Barbie for big girls.

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

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

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!!

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Here are some more photos of that fabulous bombé chest.

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio


© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

10 responses

  1. smittenwithb

    Love this! thanks!

    March 4, 2015 at 6:10 am

  2. Certainly do LOVE this Louis aesthetic !! Rebecca keep your amazing pictures coming 😉

    March 4, 2015 at 6:22 am

  3. Micheal Jarvis

    Im really enjoying the vignette items, really spectacular.

    March 4, 2015 at 6:41 am

  4. I see you have been able to get a slightly better price on those gorgeous chairs, lucky you! I love seeing your vignettes and look forward to more!

    March 4, 2015 at 6:54 am

  5. Hello

    I find very beautiful your creations and I would want to buy you but I do not know how to make. Every time I want to buy an object it is already sold, how then I to make? Thank you in advance for your answer

    March 4, 2015 at 7:44 am

  6. Stunning! I love the idea of a regular slot for vignettes.

    March 4, 2015 at 9:16 am

  7. Wanda Barr

    Hi. I love all the pictures you do, and the props. They are so beautiful, Wanda.

    March 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm

  8. Spectacular! Wordlessly, awesome job …

    March 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

  9. Joan

    Rebecca I would love to see more of your vignettes! They are so inspiring. You are one lucky gal to have a friend so talented. Not one fabulous bombe chest but two!

    You have given me some great ideas as usual, thank you.

    March 4, 2015 at 6:58 pm

  10. Beautiful diorama as always. I always love your sets.

    March 5, 2015 at 4:36 pm

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