Wednesday Wants: A Fantastic Wardrobe

Custom Silk Charmeuse Gown by Katz Meow Designs

Custom Silk Charmeuse Gown by Katz Meow Designs

Everyone loves great clothes…and we know our fashion dolls deserve wearing apparel that exudes quality, style and panache. dollbid is thrilled to be hosting fashion dolls wants that are perfect additions to your favorite doll’s wardrobe. And we’re very excited to see two new creations from Katz Meow Designs just in time for the arrival of your newest JAMIEshow beauties – click on any of the images to learn more about the auction – and enjoy!

Tailored Suit for JAMIEshow dolls by Katz Meow Designs

Tailored Suit for JAMIEshow dolls by Katz Meow Designs

Custom Cocktail Ensemble for 16inch Dolls by Magia 2000

Custom Cocktail Ensemble for 16inch Dolls by Magia 2000

WILL Outfit by Superdoll

WILL Outfit by Superdoll

TESTAMENT Outfit by Superdoll

TESTAMENT Outfit by Superdoll

LOVE Outfit by Superdoll

LOVE Outfit by Superdoll

Faux Leather Trench Coat for 16inch Dolls

Faux Leather Trench Coat for 16inch Dolls

Hello Bolly Outfit by Integrity Toys

Hello Bolly Outfit by Integrity Toys

White Doll Divas Outfit for Fashion Royalty by Gwendolyn's Treasures

White Doll Divas Outfit for Fashion Royalty by Gwendolyn’s Treasures

Black Doll Divas Outfit by Gwendolyn's Treasures

Black Doll Divas Outfit by Gwendolyn’s Treasures

Polished Korinne Outfit by Integrity Toys

Polished Korinne Outfit by Integrity Toys

Ambitious Kesenia Outfit by Integrity Toys

Ambitious Kesenia Outfit by Integrity Toys

Fashion Royalty Accessories by Integrity Toys

Fashion Royalty Accessories by Integrity Toys

Special Sundays: Art Dolls in Paris

Volupte by Superdoll

Volupte by Superdoll

As a special treat for your Sunday, dollbid brings you visions from the Paris Fashion Doll Festival Sunday Salesroom – visions of artists and dolls to take your breath away. Enjoy the beauty!

Volupte Exclusive by Superdoll:

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Magia 2000 Creations:

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Créations COTHO:

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Emilia Couture:

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Fashion Doll Agency:

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Lantis Kelly:

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Artist Creations:

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21 Catia Creations Furniture:

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DollChic:

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MicroDiva:

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Tonner Doll Company/Wilde Imagination:

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Creations by Kanea:

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Wonder Woman resin BJD by Coeur d’artichaut:

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Marilyn (Noya Doll) and other creations by Celynette Créations:

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And…by My friend, Francoise!!!

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Surprise Saturdays: MAGIA 2000 TAKEOVER – Dreaming of Dolls!!!

Dreams of Dolls by Magia 2000 (Mario Paglino & Gianni Grossi)

Dreams of Dolls by Magia 2000 (Mario Paglino & Gianni Grossi)

Mario and Gianni of Magia 2000 really turned it out with their extraordinary one-of-a-kind creations for Barbie mingling with rare and exceptional vintage Barbie in their exhibit Barbie Rétro Chic at the Musée de la Poupée in Paris. The exhibit runs through September 13, 2014, so make a point to see it. If you can’t travel to Paris, you can see their stunning art in the new book, Dreaming of Dolls – which was Sponsored by dollbid! Click here for more information and/or to buy the book.

Gianni Grossi & Maria Paglino of Magia 2000

Gianni Grossi & Maria Paglino of Magia 2000

In the meantime…enjoy the fabulous ladies from the exhibit – we just loved it!!! Thanks, Guys – we’re proud of you!!!

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Weekly Summary – click on each date to take you to that blog post:

Week of 3/15/2014

March 15, 2014 – SuperDoll in Paris 2014!!! Etiquette is Unveiled

March 16, 2014 – More From Paris PFDF 2014

March 17, 2014 – No post while traveling

March 18, 2014 – No post while traveling

March 19, 2014 – 2014 Paris Fashion Doll Festival Exclusives

March 20, 2014 – For The Love Of A Doll by Gene Foote

March 21, 2014 – Superdoll Retrospective in Paris

Week of 3/8/2014

March 8, 2014 – Lammily!!!
March 9, 2014 – Happy 55th Birthday, Barbie!!!
March 10, 2014 – Traveling to Paris!!!
March 11, 2014 – Stop Motion Animation in Dolls
March 12, 2014 – DollObservers.com Fashion Doll Award Winners! #DOFDAs
March 13, 2014 – No post while traveling
March 14, 2014 – No post while traveling

Week of 3/1/2014

March 1, 2014 – Share Your Red Carpet Best!
March 2, 2014 – Pullip 2014 Preview
March 3, 2014 – In Memoriam: J. Michael Augustyniak
March 4, 2014 – Repaints
March 5, 2014 – Montaigne Market Elise Jolie
March 6, 2014 – Fundraiser to Benefit Kathrine Switzer’s 261 Fearless
March 7, 2014 – DollObserver’s Fashion Doll Awards LAST DAY

Tuesday Trends: Repaints

Collectors have been repainting dolls for quite some time, and trends come and go with the passing of each new doll collection offered by the manufacturers. Repaints tend to sell better right out of the stalls by the original artist, and rarely do we see secondary market sales as strong for any artist’s work. There are exceptions, of course…but typically, those buying repaints are doing so because the beauty of the painting consumes the eye to such a point, one is compelled to add the doll to his or her collection. So much so, that you will easily see artists such as Kim Goodwin, Magia 2000, Laurie Leigh or Noel Cruz repaints soaring into very high figures.

Magia 2000

Magia 2000

Celebrity memorabilia collectors may play a part in driving this more so than the doll collector…for example, Kim Goodwin’s Marilyn Monroe repaints have a vast audience amongst the Marilyn Monroe fans – people who are not specifically doll collectors per se. Laurie Leigh’s work has shifted into mostly commissioned work, which keeps her pretty busy these days – getting on her commission list is a privilege, as so many of her clients will tell you.

Beautiful Faces by Laurie Leigh

Beautiful Faces by Laurie Leigh

The true beauty of custom work is that it extends into so many different types of skills…not just repainting, but re-sculpting, custom coiffures – even body blushing and skin tone alteration. There’s no limit to the imagination of our talented pool of artists. If you are considering buying a repaint, be mindful of a few pointers:

What kind of paints do they use – and do they use sealers? Paint quality will affect the lasting power when caring for your doll over time – some sealers will yellow with age and sunlight – ask the artist, they can tell you how to care for your new purchase.

Kim Goodwin

Kim Goodwin

Celebrity Work – was the celebrity created from a generic head sculpt, such as Barbie or Gene – or was the head already sculpted by another artist in the likeness of that celebrity? This is important, because you can often see the artist’s depth of range when taking generic dolls and re-creating likenesses through paint or re-sculpting work.

Don’t fear the brush stroke. Often, brush strokes are visible in photography because of the scale of the subject matter and the highly sensitive digital technologies we use in today’s cameras. Best to let your eye be the judge and see the work in person. Brush strokes often add to the depth to a character, and you may find the difference between photo and reality are vastly different. Many artists are more than willing to let you see and approve work.

dollbid is proud to host current auctions for beautiful repaint work – click on the image to take you directly to the auction.

By Laurie Everton

By Laurie Everton

Jackie Repaint by CherylJax

Jackie Repaint by CherylJax

Tonner Carrie Repaint

Tonner Carrie Repaint

 

How to Repaint DVD Set by Laurie Leigh

How to Repaint DVD Set by Laurie Leigh

Welcome to Fashion Doll Fridays!

Fashion Doll Fridays – Celebrating the Fashion Doll in all its splendor and glory!

TGIF Fashion Doll Fans…welcome to the first post honoring your favorite Fashion Dolls! This week, we’ve been watching Toy Fair 2014, and some of the things we’re seeing are just fabulous! Here are some new things we’re keeping an eye on:

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THE WIZARD OF OZ is celebrating throughout the toy and doll world with its 75th Anniversary – Tonner is continuing giving the Oz Witches a designer touch – see them here. Madame Alexander is taking Oz to the Steampunk Level – see them here. Barbie hitched an ultra glam tornado with Fantasy Glamour in its 2014 offerings – see them here.

Tonner Doll Company

Tonner Doll Company

Madame Alexander

Madame Alexander

Mattel

Mattel

Speaking of Madame Alexander – you’ll want to get a good look at the new fashion dolls by Isaac Mizrahi – learn more here.

Isaac Mizrahi at Madame Alexander

Isaac Mizrahi at Madame Alexander

Finally, if Paris is your destination, and it will be in just a few weeks for the Paris Fashion Doll Festival, you’ll want to check out the Musée de la Poupée and it’s new Barbie Retrospective Exhibit! The wonderful Magia 2000 Team have assembled quite the collection for the museum – make plans to see it before it closes this September!

Barbie Dressed by Magia 2000

Barbie Dressed by Magia 2000