Fashion Doll Fridays: Italian Doll Convention Charity Auction is NOW OPEN!

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The folks at the Italian Doll Convention have worked long and hard to make their event a mainstay on the doll convention scene…and it’s not hard to see the fabulous results! Now in their fourth year, the IDC event is one to put onto your calendars, but it is very limited and sells out quickly, so plan in advance. This year’s charity auction benefits SOS Villaggi dei Bambini, a benevolent organization dedicated to children’s developmental needs worldwide. CLICK ANY OF THE IMAGES IN THIS POST TO TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THE AUCTION.

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This year’s charity auction lineup, which you can see and place bids by clicking here, offers the highest of fashion among our favorite makers and fashion dolls. There’s eye candy for everyone…and you can follow the excitement as the bids increase. We ask that our community share news of this auction to all your family and friends who love dolls – the maximum exposure brings the highest proceeds to the charity – and hey, it’s just good, plain fun!

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Click here to see all the contributors

Mattel OOAK Scarlet Empress Barbie

Mattel OOAK Scarlet Empress Barbie

Good Luck to all the artist who donated their time and talent to benefit such a worthy cause – we’ll be watching!!!

Creation COTHO

Creation COTHO

The Black Swan Company

The Black Swan Company

Ninimomo

Ninimomo

Patrick Kon

Patrick Kon

Doll Chic

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Emilia Couture - Inamorata Seraph

Emilia Couture – Inamorata Seraph

Free Fantasy Dolls

Free Fantasy Dolls

Cats-N-Dolls

Cats-N-Dolls

Meta-Dolls

Meta-Dolls

Ibraim Ismail

Ibraim Ismail

Mon-Lew

Mon-Lew

Matthew Sutton

Matthew Sutton

Matt Trujillo

Matt Trujillo

Wig by Time of Doll

Wig by Time of Doll

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Wig by Time of Doll

Talk Bite: Chalk White – Make Your Plans Now!

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We reported the save-the-date here…so there’s no excuse to say you haven’t cleared your calendar for THIS event. Superdoll in America – the Chalk White Exhibition at the LA Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising promises to be THE doll world glitterati event of the year – and quite possibly one that will attract the fashion & entertainment industry given its prime location.

Drama Queen Productions presents Downtown Drama with SUPERDOLL_COLLECTABLES LONDON. Chalk White Exhibition Private Viewing, August 1, 2014, including Exclusive Outfit and Accessory Set. Epilogue Luncheon, August 2, 2014, includes exclusive Dressed Doll and Outfit Set. Hotel: Hyatt Regency Downtown Los Angeles – Contact Drama Queen Productions for special room rates – limited space . For Registration Information – Get on Drama Queen Production’s Mail List Today – Email Drama Queen Productions – Click Here

Throwback Thursday: D.A.E. Originals

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We reported here an homage to the 16inch dolls gone by, but wanted to updated one in particular – D.A.E. Originals, maker of Vivian, is still around and strong, making great vintage fashions inspired by the great couture houses. D.A.E. continues making beautifully detailed designs, as you can see in his latest offerings (click here)…though some are already sold out. It’s a Throwback Thursday offering with a current twist! Click on the images below to take you to their website…

Aphrodite - Sold Out

Aphrodite – Sold Out

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Spring Flower

Confetti Suite

Confetti Suite

Cherry Cocktails - Sold Out

Cherry Cocktails – Sold Out

Bridge Date - Sold Out

Bridge Date – Sold Out

Wednesday Wants: Scarlett’s Scarlet

With Tonner Convention opening tomorrow, many doll fans are watching closely to see the event dolls revealed – two of high anticipation are Tyler’s 15th Anniversary nod and Carmen Dell’Orefice. There’s no doubt collectors will be watching the secondary market closely to obtain their favorites – but a word of advice, watch Tonner’s website first – they almost always have remaining dolls after events and sell them directly to the public after the event.

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Given all the Tonner event excitement, Gone With The Wind collectors are also in great eagerness for Tonner’s 75th Anniversary Luncheon event this June in Atlanta. The event description promises: “Scarlett will be dressed in a costume from the film, but not in this original color, which was rejected for use on camera. Prepare to see two additional very limited Exclusives available for purchase, one in a lost costume never used in the film and you may see Ellowyne Wilde make an appearance also!”

 

 

Scarlett dolls in the famous red dress by various makers…

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Tonner's 'Receiving Guests with Melanie"

Tonner’s ‘Receiving Guests with Melanie”

We’re pretty certain (not 100%, though – so keep that in mind), that the ‘rejected’ costume is Walter Plunkett’s design for Scarlett’s Ballgown worn to Ashley’s birthday party. The red version of the gown is one of the most iconic costumes of all Hollywood history.  With that being said, the gown has been interpreted many times by many different makers. The original costume was made of French silk velvet, and was actually a dark color, although in Technicolor cameras it radiated a more vibrant red as light played on the velvet’s nap. However, in Plunkett’s notes, he mentions obtaining permission from Margaret Mitchell to vary the color of some designs, which were described almost entirely as green in the book (Mitchell’s favorite color). Mitchell agreed…and we now have many visual treats from the film in colors other than green.

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Plunkett’s Green Version

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Plunkett’s Red Version

The gown worn to Ashley’s birthday party is rather specific in the book: “He fumbled and drew out her new jade-green watered silk dress. It was cut so low over the bosom and the skirt was draped back over an enormous bustle an on the bustle was a huge bunch of pink velvet roses.” It was with that gown and plenty of rouge that Scarlett faced Melanie that night – a scene we have all come to know from the film. Madame Alexander interpreted the gown in a 21inch portrait doll using the Jacqueline face (often misidentified as a Cissy head sculpt, though it is not).

Alexander's 21inch Scarlett at Ashley's Birthday Party

Alexander’s 21inch Scarlett at Ashley’s Birthday Party

So it would seem this may be the mystery gown of which Tonner may choose – we said we were pretty certain, because we can’t think of any other dress that fits the bill – the only other dress to come close would be a purple version of Scarlett’s final mourning costume that was rendered in purple and sold by Tonner as ‘In the Mist’ – and we think it’s unlikely they would chose the black funerary version as an event doll. But the green version of the red ballgown does have its own specific details making it unique. It doesn’t appear to be studded with stones, and there is clearly and embroidered or applique floral motif along one side. However they decide to interpret the gown, collectors have marked this doll as a big WANT this doll year…so expect to pay high secondary market prices if you cannot attend the event.

Plunkett ‘Lost Costumes’ not made for film:

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Plunkett Designs made for film, but either edited out, or appears briefly:

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Tonner also promises a ‘lost costume‘, being the only maker that was able to successfully license and produce these costumes. There are still a couple out there, including variants of the drapery dress. But, we’re hoping for something more dramatic. Ellowyne will be making an appearance, too…and like Kitty Collier and Betsy McCall before her, we suspect this may be in the beautiful white ruffled organza gown from the film’s opening.

‘Lost Costumes’ made by Tonner:

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Tonner may surprise us all, though…so we eagerly await his June 4 event to see for certain which choices he’ll make. Until then, tomorrow is another day…

If you’d like to see more about the restoration of the film costumes and see a wonderful slide show of Walter Plunkett’s designs, click here to take you to the How We Do Run On website.

Tuesday Trends: Get Separated!

 

You can click on any image in this post to take you to that item for sale on dollbid

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It’s interesting to watch trends on the secondary market, and although separating doll and outfit to sell is not new, it can still yield a great return.

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Purists scoff at the idea, but it is a reality to most folks who regularly thin out their collection, and retailers who are looking to move older inventory rely on this method, as opposed to markdowns. Not all dolls are viewed the same on the secondary market, however. Rarity of head sculpt, body type or hair color can have significant results…you simply have to know a little about the doll to know how to sell it best.

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Do not instantly assume that a doll will do well because anyone can make a body swap or reroot – convenience is key here, and despite the doll not being fully original with its outfit, the pristine condition of the doll ‘as issued’ can be a key factor if someone is looking to piece together a doll with any of its original pieces to make a complete set. In addition, know that doll customizers will often sell the clothing on a doll because they only want the doll to add face paint, new hair styling, or even body modifications in addition to custom clothing. And then you have folks who are wardrobe collectors – their collections are light on dolls…but they accumulate vast clothing collections. Costume dolls are also great separation candidates for customizers, and those looking to mix and match with existing dolls in his/her line up. Finally, outfits can be much easier and less costly to ship than a whole doll, requiring little more than a padded envelope to ship.

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Separating a doll from its outfit (or even it’s accessories, too) is a lucrative method, but the seller should observe a couple of key conditions to achieve best results: (1) the doll sculpt is unique or in high demand; (2) the outfit is of high quality and not readily available; (3) accessories sell well on their own if they are unique and exceptional; and (4) the clothing has a versatile fit when it comes to other dolls.

Observing these simple guidelines will help you with successful sales using separated dolls and outfits.

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Manic Mondays: Maleficent Dolls

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Several collectors are reporting the arrival of dolls from the movie Maleficent, due in theaters May 30th. Jakks Pacific has the most prominent license, but we’re pretty sure we’ll see more on the horizon. Maleficent is a re-telling of the Disney Classic “Sleeping Beauty” starring Angelina Jolie as the ‘Mistress of All Evil‘ – it is unclear if this film will cast a more sympathetic light on the evil fairy, but we’re pretty certain we can’t wait to find out!

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