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Posts tagged “OOAK Barbie

Back to Basics

What do I mean by that?  Good question.  With all the negativity going on right now surrounding this new articulated silkstone body from Mattel and the general feeling that they are not listening to their adult collector community, I took a moment to refocus.   I was getting too wrapped up in the negativity of the bad front end user interface of the Barbie Collection website and the lack of  information and general feel of apathy coming from Mattel.  I needed to come back to why I like to collect…”Why am I doing this?”.   I needed to go look at my collection and start falling in love again.  It didn’t take long.  I went into the studio and took some photos and started rediscovering why I love to collect fashion dolls.  It’s not about Mattel and what they do and don’t do.  It’s not about Integrity Toys either.  They do play a part because it is their products that fuel a passion but it’s not why I collect.

The love lies in what is done with these fashion models.  It’s the creativity and support of the community that truly fuels and sustains the love of this hobby.  With so much hurt and negativity going on right now, I think it’s time to pull back and refocus on my collection and what I enjoy most about it.  I am not one to be driven by the acquisition of a thing nor am I what some consider a completest.  Contrary to some people’s believe, I do not own every Silkstone Barbie ever made ( although I would not turn down the opportunity to LOL!).  What I strive to do is have a collection of things that I truly enjoy.  So…that is what I am going to try do do with the blog this year.  Focus on enjoying the collection I have and not get tied up in where Mattel is going with their product line or not going with their website.  It’s time to enjoy the collection I have.  And I hope to share that enjoyment with you all through the photos I produce.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

This gorgeous lady came to me at this past year’s  Barbie Collector convention in Virginia.  She is a Mannequin Maven.  Mannequin Maven’s are the collaborative team of the very talented Maryann Roy and Hilda Westervelt.  I love it when these two gifted artists get together and create!  They never disappoint.  Hilda and Maryann have collaborated for various charity donations for GAW, Kenvention, NBDCC and Rome Fashion Doll Convention.

The poodle…well…the poodle is a whole other story.  That little guy came to me through a new friend made at Barbie convention and it quickly became my travel companion and sort of travel meme through the entire trip.  For those in the “poodle club” …and you know who you are…it was time to bring the poodle out for a real photo shoot.  We really need to give this little guy a name before next convention.

Winking smile

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Reverence for the Repaint…Part II

Here is the third and final repaint I received from from the amazing repaint artist Jon Copeland.  She was originally a Suite Retreat™ Barbie® Doll.

Suite Retreat

source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

This is what Jon Copeland did with her.  STUNNING!

Gown and Hat:  Bogue’s Vogues

Gloves, shoes and jewelry:  Mattel

Fur:  Dimitha

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

-Rebecca


Reverence for the Repaint

I can do many things when it comes to doll collecting.  I cannot do what Jon Copeland does.  I can’t even contemplate it.  I can, however, observe, enjoy and photograph it.

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

For those who are interested, she was originally a Mila™ Barbie® Doll.


Italian Doll Convention Auction!

The Italian Doll Convention is a little over a week away and they are auctioning off some stunning OOAK’s to help support a local charity.  100% of the profits from these auctions will go to Casa Oz, a non profit organization that helps provide care to seriously ill children and their families.  Here are just a few of the amazing items up for auction. 

** photos are courtesy of the Italian Doll Convention**

OOAK DOLL “SPARKLING SATINE” by MAGIA 2000

$T2eC16d,!ygE9s7HKK5lBRjl(5Kcyg~~60_12

$T2eC16dHJIYE9qUcO4I7BRjlYWMI,!~~60_12

$T2eC16dHJGQFFhwB4fJKBRjlYwQB7w~~60_12

OOAK BARBIE “MASQUERADE BEAUTY” by MATTEL, DESIGNED BY LINDA KYAW , EXCLUSIVE

$(KGrHqVHJFIFEyMOiquIBRjTC8lL6w~~60_12

$T2eC16RHJGkFFmz0BMnBBRjTDUr6sg~~60_12

OOAK DOLL “MADIVA” by ARTIST CREATIONS

$T2eC16RHJH8E9qSEVn2BBRjR6jEK6g~~60_12

$(KGrHqRHJEkFGJV03H82BRjR6i2EU!~~60_12

$(KGrHqNHJEgFGH2Ggbm)BRjR6lJb3Q~~60_12

OOAK DOLL “ELPHABA” BY NINIMOMO + CASE

$T2eC16R,!)UE9s3wCMf2BRjUPeys0w~~60_12

$(KGrHqN,!rcFF0nz-S)9BRjUQ!Sfrg~~60_12

$T2eC16J,!)UE9s3wBnBoBRjUQVUSm!~~60_12

OOAK DOLL “SHADOW AND LIGHT” BY MATTHEW SUTTON

$T2eC16h,!)!E9s2fDwrYBRjT-BGJQw~~60_12

$T2eC16N,!yME9s5qF8ggBRjT9us2s!~~60_12

$T2eC16N,!zQE9s3srYw1BRjT-L(vqg~~60_12

 

For the whole list of auction items available, go to Italian Doll Convention Ebay auctions.  Also, for a much more comprehensive write-up on these auction items, head on over to Rogier’s blog at http://dutchbarbieworld.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/charity-auction-italian-doll-convention/

Holy Cow!! 


The Lady in Red: Part Four

This is the final part of this series and technically…she isn’t wearing red but in front of it.  Red, however, is a big part of the shot.  This “ Lady in Red” series had showcased the Fashion Royalty girls in my collection and it was time to pull out the beloved Silkstones.  I love these shots for a few reasons.

  1) It showcases one of my favorites Silkstones..a repaint by Jon Copeland of SeloJSpa(http://www.facebook.com/SelojSpa

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2) It has a high drama content…LOVE.

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I love the lighting in this shot.  It gives it that feeling of her actually being up on the stage with that little spotlight on her face.

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3) It shows off a glitzy showgirl ensemble(Jazz Diva by Mattel) and the styling was inspired by a great conversation with fantastic doll friend.   Matty of http://www.fashiondollfoto.com/  and I don’t get the chance to talk that often but when we do…good doll photos or doll blog ideas follow.  Matty, this one’s for you {HUGS!}.

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and 4) The background was flash of inspiration and something that caused me to say to myself “ Oh I need to talk about this on the blog”.  After Matty gave me the idea that I should dress this doll in this outfit, I immediately saw a red show curtain.  I saw “full on diva” and she needed a crushed red velvet curtain falling in folds behind her.  One of my problems ( and yes, there are many of those LOL!) is once I have this image in my head..there is no talking me out of it.  I knew I didn’t have crushed red velvet fabric for a backdrop.  I also habitually run into the problem of having something in my head and then not being able to find it ANYWHERE.  I knew I didn’t want to have to spend time or money searching for red crushed velvet at my local fabric stores.  That’s when I took a step back and said “Okay Bec..what do you have that would work?” and inspiration struck. 

“Ways in which you never thought you would use your kids old Halloween costumes.”

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Yes!  That was my daughters Halloween costume from a couple years ago sitting in a box in the kids playroom.  It was the right color, texture and bonus…it had some black lace detail accents…more DRAMA!  Perfect background curtain material.  So if you are having trouble finding a background for you photos, don’t forget to check out the kids dress up box.Smile


P.S…I Love You, Barbie® and Ken® OOAK Auction

Charitybuzz  and Mattel are teaming up again for a OOAK auction.  This time, it will benefit the LGBT Community Center of the Desert.   Here is the write-up taken directly from the Charitybuzz website. http://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/325204

“Mattel Principal Designer, Jim Holmes, collaborated with Photographer Steven Henke, to create this stunning one-of-a-kind duo Barbie® and Ken® dolls for the Barbie Does Palm Springs Charity Event.
The ultimate Palm Springs girl, PS… I Love You, Barbie® is in a 60’s inspired strapless patio-pant lounger with a citron animal-print caftan. The neck of the caftan and hem of the patio pants are encrusted with gems and jewels.

Ken®, the ultimate poolboy, is dressed in matching hipster stovepipe pants, cropped white knit top, citron flip flips, pork pie hat and sunglasses. And, to show his devotion, Ken sports a tattoo of "Barbie" on his arm.

And no Palm Springs pool party would be complete without a few festive drinks. Pool lounge furniture, a mid-century screen, and pool towels with Barbie and Ken embroidered on them, complete the flagstone set.”

** Photos are property of Charitybuzz **

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Oh if only I had a money tree!!  Auction ends October 31st.

There are also three photographs by Steven Henke (http://www.barbiedoespalmsprings.com/)  up for auction.  They are gorgeous!!

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If you want to check out the all of the Barbie related auctions, here is the link http://www.charitybuzz.com/search?keywords=barbie

Here are a few photos of other collaborations between Mattel and Charitybuzz.

Warning!! Severe Eye Candy below!!

Pink Diamond™ Barbie® doll

proceeds went to benefit MAC Aids Fund organization

Pink Blond's blond

Winter Bliss Barbie®

proceeds went to benefit 2011 Project Angel Food

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Oh my!!!  Gorgeous dolls and supporting our local communities!!  That’s a solid win in my book. Smile


Black Diamonds Anyone?

One of the highlights of going to doll conventions for me is the opportunity to see, photograph and sometimes purchase  a One of A Kind doll ( okay so that’s my favorite part LOL!).  I feel extremely blessed to have some truly amazing OOAK works of art in my collection and they mean even more because I have come to know the artists behind the work.  One of my all time favorite OOAK artists is Matt Sutton.  This past summer at the Ft. Lauderdale Barbie Convention, I was able to add this beauty to my collection and have finally put her in front of the camera.  It is always a joy to photograph something sooooo beautiful.

OOAK Silkstone “Black Diamond” by Matt Sutton (http://mattsutton.com/)

 

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And…because the front shots don’t really give the full story of the detail that went into this lady…here are some closeups of more detail.

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