Integrity Toys announced this past week in a post they called “An exciting evolution!” that they would be discontinuing their FR:Monogram line in a move to help focus and unify the other lines. Per the email from Integrity, the final Monograms will make an appearance at convention and then will forever “Requiescat in pace” R.I.P. The FR: FR2 line will be merged with the FR classic line and a new updated FR/FR2 body will be introduced and used for all future Fashion Royalty offerings. Nu.Face and FR: Homme will get an update in 2014. Exciting news for sure.
My guess is that the classic styling that was the bread and butter of the Monogram line will now be serviced by their Victoire product. Not surprising. Many in the collecting community were expecting this but it still makes me sad. The Monograms were a particular favorite of mine and some of my personal favorite photos were produced with this line. That being the case, I thought I would do a little retrospective with this fabulous line. I am happy to have these dolls in my collection and don’t plan on selling them. It is also interesting to see how my photography has changed over the past couple of years
I have had this crisp little lemon yellow number for a couple of months now and simply did not have the motivation to photograph it until after convention. I am glad I waited because the flowers in the hat have so much more meaning to me than they did before convention. I believe these flowers were given to James Bogue by two special sisters who found these gorgeous vintage miniature flowers in their late uncles things and gifted them to Mr. Bogue. I dedicate these photos to Joan and Pinky(Denise) for their generosity and for being just some of the nicest people I had the pleasure of getting to know at convention. I also dedicate these photos to their late uncle and the warm memories they have of him. Thank you so much for sharing the story about where the flowers came from!
Model: Fashion Royalty Monogram “Extravagance”
Dress and Hat: Bogue’s Vogues ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/boguesvogues )
Shoes: Mattel Christian Louboutin Barbie shoe pack