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The Art of the Vignette

Thank you so much for the response to my last post “The Fashion Doll Vignette”.  I have been toying around with doing a regular segment on the blog for a while that is devoted specifically to the small sets or dioramas that I use in my photos or displays.  In particular, I want to share some diorama items and furniture that I have obtained over my years of collecting.   I look forward to sharing these “vignette” or “diorama” posts on a more regular basis in the future.

The word Vignette has multiple meanings.  In photography, to vignette is a verb meaning to darken or lighten the corners and edges of a photo in a way to highlight a part of the photo.  I use this technique on many of my photos.  It helps to bring the focal point to a part in the picture that you want everyone’s eye to travel to…typically the center.  Vignette used as a noun can also mean a small pleasing grouping or portrait.  When I photograph things, many times I like to use a small diorama with it.  Sometimes it is elaborate and sometimes it is just a small piece or two.  For this set of photos, I used a number of pieces. 

First and foremost, I used another Carolyn Grentz exquisitely painted OOAK bombe chest in 1/6 scale.   Still in talks with her to see if she has room in her commission books for more.

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The two side chairs were found on Ebay.  I was able to get them marked down and even at that price, in retrospect, they were kind of pricey.  If they came down to say, $65, they would be a better purchase I think.  The floral arrangement was made by me and I used various artificial flowers that fit with the scale.  Many of the flowers are scrapbooking elements of some kind or picks you can find in the boutonniere making section of your local craft store.  The purse is slightly big for 1/6 scale but it works as say an over night bag or oversized bag for the playscale girls.  It is a Kate Spade keychain/coin purse

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Model:  Victoire Roux workshop doll from The Premiere Convention

Dress and coat:  Bellissima Couture

Shoes:  Mattel

Hat:  Floral Scrapbook element

The coat of this beautiful ensemble is out of fabric that is a map of Paris.  Too cute!!

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Here are some more photos of that fabulous bombé chest.

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NEWS FLASH: 2015 National Barbie Doll Collector Convention Doll

Last year at convention, we were told that Mattel would be taking over the design as well as manufacturing the convention dolls for all official conventions.  While I was sad that we would most likely not see the collaboration with OOAK artist that I so loved, I understood the business decision behind it.  Conventions are becoming a big deal now ,I believe, and the convention doll is one of the main perks of the entire convention.  There were rumors after the last U.S. Barbie convention that the dolls for all conventions (U.S., Japanese and European) would be the same but with perhaps some small variations.  The Japanese Barbie convention is this weekend.  I was excited to see the doll they were given as it might be an indicator of what we would be receiving this year at NBDCC.  This morning, the NBDCC committee released a photo of this years convention doll on FB.

To say I am surprised is an understatement.  I had not realized how much I enjoyed the anticipation and the final “reveal” as part of the convention experience.  While I understand the reasoning behind releasing the photo…these photos were going to be out there anyway as of the end of this weekend…I am not sure how to feel about having this information early.  It’s weird. 

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source: NBDCC

How do I feel about the doll?  She is a fabulous representation of theme I think.  I love the whole Marlene Dietrich vibe.

Marlene Dietrich, 'Morocco', 1930

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How do others feel about the release of this information so far in advance of the U.S. convention??

Sound off….

The Fashion Doll Vignette

I think you can tell by now that I love collecting fashion dolls.  I also love photographing my collection and sharing those photos with you all.  Another thing I really enjoy doing is displaying my collection.  Some of the most popular images I share either here or on my flickr page involve some kind of diorama.  To me, it is infinitely more interesting to share a scene rather than just a fashion image of a doll and outfit.  One is editorial, the other shares a story.  The second you add items and accessories, it becomes a scene and scenes have stories.  Do I have a story when I set a scene?  Sometimes, yes, sometimes, no. 

This vignette started with the following youtube video.  This is where I imagine all of my Silkstones live LOL!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETxufpX8yFc&list=UUonF9muPaQugKknkbQfQ2iw 

 

In this diorama there are a number of amazing pieces.  First and foremost, there is this exquisite suit, hat and gloves from Matisse.  It is worn by Ballgown Silkstone. 

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The other treasures in this diorama are the 1/6 terrarium, 1/6 garden cloche and the OOAK painted 1/6 bombe chest.  The plants are all miniature scale plants found on Amazon.  The picture above the chest was a find on an antiquing trip to a local shop.

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I don’t know if these little terrariums are available anymore but they are too adorable.

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The miniature cloches can be found in most fairy garden supply stores.  I have added a link for some at Amazon.  Just click on cloches.

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Let’s talk about this amazing bombe chest for a moment.  It started life as a plastic jewelry chest.  I have dear friend ,Carolyn Grentz, who is an amazing artist and she transformed this plastic jewelry chest into a 1/6 French baroque treasure.  I am trying to talk her into doing a few more to sell at Barbie Convention.

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2015 WClub Announces First Collection

If you are a lover of lingerie basic dolls and you chose this year to join the WClub, you chose well.  They just released their first capsule collection of ITBE Basics.

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This collection is available through lottery to WClub members only.  If you didn’t sign up for WClub this year, sorry charlie.  You will need to wait until next year or try and pick up these lovelies on the secondary market.  It really does pay to join the WClub if you like this companies products.

**All images in this post are courtesy of www.integritytoys.com**

Love Roulette
The ITBE Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Ship Date: Approximately the Week of March 23rd, 2015
Limited edition of less than 500 dolls per style

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: FR (Older Tall Body Version)
Head Sculpt: Vanessa Perrin 2.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Light Honey
Hair Color: Sandy Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Audacious
The ITBE Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Ship Date: Approximately the Week of March 23rd, 2015
Limited edition of less than 500 dolls per style

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: FR (Older Tall Body Version)
Head Sculpt: Finley Prince (New Sculpt!)
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Walnut
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Dark Side
The ITBE Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Ship Date: Approximately the Week of March 23rd, 2015
Limited edition of less than 500 dolls per style

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: FR (Older Tall Body Version)
Head Sculpt: Anja
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Porcelain
Hair Color: Platinum
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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My Desire
The ITBE Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Ship Date: Approximately the Week of March 23rd, 2015
Limited edition of less than 500 dolls per style

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: FR (Older Tall Body Version)
Head Sculpt: Isha
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Caramel
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Entice
The ITBE Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Ship Date: Approximately the Week of March 23rd, 2015
Limited edition of less than 500 dolls per style

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: FR (Older Tall Body Version)
Head Sculpt: Kesenia
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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Buxom
The ITBE Collection
IT Direct Exclusive
Ship Date: Approximately the Week of March 23rd, 2015
Limited edition of less than 500 dolls per style

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: FR (Older Tall Body Version)
Head Sculpt: Véronique Perrin 1.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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If you are WClub member, you have until Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at Noon Eastern (New York Time)  to enter the lotteries. 

While these are intriguing, I believe I will sit this lottery out.  My favorite is Dark Side.

Celebrating Spring

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I love Spring.  In the Pacific Northwest, it means the birds start singing and the constant grey rain gives way to a few sunny days here and there.  I have always thought of Spring as a beginning…and I am so ready for some new and wonderful beginnings. 

My camellias are starting to bloom…

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and so are my crocus.

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Lilacs are starting to bud.

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Forsythia is holding court in the garden.  The first sentinel of Spring.

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My dear friend Hilda of Bellissima Couture gifted this exquisite gown for me over a year ago and I wanted to share it.  Not only is it exquisite in every way, it also incorporates some lovely lace found on our trip to Paris.  It is simply too lovely for words.  A treasure in my collection..and heart.20150214-IMG_9544-Editwmsized

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BFMC 2015 Video Shared to All

It looks like the BFMC released the video for public consumption.  Yipee!!  That means I can share some still shots here.

You can find the full length video here

http://www.barbiecollector.com/news/2015-bfmc-collection-debut

 

The lineup for 2015 looks like this:

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From left to right is Boucle Beauty, Blush Beauty, Fabulously Floral, Lavender Luxe and Little Red Dress.

Boucle Beauty:

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The hair is quite a departure from the original photos released of her.  I wonder what the actual production doll will look like.  Time will tell but I am guessing it will be more like this than the previously released photos. 

Lavender Luxe:

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Be still my heart and open up my wallet!!!  { moment of silence as I send silent meditative thanks and praise to Robert Best for this little piece of heaven}.  The scene from the old Mervin’s commercial comes to mind where the woman is glued to the store door chanting “Open, Open, Open”.

Yes…me likey and me buying.

Blush Beauty:

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Perfection!

Little Red Dress:

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May need multiples of this one for redressing Smile

It looks like the BFMC team is really feeling the Dior vibe both with clothing and set design.  Too cool.

Oscar Night Fashion Report…

…and a few Oscar night revelations.  Revelation number 1:  Holy cow…Lady Gaga can sing!  She belted out a number of our beloved Sound of Music tunes with heart, soul and one heck of a voice.  She even brought Julie Andrews to tears…not a dry in the house after that one.  Revelation number 2: God love Patricia Arquette.  Equal pay for equal work no matter the gender.  Sing it sister!!!  Now…on to the fashion report.

There were a great deal of recent couture and RTW runway looks showing up at last nights Oscars.  It would appear that Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab had the biggest presence on the red carpet last night and for the most part…it was a really good night for all the designers.  Here is Jennifer Lopez in Elie SaabJennifer Lopez in Elie Saab Couture

On the runway at Elie Saab’s 2014 Fall Couture show.  Yes, cleavage can totally make or break a dress.  In Ms. Lopez’s case, I believe it makes it.  I thought she looked stunning.

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Next up Chrissy Teigen rocked it in Zuhair Murad.

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And on the recent 2015 Spring Couture runway

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The couture house of Zuhair Murad scored a second well dressed starlet last night with Jenna Dewan Tatum

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…and again from Murad’s 2015 Spring Couture show

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Well done designers!!!  Another notable house of fashion last night was Yves Saint Laurent.  I liked both looks they had on the red carpet.  First up was the lovely and apparently unharmed from her recent flogging( no I have not seen the movie and I must be the only woman under 50 on the planet who hasn’t)….Dakota Johnson. 

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Margot Robbie wore the other Saint Laurent look magnificently.  This black tour de force was stunning with her blond tresses.  Kudos to the stylist who picked out this necklace…apparently a vintage piece from the former collection of no less than the late Duchess of Windsor , Wallace Simpson.  It was the best accessory of the evening..bar none.

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Kuddos to  J. Mendel who graced the body of Faith Hill.  Excuse me but…does this woman EVER age?!  She looked amazing.

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The house of Givenchy.  There were two looks from this design house.  First up was the stunning Rosamind Pike in a custom gown.  Easily her best awards season look.  I loved it on her.

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Jessica Chastain also wore Givenchy. While beautiful, it was not my favorite look on her.  She does well with a V neckline.  This square neckline just didn’t work on her in my opinion.  Loved the hair and makeup. 

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Anna Kendrick in a custom Thakoon.  Loved this coral color on her.  Also loved the hair and simple jewelry.  To her stylist: “Nailed it!”

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Next let’s talk about baby bump fashion for the evening.  I have to say that Kiera Knightley looked way better in her Valentino then she did in the Golden Globes Chanel mistake.  In this ode to spring floral she epitomizes the glow of impending motherhood.  Etherial and delicate.  Well done.

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Spring 2015 Couture Valentino

Next we have the fashion savvy newly bonded to Benedict Cumberbatch Sophie Hunter in Lanvin.  Stunning couple and if looking good on the red carpet while pregnant were an Olympic sport, she would have the gold.

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Lastly, let’s talk about the two new baby mamas that rocked their Versace’s.

Zoe Saldana.  Oh my word!  And this woman didn’t have just one baby, she had two!!  This is what being a former ballet dancer can do for us.  Holy cow!  She looked stunning in this palest of pink hued Versace.

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Scarlett Johansson in one of the best pops of color on the red carpet.  Whoever talked her into the  choker/necklace/piece of industrial hardware needs to rethink their grasp of appropriate accessories though.  Overkill …total overkill.

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I really didn’t have much to snark about this year at the Oscar’s so I am going to leave it there. 

2015 BFMC Revealed to BFC

Wow!!!  Today the Barbie Fan Club released a video of the 2015 Barbie Fashion Model Collection.  Real life photos of 5 dolls are shown.  If you are a BFC member, sign in and go to link below to get access to the video.  You have to be a BFC member to see this.  If you are not a member, you will not be asked to join to see content. Note**If you are a BFC member, please do not share the Youtube link with non members as it is disrespectful to the paying members of the club and in violation of your contract to do so.**

http://www.barbiecollector.com/news/2015-bfmc-collection-debut

Fashionably Floral and Boucle Beauty photos have been released

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source: www.barbiecollector.com

Photographer Paul Jordan
Stylist Mary Jordan

source:  www.barbiecollector.com

The remaining dolls in the collection are a ball gown, an AA doll and the pink beauty we saw in a sketch with BFC membership signup.

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 source: www.barbiecollector.com

Now…all I need are some release dates, some Mattel sanctioned photos and some prices and I can start budgeting.  Smile

Oscar Night Glamour

For the past couple of years, I have shared an elaborately styled diorama photo in honor of the academy awards season.  There was the “Getting Ready for the Oscars” post.  Then there was the “Presenting at the Oscar’s” post.  This year, I decided to go back to simple glamour and use the newest addition to the BFMC Silkstone Barbie line.  She redresses incredibly well.

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This is such a Hollywood glamour shot! 

For those who wanted a better look at her hair, here you go.  Smile

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I am going to resurrect some old photos to help celebrate the day .SmileThese are some oldies but goodies back from 2012.

Model:  Air Apparent Veronique

Gown:  T.D. Fashions

Fur:  Dimitha

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Models:  Sweet Confection Poppy Parker and Dynamite Girl Most Beautiful Boy Auden

Wedding Gown, Veil and bouquet:  Marie Therese Silkstone Barbie

Tuxedo:  Umm….have absolutely no idea.  I am running a blank here.

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