OK, so I don’t do reproductions – well, not exactly. There’s a difference in someone showing me a picture of a doll, and saying, ‘here, make this.’ Nope…won’t do it. But – when the inspirations come from the worlds of fashion and cinema, and as long as there’s room for interpretation (and there’s a challenge), then I can easily reconsider my policy of reproductions … Read More The Anatomy of an Icon
Tag: how it’s made
While other bloggers are reporting hard and strong on our community (thank you – how else would we keep up on our world?!), and a couple of them still haven’t a clue about writing a cohesive blog with a distinctive point-of-view, or copying another’s blog style – ahem, ahem…you know who you are) – I’ve been busy with the big lens…and boy, have I had … Read More May Photo Frippery
I didn’t take many of this gown in progress, because I was under a time crunch (aren’t I always?)…but you did get to see George Gonzalez’s stunning image of JAMIEshow Ginnie wearing Capricio in Haute Doll Magazine, here…and below… Working with densely hand-beaded silk chiffon is a challenge…requiring crushing of beads in seam allowances, and a fair amount of hand work to complete. But wouldn’t you … Read More Celebration: Kingdom Doll wears Tommydoll!
Yeah, I can do simple… A friend asked me to partake in a special project he is overseeing, and asked if I’d like to make something for one of his dolls to wear. He sent me this photo of Catherine Deneuve wearing a little black dress by Yves St. Laurent. I was intrigued for a number of reasons, which I’ll divulge herein… And before … Read More The Anatomy of a Little Black Dress
NOTE: Many of the Artist Images used in this blog post are credited to the artist, and clicking the image will transport you to their website or contact points such as Flickr, Facebook, Etsy or Pinterest – explore with wonder!!! Let’s get intellectual – shall we, Dears? Many of my readers have commented on how much they learn when they read my blog, and … Read More The More You Know – Repaints
“This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is … Read More No…The Dress Isn’t Cerulean.
I love suits. A well-tailored suit is like a magnificent jigsaw puzzle. The pieces of the pattern create a beautifully complicated and horrifically precise portrait of technique, imagination and style. Those who can craft them in 1:6 scale deserve parades in their honor, because it is quite the task just to make a jacket, period – in miniature, wondrous – but in Barbie size? Nobility. … Read More The Anatomy of a Doll Suit
Many designers have a distinctive vision. They can clearly see a design in their head, render it to a reference sketch, and execute it beautifully. And then there’s me… I think that’s one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to cohesive design – although I can see the vision clearly in my head…I do allow it to run its own course, evolving as … Read More Couture With a Mind of Its Own…
With great power comes great responsibility – or so they say. People close to me know that I am very attached to my family. As a single gay man who just hit 50 in 2014, I don’t have children of my own – so I live vicariously through my brother’s and sister’s children, and now, their children, too. My eldest niece, Elizabeth, is very … Read More Using My Powers For Good
Welcome to the opening inspirations surrounding the design process for Tommydoll’s First Couture Collection – debuting Winter/Spring 2015 – I am working on 15-20 pieces – and will have more information of the debut of this collection via the Couture Illustrated website soon. Well…I’m not going to share the full works in progress – but I am going to document the collection process here. I … Read More 2015 Fabric Studies…