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NBDCC Convention News–Sitting this one out.

First and Foremost let me wish Barbie a very Happy 61st Birthday today!!!  In honor of her birthday I thought it would be a good day to announce some news and give some information on a fun sale that Miss Hilda ( Bellissima Couture) and I have cooked up for Miss Barbie.

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Some of you may have heard already but I wanted to put this out there for everyone. Hilda and I will not be attending the National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention this year in Las Vegas.  The reasons for us not going are varied.  I want to assure everyone that it is not due to any health related issues.  My family and I are doing very well and I am happy to report that all of my daughter’s scans have been blissfully clear and without any evidence of cancer since 2018.  Sooooo grateful!!!  Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  They are working!!

We are very sad to not be seeing everyone.  This community of collectors is what drives Hilda and I to do what we do.   Because we love and value this collector community so much we have been coming up with some fun ways to offer the same products we normally offer at Barbiecon but via our online shops.  This way everyone can participate and not just those attending the convention.  For those attending NBDCC, please know we are very sorry to miss seeing and visiting with you at the convention.  I am most sorry to miss that one on one connection.  It was and is always the highlight of going to the convention for me.

Now that we are announcing, both Hilda and I wanted to offer up a special sales event on Barbie’s birthday to begin our series of online events leading up to the NBDCC.   The plan is to offer a couple different capsule collections from now until June.  These capsule collections will include fashions by Hilda (Bellissima Couture).  Some will have unique OOAK fabrics we have developed together.  Offerings will include luxury accessories that I have done to compliment the fashions.  Also, this means {cue drumroll please!}….my Etsy shop is opening!!!!

My Etsy shop is ITFashionDollStudio and should be open by Friday if not before.  I will send the link via blog post on Friday or before once it is open.

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©2020 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

If you are interested in the fashions, head on over to Hilda’s blog (Bellissima Couture). She is selling the dresses and the dresses with bag as a set.  If you are interested in the accessories ( bag sets, individual bags, hat boxes and pillows) please visit my Etsy shop when it opens this Friday.

-Rebecca


Black and White Forever Barbie

2020 will be the final year for the BFMC Barbie adult collector line.  While it is sad to see the end, I think it is time to let this one go.  The line since the articulated body made it’s appearance and economy measures were installed at Mattel have really taken this line down to the basic level.  Case in point, the first doll of the final series in 2020 is “Best in Black”

Barbie® Best In Black™ Doll

  • Label: Gold Label®
  • Designer: Robert Best
  • Release Date: 11/20/2019
  • Eyelashes: Painted
  • Body Type: Poseable silkstone
  • Included With Dress, pair of sheer socks,pair of shoes, & Doll Stand
  • Facial sculpt: Vintage Silkstone
  • Fashion Sewn On?: No
  • Fashion: Jet-black mini dress with stylish leg-of-mutton sleeves

©2019 Mattel Best in Black Barbie

©2019 Mattel Best in Black Barbie

©2019 Mattel Best in Black Barbie

©2019 Mattel Best in Black Barbie

Ok…so if you were looking to design and offer a doll to symbolize a funeral for the BFMC line….Mattel hit the nail on the head.  This doll is indeed headed to a funeral with all the austerity and solemnity that would entail.  No jewelry, no handbag, socks shoes and a black dress.  Okie Dokie.  Not the way this amazing BFMC line of dolls should begin the end of its career in my opinion but here we are. 

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Who knows what the last entries for this line will entail but at this point, my hopes are not high.  For it’s last offering of 2019, the BFMC managed to at least give us collectors a ball gown so I have decided to celebrate that with a blog post.  Don’t get me wrong, the BFMC has thrilled and blown  this collector away many times since 2001.  I am happy to have been able to collect this line for the past 19 years.  I am just sad to see it ending on such a low note. 

This past season, I was able to add a tree to the ITFDS studio.  The theme for the tree was all black and white.  Chanel was an inspiration.

©2019 ITFDS - White and Black Forever

And it inspired me to give the 2019 Black and White Forever Barbie a photo shoot.

©2019 Mattel Inc. Black and White Forever Barbie

Barbie® Black and White Forever™ Doll

  • Label: Gold Label®
  • Designer: Robert Best
  • Release Date: 6/04/2019
  • Included with doll: Slingback shoes, Earrings, Doll Stand,gloves, petticoat,wrist tag
  • Eyelashes: Painted
  • Fashion: Petticoat, Slingback shoes
  • Fashion Sewn On?: No
  • Body Type: Posable BFMC
  • Doll Stand: Yes
  • Facial sculpt: 11590

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

She at least has some earrings Smile.  I’m not a huge fan of the articulated body or the glitter eye shadow but at least she has a ballgown.  I also like the two toned white with black hair in an elegant updo.   Is she worth the $100 price tag?  I would wait for a sale on this one. 

-Rebecca


NBDCC 2019- The OOAK Parties

Many collectors show up days in advance of the actual start of convention to take part in room shopping and to participate in the One of A Kind (OOAK) parties by various artists.  There is a rich and varied pool of artists that repaint and redress Barbie in haute couture.  It’s one of my favorite parts of convention to be honest and I was honored to be allowed to photograph many of the shows.  I apologize in advance for the shows I did not cover…namely Ninimomo.  There were simply not enough hours in the day and too many amazing artists to photograph.  I encourage you to scrounge the internet to find images of Nick and Marie’s amazing creations.  They are not to be missed.

I have put the full set of images on my Flickr ( you can find the link on my sidebar…too the right on your screen)  I have included a few of my favorite shots here.

Matt Sutton

The collection was sublime as always.  Such a pleasure to see and be able to photograph these lovely pieces of art. 

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©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

 

Magia2000

This year the talented duo of Mario Paglino and Gianni Grossi payed tribute to the history of Barbie.  They reimagined all the famous and popular  looks of Barbie from her 1959 beginnings up through the current day.  It was a thorough and imaginative collection with some truly stellar examples of couture Barbie.

Madame du Barbie interpretation

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And the original…

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Malibu Barbie interpretation

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and the original…

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Roman Holiday interpretation

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and the original…

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Every piece was a work of art!!!  And lucky me…my number was chosen early and I got to come home with this lovely!!

Evening Splendor interpretation

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and the original…

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Artist Creations

Another show that many collectors will show up early to ensure they won’t miss these works of art.

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©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

So many artist dolls to enjoy and photograph!!  My cup runneth over SmileAgain, if you want to see the full set of images, head over to my flickr.  All photos from the OOAK parties will be there by end of the day. 

–Rebecca


NBDCC 2019–Let It Begin!!!

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I have just returned from the National Barbie Doll Collector Convention which was held in Kansas City, Missouri.  It was a big year this year as it is Barbie’s 60th birthday.  The actual convention began on Wednesday, July31st but most avid collectors show up as early as the Sunday before to take advantage of amazing room shopping.  Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and I opened on Monday for room sales.  Here are a few of the shots of what we had available in our room.

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©2019 ITFDS

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Hilda’s exclusives for room shopping and sales room

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©2019 ITFDS

And some fun eyewear and neck scarves from me….

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Needless to say, we hit the ground running upon landing in Kansas City on Sunday Winking smile

Stay tuned….more blog posts on ooak designer parties and convention events coming up!!

–Rebecca


2018 NBDCC–Magia2000 OOAK Event

On Tuesday, Magia2000 unveiled their convention collection and it did not disappoint.  This collection paid tribute to couture collections and designers of the past and present.  All of the big couture houses were represented…Dior, Valentino, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, YSL and the list goes on.  The collection sold out in the hours it was up for bid and purchase.  Many lucky collectors whose numbers were called early walked away happy campers.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

Mario and Gianni also included inspiration photos next to each doll.  I always love to see what inspires an artist to create.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

The attention to detail by these two artists is really amazing!  It is a treat to just see these pieces of art let alone be able to purchase them.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

The complete set of photos will be up on my Flickr account(link in the side bar to the right) in about and hour.  I will be uploading after this post.  Hope you all enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed viewing this collection and photographing it.

-Rebecca


2018 NBDCC–Matt Sutton and Matt Trujillo OOAK Party

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Hello all!  I know….long time no see.  I have been busy busy making products for NBDCC 2018.  I am here again at National Barbie Doll Collector Convention to report and send photos from as many events as I can attend while still selling product Smile.   Will send another post tonight with more information on room sales.

The first event I attended was the Matt Sutton and Matt Trujillio OOAK party and boy..it did not disappoint. 

A taste of Matt Sutton’s lovelies!

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© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

These are just a few of my fav’s.  The whole set of photos can be found on my flickr..link on the right in my sidebar.

Matt Trujillo had some amazing work as well!!

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Again…go to my flickr for the full set of photos.

Will be photographing OOAK parties all day today so will try and get the photos out over the next couple of days. 

-Rebecca


Reign of the Redheads

I have a special affinity for redheads.  I have always been drawn to the vibrant hair color and often, this hair hue is what I gravitate to when I want a model for a dramatic shot.  Red hair and freckles run in my family of origin and while I was not lucky enough to get the red hair ( the freckles…I did get) I was thrilled that my son was born with strawberry blond hair.  So…in honor of those redheads, I did this shoot.  The exquisite gowns are a recent acquisition from the talented Rimdoll on Etsy.

Models: (from left to right) 2016 Japan Barbie Convention doll, Black and White Tweed Suit Silkstone Barbie and 2016 Paris Fashion Doll Festival Barbie

Gowns: Rimdoll on Etsy

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

Still not a  fan of the articulated bodies on these silkstone Barbies.  It is very limited articulation and it irks me that you cant bend the hand at wrist joint to put it fully on the dolls hip. 

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

Love this elegant Black and White Tweed Suit Silkstone’s facial screening though. 

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

Gorgeous blending of hair colors on this Japan convention exclusive

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

This vibrant red hair color is my absolute favorite…especially when it’s paired with a green eye.  Yummy!

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

And these gowns were so perfect in these fabulous pastel shades.  Adore.

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

-Rebecca


BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

This morning the Barbie Collector website was updated to release images of this new addition to the Silkstone BFMC 2017 collection.  Now..here is where I would say “BFC members were given a sneak peak of this one a month ago” but…I can’t say that as there is no official Barbie Fan Club as of the posting of this blog report.  Let’s face the facts folks…the BFC may not be coming back.  This makes me sad but I can’t pretend I and many others didn’t see the writing on the wall a long time ago.  With all the troubles on their website, crazy no win treasure hunts, questionable business practices ( {cough}, camel coat, {cough}) the demise of the BFC doesn’t surprise me at all.  Oh and there is also this little factoid.  Mattel stock fell off a cliff a couple weeks ago due to abysmal earnings.  Way worse than what was expected…never a good thing for a publically traded stock. 

©2017 MSN Money

This is just me speculating here but..all of these bits and pieces point to  bad news for the Barbie Fan Club and the future of Barbie Collector.  How much longer before the current Barbie Collection website is rolled into the new Mattel website?  Bye Bye collector forums.

So, with that “Debbie Downer” opener, lets talk about the latest release Mattel DID in fact give collectors today.

Blush & Gold Cocktail Dress Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

Release Date: 5/08/2017

Retail: $100.00  !!! yes, you saw it correctly

©2017 Mattel Inc. - BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

©2017 Mattel Inc. - BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

©2017 Mattel Inc. - BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

©2017 Mattel Inc. - BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

That is one hefty price tag for a shorter dress and basic accessories ( no jewelry folks and a plastic purse).  I am also not wowed by the facial screening in these images.  I do realize however that she may look a lot better IRL so there is always that hope.  But..as they say….a picture tells a thousand words.  Do these images sell a $100 dollar doll?  Not too sure about that.  I think more than anything, my question for Mattel’s Barbie Collector BFMC personnel is “ Does your lack of communication, perks for your customers(BFC), and general disorganized product roll out encourage collectors to want to buy?”

Debbie Downer out….


First Silkstone of 2017 Coming Soon

It looks like these images are up on the Barbie Collection website so I will share them here too.  The first Silkstone of 2017 will be available tomorrow!!  While I am not a fan of this articulated body, I still love the look of this first offering.

I find it very interesting that these images are available but no news on the Barbie Fan Club for 2017 is up and available yet.  Word is 03/31/2017.  Let’s just say, I will believe it when I see it.  In the mean time, there are images and a price point for this silkstone to mull over. 

Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll

Gold Label

Designer:Robert Best

Release Date: 03/27/2017  ( release doesn’t always mean available people…just sayin’)

Price: $75.00

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

Love the redhead!  Love the suit and Hermes inspired Kelly bag.  The hat…hmmmm…will have to see.  Happy that this lady has earrings!  I have to be honest…I am shocked we don’t have any new information on the BFC yet…just some vague information that it would be coming out by 03/31/2017.  I will be adding this beauty to my collection, club or no club. 

-Rebecca


Happy Holidays from ITFDS

Sorry for the obscenely long break between posts.  I realized I have not posted since IT convention in October and my only excuse is that life hit hyper drive since then.  I had WAY too many projects come up at once.  I need to do a big shout out to Rogier Corbeau of The Dutch Fashion Doll World who graciously and beautifully handled the blog during the Integrity Toys convention.  You rock!!  I could not have left ITFDS in better hands during convention. 

Back in July, I began some holiday shoots that I had planned to make into holiday cards.  Great idea but not enough time to turn it into reality.  Oh well, there is always next year right?   Since I don’t have time to send these, I thought I would just put it on the blog as one big digital holiday card to everyone.  I am so very grateful to all my readers for your support.  It means the world to me.  I hope to continue my photography series in the year ahead and I am looking forward to bringing more consistent content to the blog.  I hope this post finds you all happy, healthy and in anticipation of some really great dolls under your tree or in your stocking. 

Model:  OOAK Silkstone by Jon Copeland-Childers SeloJSpa

Gown: 2010Chizhik on Ebay

Fur Cape:  Integrity Toys “Flight of Fancy” outfit

 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Happy Holidays from ITFDS

 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Happy Holidays from ITFDS

Holiday photo #2 up tomorrow.