makes Ms. Haskell one of Dolldom's most respected artists.

For more information and eye candy, visit Rosina's Fashion's.

Mel Odom's Violet Waters, produced by JAMIEshow sings of love in Rosina's Fashions' silk brocade qipao.

"Golden Gossamer" is Ms. Haskell's tribute to 1960s' evening glamour.

An early Ashton-Drake-produced Gene Marshall is perfection encased in its golden lace cape.

But so is a JAMIEshow-produced "Hollywood Canteen" Gene Marshall!

"On Holiday" is a classic full skirt with knit top ensemble, perfect for early fall outings with the addition on a green neckerchief and felt beret. Ashton-Drake-produced "Lucky Stripe" Gene Marshall is sensational in it.

JAMIEshow-produced "Phoenix" adds a touch of coquettish flair with her hand-on-hip pose.

"Press Release" is JAMIEshow-produced "Phoenix"Gene Marshall's favorite day look. White polka dots on navy cotton provide a classic palette. Straw hat by Richard's Originals on e-Bay.

A "Shanghai Siren" Gene Marshall by Ashton-Drake, on an Integrity Toys' Gene Marshall body, gives the look a try and runs with it too!

Smart suits are hard-to-find due to the work that their construction requires. Rosina's Fashion's wool version is a winner on "Winged Inspiration" Gene Marshall, produced by Ashton-Drake, with it's matching velvet collar and pocket details. Feather fascinator by Richard's Originals on e-Bay.

But wait! So sensational is the suit that JAMIEshow-produced "Hollywood Canteen" Madra Lord demanded to model it for a Life magazine article.

"Asian Dreams" is a beautiful qipao in graphic cotton sateen worn by an Ashton-Drake-produced "Simply Gene Platinum" Gene Marshall, restyled by Pink Bubbles Doll Spa.

To close Rosina's Fashions runway fantasy, JAMIEshow-produced "Cool Breeze in Vegas" Oona dons the sensational qipao.

For more information and eye candy, visit Rosina's Fashion's. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fierce and Foxy

Julian S. Kalinowski's new line of dolls, the S-Girls, have loads of fun modeling very cool couture. For this mid-October Dolldom entry, black versions of Sylvain and Stella pay homage to Jack Hill's Foxy Brown in luxurious pantsuits created by the talented Clare Duncan of Clare's Couture. Located in Brisbane, Australia, Ms. Duncan's  designs are genuine one-of-a-kind as she conceives, creates and stitches each outfits herself.  Ms. Duncan has always enjoyed the company of Barbie dolls and her fascination with their world of miniaturized fashion has never diminished. Ms. Duncan now join forces with Mr. Kalinowski to create exciting styles for the one-of-a-kind S-Girls. For more information, visit Clare's Couture Facebook page.

A Real Shakedown! Clare's Couture and the S-Girls. Foxyland! Necklaces by Joy Jarred.

Olive green and golden brocade pantsuit is luxe and leggy.

Pistachio was never yummier with golden thread embroidery at waist.

First-ever black Stella is Foxy incarnate.

Sylvain gives good face - profile style.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

S Is for Snowdance and S-Girls

Sylvia Campbell is a superstar. Her talent is treasured by countless collectors whose fortunate dolls wear Miss Campbell's Snowdance Fashions - be it as reproductions of the Barbie doll's hardest-to-find ensembles or original and most inspired designs. But it is not only the Barbie doll who enjoys the luxury and beauty of Snowdance Fashions, for Miss Campbell has collaborated with hand painted doll superstar Julian S. Kalinowski over the years in many a project. Hard to imagine a special Lilli Lalka who has not been regaled with a Snowdance fashion. And Séverine - the now mythical creature whose Facebook Je suis Séverine group continues to bring together people from all over the world - fabulously modeled OOAK creations by Miss Campbell is a past Dolldom entry. So it was only natural that Mr. Kalinowski's new S-Girls followed suit.

Miss Campbell has created a sublime red, black and white collection that is nothing but exuberant, elegant, and yes, sexy. Using lace in all the right places and giving sparkly Lurex the chance to get out of the Solo-in-the-Spotlight cliché, this latest Snowdance Fashions collection for the sensational S-Girls takes the dialogue on dolls to yet another level of depth.

For more information on both artists' work, visit or call on them!
S-Girls by Julian S. Kalinowski
Snowdance Fashions by Sylvia Campbell

Crown Jewel. Sylvain reigns supreme in vintage lace and Lurex.

Yes and No. Sable loves the polar opposites of this 60s-inspired lace suit.

Vintage and Ageless. Come on! Can't it get any more gorgeous? A special Lurex and vintage lace gown is modeled by the first ever black Stella.

Coquette. Stella plays along with our photographer's posing suggestions in this ready-for-cocktails bubble dress.

Grecian Greatness. One bare shoulder dress of apple-red lace gives Stella a chance to be a Hellenic goddess.

Archangel. Angel of love Sylvain takes us to Cloud Nine in a white lace version of the one-bare-arm dress. 

Gowns Go Grand! A Barbie Japanese market exclusive gown is re-imagined by Miss Campbell as a glorious confection of sparkling beads and creamy silk satin for Mr. Kalinowski's S-Girls Sylvain and Sable.

Beads and Beauty. Courtesy of Sylvia Campbell's Snowdance and Julian S. Kaslinowski's S-Girl Sylvain.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Homenaje a Frida Kahlo

The magic of genius. What would the world be without the intellectual energies that produce art? Frida Kahlo is one of the 20th century's magnificent powers and Dolldom pays tribute to her work and legacy.

Julian S. Kalinowski and Liz Cole join forces and geniuses to give birth to this most sensational creation: a Sylvain doll - painted, coiffed, and dressed to honor the Mexican painter in some of her most iconic self-portraits.

“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.” - Frida Kahlo

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” - Frida Kahlo

“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.” - Frida Kahlo

“Traté de ahogar mis penas... pero las condenadas aprendieron a nadar.” - Frida Kahlo

“No moon, sun, diamond, hands —
fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea,
pine green, pink glass, eye,
mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.”  - Frida Kahlo

For more information on Sylvain, contact Mr. Julian Kalinowski
For Beauty and Glamour for you and your dolls, visit Retros

Monday, September 4, 2017

Kitchen Cabaret: Find Out What’s Cooking with Julian Kalinowski’s S-Girls

Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! 

It’s show time, ladies and gentlemen. And British doll maker Julian S. Kalinowski has quite the surprise for us waiting from behind the red velvet curtains. For his new line of hard plastic hand painted dolls, named the S-Girls, features three different face sculpts creating three distinct characters whose names all begin with S: Sable, Stella, and Sylvain. With them, Mr. Kalinowski, whose Séverine doll is now sold out and becoming much sought after in the secondary market, continues to prove that there is a whole sea of possibilities, completely unexplored, to express via dolls. 

But who are these women? Well, just like a master chef who knows who to marry the right herbs and spices to create a perfect sauce, Mr. Kalinowski has concocted a complimentary trio of sweet and savory personalities. But these characters transform via hand painting and are never one and the same. The Julian Kalinowski doll is always a OOAK creature as the artist works on each separately and never following a set face-up design. Each doll contains the essence of the moment in which the artist conceptualized and realized her. 

Mr. Kalinowski's dolls speak about being imperfect creatures with vices, virtues, disillusions and dreams, and as such, they show it in their unique hard vinyl selves. Join Sable, Sylvain, and Stella as they enact favorite fantasy scenarios- some sweet, some spicy, but none ever bland - all played out in their vintage eat-in kitchen. It’s the perfect recipe for fun. 

So What?
Chrome yellow blonde Sable wears a marabou peignoir by Debbie Farne Sang to fetch herself a Pop-Tart and a glass of bubbly.

Maybe This Time
Stella ponders if her special guest will come finally in a see-through blouse and black velveteen skirt by Liz Cole for Retros. Swarovski crystal belt by Joy Jarred.

Don’t Tell Mama
A platinum Sylvain leaves a tempting caramel cake on the table before going out in a sheath by Liz Cole for Retros. Gold gloves and scarf by Rosina Haskell.  

Mein Herr
Sable serves her homme du jour in playful chiffon and organza apron and bloomers by Clare Duncan. 

Tomorrow Belongs to Me
Raven haired Stella plans an impromptu getaway in a Tania Lawrence suit with faux fur collar and matching hood.

It Couldn’t Please Me More
Stella, in her signature side part bubble cut, checks her coconut flan for doneness in a flirty mini dress by Clare Duncan.  

Two Ladies
Before riding her steed, equestrienne Sylvain has a word with her well-suited twin sister. Jodhpurs by Tania Lawrence. Suit by Rosina Haskell.

Perfectly Marvelous
Sable contemplates her tea-time options in a colorful jersey sheath by Liz Cole for Retros.