The world of doll collecting is an interesting and varied place. The reasons for collecting dolls (or anything really) are hugely different from person to person. The sorts of dolls out there are amazingly varied as well. Everything from completely realistic ‘reborn’ infant baby dolls, to life sized mannequins, from new resin fashion dolls to antique and vintage girls and boys, to rough hewn heritage craft dolls, dolls designed for play and those for display. Dolls have been part of the human culture since the beginning. Some people love dolls, some people don’t and some folks like only some dolls while inexplicably loathing others…
My area of ‘collecting’ is fashion dolls. Everything from street level funky to leading edge weird works for me. I have vintage beauties and brand new ladies. Some factory, some redone but rarely do they stay on the shelf at my studio! My dolls are a creative outlet for me. I love to design clothing and accessories and since I am unlikely to be invited to an Embassy Ball or the like anytime soon, my dolls ‘will go’ instead. (At least I’ll design and sew something for them to wear to such an occasion.) My dolls can go places I won’t (the Sultan’s tent for dinner), and can’t (signing soprano arias on stage at the Met) My dolls live exciting, fascinating lives full of travel and philanthropic endeavours. They’re mysterious and glamourous and they look fabulous doing it all! I deeply enjoy creating back stories for the outfits I make, though I don’t always share them. I like to imagine where they are, where they’re going and what they’re thinking about. I can be anything I want through my dolls. The sky is the limit and nothing is out of reach.
Though I can appreciate and do occasionally make casual day to day clothing for my dolls, the kind of thing you would actually see on the street, even those looks have to carry a lot of style to really grab me. The clothes that people wear to the office for example are just not what inspires me. I mean you see that everyday in the office, lol! I’ll do an office look (or any other genre) if I can push the envelope a little on style and content, otherwise I leave that for folks who are deeply inspired by that sort of realism. It doesn’t mean I don’t like it or can’t appreciate it though.
Some collectors out there seem personally offended by high style, runway type fashion on dolls. (As if there is something morally reprehensible about high glamour dolls or something. Honestly, how much trouble can they possibly get into? They’re just plastic, vinyl and resin after all (-_-) I personally love it! I enjoy the fantasy part of runway style couture. Gravity defying and ‘how on earth did they do that?’ garments and full on statement looks. It’s a very visually rich, creative part of dressing and fashion and I love to marry that with gorgeous dolls! I don’t wish to dress my dolls like they’re in Little House on the Prairie, but I am not offended by people who do. To each his own, in this and all things. (Hmm, Little House on the Prairie might be fun, lol!)
So what’s your take? Are you a ‘fashion forward girl’ lover? Or do your girls have a more wholesome ‘girl next door’ kind of feel?Whichever way you lean, play, and enjoy your dolls!
Thanks for reading and have a great day!