Sunday, April 25, 2010

Les blonds, les brunettes, noires et blanches ET bling - WOWZA!!

Blondes, brunettes, black & white, AND bling - WOWZA!!

Brenda Cox Giguere has two primary interests: design and writing. These activities have come together, and now her doll fashion projects often center around the life, times, and wardrobe of a fictional muse, the heiress Reverie Larke. This multimedia world includes everything from Brenda's suspense novel, Regarding Reverie, to that same glamorous character's fashions, accessories, and furnishings.

 Brenda's work has been seen in Barbie Bazaar, Fashion Doll Quarterly, and Doll Reader. She occasionally sells ultra limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces, and regularly contributes her dolls and accessories to a variety of charitable venues.  Outside of her longtime work in media production, Brenda's other interests are numerous, and include creating original paper dolls; collecting midcentury costume jewelry; moderating several hobby groups online, and designing art jewelry.

Recently she was invited by the Oakland Museum of California to design and create a diorama for their new permanent installation, “Forces of Change: 1960-1975,” one of only twenty-four people given this honor.  Her diorama features many pieces of personal ephemera of the period, as well as her original artwork, arranged to create an evocative narrative.

Brenda’s Natalia is a striking platinum blonde via a permanently-fixed high quality Japanese wig. Her makeup has been given an entirely different look, including vastly altered eye shadow, new brows, aqua eyes, new liner, and retouched lip color. Her long golden earrings are from Integrity.  This unique doll comes with an entire Mix and Match Resort Wardrobe for a glamorous weekend at Monte Carlo. These pieces can be infinitely combined and recombined for the ultimate in high fashion creative fun.  Included: a long slim silk skirt in dramatic color bands in hot colors; a silk mini in multicolored stripes; a deep navy glittery knit halter; white glazed cotton Capri slacks; a strapless top in fine gauge gold silk; metallic gold shawl; red silk midriff top with back bow interest, and an easy gold knit jacket that can be dressed up or down.

 This original wardrobe combines East Indian exoticism with an easy Mediterranean flair. Included are several of Brenda’s signature handbags: the amazingly detailed striped overnighter and handbag set with leather and 14K gold trim (as seen in Doll Reader); an oversized red beach tote (stuffed with tiny bathing shorts!); a gold mesh tote; and a furry faux leopard clutch.  A chain belt is included, and can be worn at the waist, hips, or as a necklace. Dark glasses complete the wardrobe.

 For more information, including more photographs of these striking outfits, please see the designer’s website.  And get to know the artist at her Arts and Letters blog.


Natalia Fatale, "Midnight Moon," is made over as a vision in black. She has had a repaint, and a lovely removable wig has been added. The evening dress is made of silk with tulle of black, grey and white on the bottom, and features snap closures at the back The tulle and armlets have swarovski rhinestones, and the jewelry is made of swarovski crystals. The hat, along with the dress, have free style crystals that match the cut on the bottom of the tulle. Her shoes are ooak white platforms with black and crystal rhinestones. She is ready for her midnight date.
Pamela Sydow created this "Midnight Moon" Natalia OOAK for the 2010 IFDC. She started working on dolls eight years ago, and has had a great time working on them and learning new things. As a hobby, it is fun. Pam enjoys everything - styling the hair, repainting their faces, designing the outfits, and just creating a new "look" for each doll. She really never knows what one of her creations will become when she starts out. They just come together as each stage is completed. She hopes you like "Midnight Moon". You can email Pam of Doll Jazz directly if you are interested in her dolls


Karen's Natalia Fatale, "Defiance," is turning heads in a smoky blue metallic fabric gown. Original face paint is untouched.  Her hair was trimmed into a  ragged, wispy cut - the perfect “defiant” look. She is wearing a paneled, ruched, halter  style gown with a single snap closure at the back of the neck It features dangling glass beads, and the gown panels open up with revealing slits to show her lovely legs. Open toe, decorated heels, and a headband complete the outfit.

Karen has been sewing and designing doll fashions for the past nine years under the name of Kolkman Kreations.   She started sewing Barbie clothes from patterns for her step daughter who is now past playing with Barbies while Karen is definitely not! She learned how to cut her own patterns and designs, and continues her love of sewing part time while being a stay at home mom. She moved quickly from Barbie to Fashion Royalty.  In the last two years she has added 16" dolls to her collection and designs. She also enjoys photography, and in her endeavor to create the perfect background, has a huge collection of diorama items. And her designs also include some doll furniture along with sewing bed linens. Her sales room and pictures of past designs can be found on her website.


Bonnie is from Boulder, CO, and is new to fashion dolls, but definitely not new to dolls. She has done porcelain dolls for over 20 years. But one day she just got tired of making babies and children. She loves her dolls to be dressed up, and found it fun to design for such a pretty doll as Natalia Fatale.

Bonnie was in a contest called Project Dollway II where she had fun, and plans on continuing with the fashionable lady dolls. She doesn't have a website, but should you care to talk dolls with Bonnie, send her an email.

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