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.
The collection was sublime as always. Such a pleasure to see and be able to photograph these lovely pieces of art.
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
And the original…
Malibu Barbie interpretation
and the original…
Roman Holiday interpretation
and the original…
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
and the original…
Another show that many collectors will show up early to ensure they won’t miss these works of art.
So many artist dolls to enjoy and photograph!! My cup runneth over Again, 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.
Wishing you all a happy and blessed holiday season!
Model: OOAK Poppy Parker by Matt Sutton
Artist Creation brought some real beauties from Italy to Houston. And the fans were lining up to get a good first look and chance to buy one off their creation.
A lot of creations in fine lace and soft pastels.
for more information: http://www.artistcreations.it
O wow it felt like Christmas morning when Rebecca send me her pictures from yesterdays Magia2000 Ooak party. What an amazing gift to see so much beauty and details in this collection.
The space theme from this years convention would not be my theme. But wow, now I see how Fashionable Barbie can be in Space. What I always love about Magia2000 is that their collection has a theme. And especially this year the inspiration is so diverse inside the theme. But it all comes beautiful together in one collection. From modern Couture inspiration by Ralph & Russo and Chanel, vintage Balenciaga, Lady gaga, and vintage Star Wars and Star Trek Icons.
So sit back am enjoy this amazing collection.
for more information: http://www.magia20000.com
Yesterday Evening during roomshopping Rebecca went to Gilly Gals. The Ooak Artist Angie Gill brought some amazing Ooak Genies and Belly Dancers to Houston.
I am loving all the details on the dolls. How cool are these shoes !!!
And these dolls can dance.
For more information: http://www.GillyGals.com
Saturday morning dawned with a new challenge for festival attendees. Our design challenge was to embellish a simple black dress. Here is what we all started with. A HUGE shout out to Judy O’Connell of Aponi Designs who donated all the accessory sets for this event. Wow Judy!!! You rock!
There was also a centerpiece doll at this event that 10 lucky attendees walked away with. She was designed by the talented duo of Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and Maryann Roy of Welcome Home. I donated a couple of accessories to their fabulous creation.
With so much creativity and talent in that room…this event was sure to please. It did not disappoint. I had a whole lot of respect for the attendees of this festival going in but after this event…I was blown away by the talent in the room. It was an honor just to be a part of it.
We were all given a pick of a variety of accessory sets. These were just too cute for words. I picked the grey.
And a variety of materials to use in our embellishing.
And people could bring items that they brought from home or had purchased at Mood and M&J Trimming the previous day. It was Project Runway workroom…times 10…and it was fabulous. Mario of Magia 2000 and many other judges were there to offer encouragement, guidance and a “Tim Gun” comment if needed.
It was a fun room of designers all following their own vision. A creativity extravaganza! How glorious!
After a few hours of embellishing, the judges walked around and selected roughly 20 designs that would compete for the winner of the “Make your own OOAK” competition. There was some serious talent in that room people.
Here are some of the designs that moved on to the final round of competition.
Do you have a favorite? The winner would be voted on and announced at the evenings dinner. Anticipation was very high for this event.
—Rogier and Rebecca
This year they also had a design competition where the conventioneers could show their talents. And wow we have some very talented people in our community. During the diner last night 3 designers won an award for their creations.
The Judge’s Choice award in the Intermediate Category went to Jason Kramer.
The People’s Choice award in the Intermediate Category went to Ginny Liezert.
And the People’s & Judge’s Choice award in the Advanced Category went to Salvador Lopez Arriaga. His design will be taken into production next year.
Here an overview from al the dolls that were made for this competition.
At integrity Toys Convention there is a big raffle event where you can win some amazing ooak dolls made by the IT designers. And this year there were 9 dolls.
They were al amazing but my personal favorite (and I know that Rebecca will agree with me) is this amazing Victoire Roux called Midnight Lace by Chris Stoeckel.
50’s Haute Couture, a redhead, pink with black lace. It can’t get any better then this. I am so happy with the news that we will see this character soon in the production line again.
There was also a color variation from this year Poppy Parker doll Miss Amour.
Her name is L’amour Toujours and she is designed by David Buttry.
This was not the only Poppy Parker Doll. Here is Stole the Show Poppy Parker. of course also a design by David Buttry.
And how cool is this fashionable duo.
Subculture Kumi & Subzero Yumi
Designed by Jessy Ayala and inspired by Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen.
This is Plum Fierce Tulabelle designed by David Buttry.
Rapacious Agnes von Weiss by Vaughn Sawyers.
Prim & Plaid Misaki by Mark Tinkey.
Desire Tatyana Alexandrova by Vaughn Sawyers.
and Obsession Adèle Makéda by Vaughn Sawyers.
So this will be my last guest blog for now. I want to thank Rebecca for sending me all her great pictures. And it was an honor to take over your blog this week. As a last topic we have salesroom pictures. The salesroom at the National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention is probably the largest barbie salesroom in the world.
It’s Barbie heaven.
Also the lovely ladies from Lantis Kelly were selling here their ooak creations.
And Ninimomo had some amazing ooak creations for sale.
Dear friend have a good flight home and I can’t wait to see pictures of your new dolls here on your blog.
So what were the sneaks at convention.
In the sales room there were 2 new dolls on display. The first one is Madam La Vinia from the Harlem Theater Collection.
The doll has the new articulated Collector curvy body.
The other new doll on display in the salesroom was the new Silkstone Glam Gown.
She is the BFMC Exclusive from this year. On Instagram Designer Robert Best posted a sketch of this lady.
And the final sneak was given during the Mattel presentation. She is the new 50th Anniversary Francie.
Barbie™ Fan Club members have the opportunity to get her beginning 8/3/16 at 9am PT* for $50. No more than 4,000 of these dolls will be available for sale.
information about this doll from TheBarbieCollection.com:
This timeless teenager first captured America’s hearts in 1966 with a youthful, kicky style that embodied the hip looks of London’s Carnaby Street and the booming mod movement in the States. “She was where pop culture was heading,” designer Bill Greening says, “as reflected in the teenage fashion trends of the mid to late ’60s.”
Fifty years later, Francie® doll continues to delight collectors and win new fans because, as Greening explains, “She has a personality all her own and a style that can be sweet and girly or mod and wild.”
To mark her golden anniversary, Greening and his team have recreated Francie Fairchild’s crowning achievement from 1967 as Miss Teenage Beauty, a look that’s highly coveted by collectors. “It’s so hard to find a vintage sample, mint and complete,” Greening says. “The fashion feels very celebratory and appropriate to commemorate Francie’s 50th.”
Francie® doll is poised to take the pageant prize in her pink ruffled A-line skirt paired with a sleeveless lace top adorned with floral appliqués. She earns extra applause for her marvey accessories, including elbow-length gloves, pale-blue pumps, red beauty sash, and loving cup. Plus, she tops off her winning look with a tiara and signature flip hairdo — the perfect complement to the sweet expression on her face.
Please to be part of this anniversary tribute, Greening points out other distinctive features of the faithful reproduction. “This is the first time we’ve reproduced what collectors call the ‘straight leg’ Francie doll, which debuted in 1966 along with the bendable leg version. She looks really cute both in the box or removed, and her doll stand even has the vintage Francie logo.”
Great for play or display, 50th Anniversary Francie® Doll is a neato way to honor this treasured teen’s lasting appeal, and you’ll dig adding her to your collection — with just a click at our online shop beginning Wednesday, 8/3/16 at 9am PT!
Enjoy a blast from the past and watch these two vintage Francie commercials from our archives!
During the presentation there was a ooak color variation of this doll.
She was raffled under the conventioneers that attended the presentation. So one lucky collector went home with this beauty.