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Big OOAK Sale Today!!

Hello all!  Just wanted to give a shout out about an exciting sale going on today for all you vintage and OOAK Barbie lovers out there.  The talented duo of Hilda Westervelt and Maryann Roy have a new collection of Mannequin Mavens they are debuting today as well as fashions by Hilda and furniture by Maryann.  They are working with some amazing prints from David Rose this time around and the results are nothing short of stellar!  There is sure to be something for everyone in this epic sale and if you are one of the many who are sad about not attending Barbiecon this year, here is your chance to get some of the things you only see there.  For all the images and prices of what is available, please visit Hilda’s or Maryann’s blogs at

www.bellissimacouturefashions.com (Hilda) fashions

www.maryannroy.com (Maryann) Furniture, Room Boxes and OOAK Mannequin Mavens.

To entice you to go, here are a few luscious images of some of the things available today.

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

 

The Mannequin Maven Collection

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

©2020 Maryann Roy

Hilda also has some fantastic OOAK fashions that she is offering.  Here are a few.

All these beauties are available either through Maryann’s (OOAK’s and furniture) or Hilda’s ( fashions) blogs so go check out their websites!

 

–Rebecca


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.

©2020 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

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

©2020 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©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. 

that aint right

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. 

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

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

©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

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

And the original…

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Malibu Barbie interpretation

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

and the original…

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Roman Holiday interpretation

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

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

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

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.

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

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

©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!!!

©Barbie Convention LLC 2019

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.

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

Hilda’s exclusives for room shopping and sales room

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

And some fun eyewear and neck scarves from me….

©2019 ITFDS

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

©NBDCC 2018

©NBDCC 2018

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!

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 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.


Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

I have shown you a little bit of what Hilda is bringing to The Integrity Toys convention this year.  Now, I can show you a  little bit of what Rogier and I are bringing to Wednesday’s event and the Friday night sales bazaar. 

From Inside The Fashion Doll Studio:

1. Nudes, Nudes, Nudes…and only in a tasteful way.  I mean nude dolls people.  FR, FR2, NuFace, Monogram and Dynamite Girls.  I have over 60 dolls to sell.

2.  A few boxed dolls.

3. Silk scarves for your dolls

4. Doll jewelry

5. Designer shopping bags

6. **NEW This Year** Flowers for your dolls

We won’t be putting anything on hold so if you want anything you see, show up early. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

NOTE!  Purse not for sale!!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

And from the very talented Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World:

Minis!!!!!!!!!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

Look for time and room number of the Bellissima Couture , Inside The Fashion Doll Studio and Dutch Fashion Doll World event at convention.  It will be posted on the sales boards


Hudson’s Bay Barbie!

Sorry to start this blog post out with some snark but here it goes.  When you are a company the size of Mattel…and you say you are going to have something for sale on a certain date at a certain time….you would think they would honor that.  Nope.  But then again, this was the same company that advertised a doll for $50 then raised the price 50 percent an hour into the sale to $75.  Snark over…for now.  Winking smile

All this being said, Mattel released a highly anticipated doll today ( about an hour and a half later than they said they would but released it they did)…whaaaaat…how did that extra snark get in there?

Seriously  though..Carlyle has a new girl to show off at Mattel and she is a beauty!  Well done Carlyle!!!  Also important to note…for once Canadian collectors can buy directly and get this one shipped to their homes.  She is also available at Hudson’s Bay online.

Hudson’s Bay® Barbie®

Silver Label®

Designer: Carlyle Nuera

Release Date: 10/5/2016

Retail:  $49.99

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

She’s purrrrty.  And…There is a poodle!!!  The latte cup and cell phone are a bonus too eh? Winking smile

-Rebecca


More Silkstone News!!

So right after I posted yesterday, Mattel posted new images of the BFC exclusive Silkstone for 2016.  We have all had a gander at the sketch for many months and many of us had a chance to see the doll in person at the NBDCC 2016.  Here are a few images I took of her at NBDCC

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

And here is the information and official pictures

Glam Gown Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

Release Date: 10/12/2016

Retail: $100.00

  • Body Type: Posable Silkstone®
  • Facial sculpt:
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Fashion:  Pink satin gown with flowing organza train
  • Accessories:  Black satin opera gloves, chandelier earrings

She is a BFC exclusive which means you need to be a BFC member to purchase.

©2016 Mattel, Inc. 

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

Things to take note of….The IRL doll at NBDCC was sporting pink shoes not black and the fabric on the IRL doll did not show the same kind of fabric as the promo shots are indicating.  Just trying to keep it real folks and set expectations appropriately.  You be the judge but to these eyes, the ruffle material on the promo shots looks like it lays very nicely, whereas the IRL doll at NBDCC did not.  The beading also looks very different but there are always differences between the promo shots and the actual production doll.  The difference here is that the production doll was actually seen BEFORE the promo shots so, it feels kind of humorous to me.  It’s like saying “ Yeah…this is what we could have done…but….we didn’t”

All else being held equal, I’m still buying the doll.  She is a platinum updo with a pink gown…of course I’m buying.  Whether or not I feel very good about it is another thing.  I have a hard time supporting a company who is making some really unfortunate decisions regarding their collector line.  I find it hard to plug a product in this blog when I have a very real concern for the direction of this Mattel division. 

-Rebecca


New Barbie Look and Silkstone News!

There has been a bit of a Barbie drought in this collectors house for a while but that may change in the coming weeks. This morning, The Barbie Collection added a few items for preorder that has some collectors very interested. 

First up are a couple of new Barbie Look dolls.

The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll – Park Pretty

Black Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

    • Body Type: Articulated
    • Facial sculpt: Millie
    • Fashion Sewn On: No
    • Fashion: Floral dress paired with yellow peep toe shoes
    • Accessories: Doll, fashion, shoes, sunglasses, bracelets, purse, phone, coffee drink, Miss Honey, dog tag

Release Date: 9/30/2016  **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 11/11/16**  Just keeping it real.

Retail:  $29.95

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

I love the accessories this one comes with.  Honey the dog is always a plus ( did you know this dog has her own Instagram account!) and the phone and iced coffee drink is adorable.  It looks like this doll also has a semi ‘made to move’ body.  The knees at least look that way and one would assume its so Barbie can sit very easily on the picnic blanket while she is at the park.  Nice work Bill.  I like this one.

The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll – Pool Chic

Black Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

Release Date: 9/30/2016

  • Body Type: Articulated
  • Facial sculpt: Karl
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Fashion: Floor-length aqua blue halter dress with gold detail
  • Accessories: Doll, fashion, shoes, earrings, bracelet, purse, phone, compact with pom pom, lipstick

Release Date: 9/30/2016  **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 11/11/16**  Just keeping it real.

Retail:  $29.95

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

Very elegant and I love the accessories again.  Bill…you have this collector’s attention.  I am really liking these Barbie Look collections so far.

Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll (Brunette)

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

  • Body Type: Posable Silkstone®
  • Facial sculpt: Vintage Silkstone
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Fashion:  Little black dress
  • Accessories:  Boots

Release Date: 9/30/2016 **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 01/31/17**  Just keeping it real.

Retail: $40.00

 

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

OK…first off I am really happy that a brunette version of the adorable blonde classic black dress silkstone will be available to collectors now.  The price point is very attractive too!  However, this doll is eerily similar to a couple of the convention dolls given in Europe this past year.  If I were an attendee for one of these conventions and I saw this, frankly, I would be a little pissed off.   Those convention dolls are supposed to be super exclusive, a perk for going to them.  Now Mattel is offering up a doll so similar it’s uncomfortable.   Here is the Milan convention doll…

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Odd choice Mattel.


The Power of Pink Rises Again

I can’t describe the power of this color in my life.  It is a color that just makes me happy.  I confess, if I see a dress or gown in this color, I am immediately drawn to it.  I seem to fall for the pale pinks more so than the more vibrant hues but If it is pink, I’m interested.  For those of you who follow my instagram feed ( and soon to add Instagram stories too!!), you will have seen that I added these babies to my shoe collection.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

The color just makes me happy.  So it will come as no surprise that I recently took receipt of some pink gowns.  They are from a relatively new designer in the doll arena and I am pleased to be adding his pieces to my collection.

Model:  2016 NBDCC Convention Doll

Gown and earrings: Rimdoll on Etsy

Shoes: 2016 NBDCC Convention Doll

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Oh the yummy pink sparklyness of this!!  By the way, I completely blame Wholeeah for this gown ( follow her on Flickr or Instagram) because it was her phenomenal pictures of this dress on a Matt Sutton OOAK that got me running to buy it.  This gown came with a little gift of earrings.  Always a nice touch and it is well tailored and shipped very quickly.    I have more of this designer’s work to show you! 

** note** The sleeves are a little long on this model because this dress was made to fit the FR2 body.  I just decided I wanted a Silkstone to model it first.

-Rebecca


The Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention–Day 3 The Salesroom

The last day of convention is full of lovely sales room goodies Smile  But before we get into those, I wanted to show the promotional images from two of the auction items displayed last night.  These items will be auctioned off on Ebay in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned to Rogier’s blog for information on when those items are up and available for bidding.

Carlyle Nuera released these images on his Instagram and FB page of the glorious design he did.

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

And here is one for the Magia2000 auction item.

©2016 Magia2000

Now on to the Madrid Fashion Doll convention sales room!

Artist Creations brought some beautiful dolls.

 

And Magia2000 brought some stunners as well.

I believe this beautiful lady went home with someone we know.

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And many, many more talented people exhibited their wares

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Brani Mladanov

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Amazing hats and outfits by  Cisca Durieux

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Creations Cotho

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Marcelo Jacob

And so many more….

 

And with these final images, I pass the baton back to Rogier for Dutch Fashion Doll World.  Rogier will be blogging for me in about a month as I travel to Chicago for the Integrity Toy Convention.   Wishing you safe and easy travel back to your home my friend.  It has been a pleasure and honor to sit in the editor chair these past few days.

-Rebecca


The Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention–Gala Dinner continued…

I forgot to mention a few things about the centerpiece in the previous post.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

The gold Indian inspired 3D frame around the doll was designed and fabricated by Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World.  The mandala carpet beneath the doll was made by Maria Vergara Bea.   This entire centerpiece was sponsored by Douglas Martinez from the Harrisbourg doll Club.  Beautiful work everyone!!!

The Gala dinner by all accounts was a glorious and fun affair.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

And then it was time for the presentation of the Mattel convention doll!!

Brunette Classic Black Dress articulated Silkstone.  Gorgeous!!!

Limited Edition of 221

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Mattel, Incl

And the convention was not done handing out the gifts! From the Madrid Fashion Doll Convention organizers:

“Bollywood nights in Madrid”

“This doll is made to celebrate our fourth convention. She has been designed and made by Mon-Lew Designs.   She has a rich combination of fabrics and colors.

A special embroidery was made for her.

She is wearing all kinds of Jewelry.

In Bollywood more is the best so she has it all.

The box was designed by Brani Midlanov”

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Manuel J. Rodriguez /Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

©2016 Manuel J. Rodriguez /Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

©2016 Brani Midlanov/Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

©2016 Manuel J. Rodriguez /Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

And, as extra extra bonus, a helper doll was given to some of the instrumental people who collaborated and helped bring this fabulous convention to fruition.

MUMBAI TRAVELLER

Made By Mon-Lew Designs to thank collaborators and helpers.

She is a limited edition 30 units

©2016 Manuel J. Rodriguez /Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

Tomorrow is salesroom day!!  I am sure Rogier will have lots of amazing pictures for us of the bounty available at the Madrid Fashion Doll Show.  Stay tuned tomorrow.


The Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention–Gala Dinner

After presentations were over this afternoon, there was one workshop put on by the talented member of  Artist Creations Guiseppe de Bellis

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Then it was time for the really big party…The Gala Dinner!!!  Here are a few images from the dessert table.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

The centerpiece doll

“Bolliwood Diva 2.0”

She was an originally designed by Marcelo Jacob, now redesigned by Lewis and made by Joana Costa “Squistish”

 

©2016 Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

And the tables themselves incorporated many of the beautiful colors of India.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Rogier’s table gift.  Wish I were at his table!!!

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Gorgeous!!

There were beautiful auction items as well.  Here are just a few….

Magia 2000

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Here is beautiful image Magia2000 shared on their instagram

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Artist Creations

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Mattel done by Carlyle Nuera

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

 

So, Gala dinner is happening right now.  We should have images of convention doll very soon.  As I write this, Rogier is sending me videos of some major dancing going on…Bollywood style.  LOVE.  What a fantastic party!!

-Rebecca


The Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention–Day 2

The second day of festivities in Madrid began with presentations and an  OOAK artist cocktail by Sebastian Atelier.  Rogier took some great photos of these events!

Carlyle Nuera gave a presentation from Mattel.  No photos were allowed at this event after the introduction.  It looks like he was signing his fabulous sketches that people received in their registration bags before the presentation .

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Ibrahim Ismail also gave a presentation on Bollywood cinema but sadly, I do not have any images of that.  I’m sure it was fabulous.

Conventioneers were given option to attended the OOAK artist cocktail party given by Sebastian Atelier.  There were some beautiful OOAK creations to look through and for a lucky few, purchase. 

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

For those who attended the cocktail, there was a beautiful outfit given as a gift.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

More info coming later and don’t forget…Gala dinner with presentation of convention doll!!!

-Rebecca


Opening the Treasure Chest: “Tokyo Chic”

One of the things I enjoy most about The National Barbie Doll Collector Convention are the amazing One of a Kind (OOAK) artists that bring their creations to the convention.  Most of them sell at private shows or in their rooms in the days leading up to the official start of the convention.  Many collectors, including myself, go up to 4 days early to convention so they can attend these private parties and see what kind of OOAK creations they can add to their collections.  For some collectors, these OOAK’s are the focus of their collection.  There are so many talented artists within this community.

One such artist is Julia Lapshova of Julia Originals.  I was lucky to get to her room early enough and purchased this lovely creation.  Her attention to detail and tailoring is always extraordinary.  I am so very happy to have Ms. Tokyo Chic in my personal collection.  You can also follow Julia on Facebook

“Tokyo Chic”

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Opening the Treasure Chest: Tokyo Chic

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Opening the Treasure Chest: Tokyo Chic

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Opening the Treasure Chest: Tokyo Chic

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Opening the Treasure Chest: Tokyo Chic

-Rebecca


The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging–Part 1: The Introduction

I promised people who were not able to make it to the NBDCC presentation I did this July that I would repeat sections of the presentation via the blog so her is first section.

I introduced the class with this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl-__rM4IoE

 ©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Who am I?

Hello everyone.  My name is Rebecca Berry and I am the creator, writer and photographer for Inside The fashion Doll Studio.  It is a blog with around 1,000 subscribers and focuses primarily on 1/6 scale fashion dolls.    First of all, I have to say a very quick and heartfelt “Thank You” to my readers and subscribers.  Without all of you, I would not be here doing this so I thank you for your support and words of encouragement.

I am a self taught photographer which means I did not go to school for formal training as a photographer.  I have been behind the lens of a camera for quite a while. In high school, I was the one typically behind the camera taking images of a friends sporting event and /or performance.  When shooting I was usually most interested in capturing the relationship or emotion of the moment and not necessarily the action.  I wanted a fun facial expression or quite moment of concentration before the long jump kind of image.  When it was time for college, I never considered photography and instead studied an entirely different thing..number crunching and financial analysis LOL!  A whole world away from photography, or so I thought.  So how did I get here?

I am here today because first and foremost, I am like all of you…a collector.  This is my eighth convention.  I played with Barbie when I was younger and have many fond and happy memories from that but like many, when I hit my teens, I gave Barbie up for other things.  Barbie was not done with me yet though…she came back into my life through this little munchkin….©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

How did I get Started Collecting?

This is my daughter Megan.  When she was three years old she got her first Barbie for her birthday.  It was a collector Barbie of all things and I said to myself “ Oh great…she is only three and she is going to trash it”.  But she didn’t.  She had other Barbies that she wanted to play with but the collector Barbie she considered “special” and put it on a shelf to look at..   and I thought “hmmmm…maybe this is something we can do together…like a Mommy/ daughter thing.  We could collect every Birthday and Christmas”.   So, I was a former financial analyst which means when I don’t know about something, I do research.  I researched collector Barbies and found the Barbie Collector website.  That is when I went down the rabbit hole Winking smile.

While I may have started out researching for ideas of dolls to collect with my daughter, I soon realized that I was avidly looking through the images of amazing collectible Barbies for myself.  I have always loved fashion  and in particular fashion from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  I found the Silkstone BFMC line ,in particular, very appealing and began to acquire those.  That was thirteen years ago and I have no plans to stop. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

My Photography Background

As I have said before, I am self taught.  After many years of working in the shark tank of financial markets, I decided to stay at home with my kiddos while they were young.  When you have little ones, you typically have “after school activities”.  These activities had me picking up the camera again after years of neglect.  Finding that love of capturing an images again was wonderful and after photographing a number of my daughters dance performances…I realized I wasn’t too bad at it.  Again, it wasn’t necessarily about photographing the action ( although that was nice), it was more often about the emotion it conveyed.  More importantly, it became more about showing these young and impressionable young girls the amazing work they were doing.  It became a self image booster for them. 

When I started photographing Megan in dance, she was at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School of dance which was the dance school arm of the professional ballet company in Seattle.  Megan performed in their Nutcracker ballet for two years in a row.  While there, I recognized a photographer whose work I had admired.  Here name is Angela Sterling.  She is a former  soloist dancer with PNB who had to retire due to injury.  When she left the company she realized there were very few images to show for her many years of hard work and decided to go into photography to give the dancers those images of “their best moments”.  I loved that concept.  Capturing someone’s best moment.  I wanted to do this for my daughter and the young girls she danced with. I wanted them to have the opportunity to see themselves at their best dance moments.  I wanted to improve my craft so I could do that in the way it should be done…with the best of my ability.  ©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

While improving my photography skills and knowledge, I was also collecting.  I became involved in the very vibrant collecting community that surrounds this amazing hobby and was noticing how the field of photography was helping to drive some very popular doll forums…and I wanted to be a part of that.  I was always interested in fashion and some of my very first photography inspirations were images from Vogue and Harpers Bazaar from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  I loved pouring over images from noteworthy photographers such as Horst, Cecil Beaton, Irving Pen, Richard Avedon and Norman Parkinson.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Within the doll photography community, there was one photographer whose work I admired and really tried to emulate.  His use of lighting, composition and styling is just exquisite.  His work never fails to inspire me even to this day.  His name is Ernesto Padró Campos.  His doll photography blog is treasure trove of beautiful images.

http://dolldom.blogspot.com/

©Ernesto Padró Campos

If I can be as good as this someday…I will be happy.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

So that wraps up the introduction.  For the next couple of months, each and every Friday, I will be continuing the series.  Here is a preview of the overall presentation

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Within doll photograph basics, I will talk about.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Within doll blogging, I will talk about.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Hope you all enjoy and see you next Friday!  Feel free to ask questions with each post and I will try my best to keep up with responses.

-Rebecca


2016 NBDCC–Final Thoughts and Thanks

What does the trip home from Barbiecon look like?

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

I kid you not.  This was on my luggage when I picked it up from baggage claim.  LOL!  That about says it all people.  I flew into the wrong airport, I drove to Jacksonville, I laughed, I cried, I presented,  I shopped, I laughed some more then with a heart full of good memories I said goodbye to my Barbie buddies and headed home.  On the plane ride home I found myself looking forward to next year already.  A big hug and Thank you! to the fabulous table #4 and a most excellent hostess Susan.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

I want to thank my dear friend and fellow blogger Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Barbie World for taking over the blogging duties on ITFDS.  He did a most fantastic job keeping both blogs up to date and getting all the images and information out to all of you.  Words alone cannot express my gratitude for his kindness and generosity in doing this.  I have to also give a big “Thank You!!” to Mario and Gianni of Magia2000.  They generously allowed me to photograph behind the scenes before the event which then allowed me to share images of all of their collection in a way I never would have been able to do fighting the crowds during their show.  Grazie!  I also received an extra bonus in that I got to hear some of what went into designing this collection.  I was amazed before but now, having heard about all that goes into these exquisite creations, I am in awe.  What an honor to photograph those beauties. 

This year, since I had opportunities that came up during the convention, I was prompted  to take some of my professional camera gear.  It was a lot to lug around but boy am I glad I did.  I was very happy with the images I was able to get this convention.  Looks like extra camera gear will be coming with me now for doll conventions. 

I was honored to be asked to do a presentation on photography and blogging this year and since some people were not able to make it, I will be doing most of the presentation in pieces on the blog.  The first installment will be this Friday and will follow for subsequent Friday’s through August and into September.   If you missed it or were unable to attend, no worries.  It will all be here.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

-Rebecca


IDC 2016–Sales Room and Raffle

Last post from the IDC.  The Italian Doll Convention had an amazing group of collectors and artisans selling in the sales room this year. 

Popovy Sister

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

Chez Sebastian Atelier

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

Créations Cotho Corinne Thorner

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

The raffles were equally impressive.

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

©2016 Dutch Barbie World

 

By Rogier’s account and that of many other attendees, this years Italian Doll Convention was amazing.  A huge “Thank You” to Rogier and Dutch Barbie World for taking us all along for the ride!!  

-Rebecca