The London Fashion Doll Festival 2019 was amazing - and I was there to experience it!

My second ever fashion doll convention, the London Fashion Doll Festival 2019, was held on the weekend of 8-9 June in London, at the lovely V&A Museum Of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London. I had promised the organisers that I’d join them in this second time of the convention being held, so there I was! The event took place over two days in the Summerly Room Of The museum, plus an adjoining smaller room for the workshop. 

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London

The Summerly Room

The Summerly Room

A banner at the convention area

A banner at the convention area

Everyone registered upon entry, with an easy scan of our ticket. We were given our goody bags according to our registration level (with or without the exclusive Superdoll convention doll). As I found out, the bag had loads of lovely gifts!  Check them out below.

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The tables were set for eight persons and mine was named Carnaby Girl. I had the honour of being in the same table with Desmond Lingard (from Superdoll), Izzy Parker with her husband Ian, Christina Paul (who runs the Doll Club Of Great Britain website) and of course, from the organisers, Simon Farnworth, his husband Carl and Kim London. What an amazing company to be with! The tables had a folder with two lovely sketches inside by Navdeep Sikand, creator of the lovely Anouk dolls...

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...who also offered ten of them for centerpieces on each table! They were raffled off to the attendees near the end of the day, Izzy won ours. The dress and bags are made by Ineke Hintz. The gorgeous base was given along with the doll. If enough requests are made, LFDF will be able to have some for sale. 

Our centerpiece doll! There were blonde and raven versions of the doll.

Our centerpiece doll! There were blonde and raven versions of the doll.

Everyone else at the table got a small gift as well - i won the miniature chess you see below in the round box. I was lucky enough to receive some lovely gifts from my table mates too - Kim gave me the tea set (donated by her), Carl the amazing jewellery set (by Alla Dolgaleva Rapoport), Sofia the miniature Barbies and the wonderful Thomas Bartholomew Maffei, who came all the way from the USA, gave me the Sparkle Girl outfits!

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Izzy had a gorgeous doll with her, the fantastic Glory resin Sybarite from the Los Angeles Convention earlier this year (above) , while Desmond had with him the 12” House Of Zenith Avenue, introduced earlier this year. She’s not wearing her original fashion and looked better IRL than in photos I had seen (below).

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Soon enough, it was time for the workshops to begin. I had registered for both, so my schedule was full! First one was the Face Up workshop by Claudio Coronado, who was introduced by Simon Farnworth. 

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Claudio was very thorough in showing us the steps in how to begin painting a doll’s face. A slideshow helped him show the detailed work he does. 

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We got a great list of all the steps to follow when painting a doll face and helped us understand it is no easy task. Which is why you see the “before” photo of the doll head I had to paint, but not the “after”! 

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The artist at work. This magnifying glass type is perfect for detailed work, I must get one.

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After the end of the workshop, I had the chance to photograph the dolls on display. The Carnaby themed set up was beautiful.

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The items that were going to be raffled off the next day, to support a great cause, the Children With Cancer UK charity, we’re also on display. See the slideshow below. I should also mention that there is an ebay auction with exclusive OOAK creations (dolls or outfits) for LFDF 2019, to benefit the same charity, that ends on the 22nd of June 2019, so go to this link to check the offerings and bid!

If you love Sybarites, you know Desmond is an incredibly talented photographer as well. Some of his magnificent prints were on display and for sale.

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There was a small exhibition of 60s dolls as well, check them out below in the slideshow.

Emperis Dolls had a beautiful display as well and I got to meet the lovely Marcus and William who make them. They had both their new 12” dolls and their 16” ones on display and for sale. Some amazing OOAK dolls were there too, check out Cher in the slideshow below. The guys told me they almost sold out during the day.

Then it was time for the second workshop of the day: Sofia Kalaitzidi from Microsonik London showed us how to make a flower wig. These were very popular during the 60s in editorials and covers of fashion magazines. Elizabeth Taylor and members of the British Royal family were sporting them often in events.

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Here are the materials Sofia gave us for the wig plus a prepared base for us to work on.

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I managed to go as far as you can see below during the workshop (I’m hopeless with a needle). Some just threaded the larger flowers through the base as they had long wire stems, so no sewing needed, but I wanted a more delicate effect. Will try and finish it home!

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And here I am next to the lovely Francesco from Fred-Dolls at the workshop - we had so much fun!

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After the workshop ended, it was time for afternoon tea! A proper British tea, with everything necessary - tea, scones, clotted cream, jam, milk, sandwiches, sugar, macaroons and other treats! It was delectable.

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During tea time, members of the organising team (l to r: dear Ismail, Simon and Claudio) presented the people dressed in sixties or sixties inspired clothes.

The t-shirts worn by the organisers ate the official convention shirt and all attendees got one!

The t-shirts worn by the organisers ate the official convention shirt and all attendees got one!

there were eight of them, all lovely and dapper in mod outfits…

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…and the winner was Olga, who was the most popular - people voted for their favourite contestant by giving them their raffle ticket!

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Near the end of the day, it was time for the most anticipated reveal: Desmond unveiled the exclusive convention Sybarite doll!

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Her name is Dejah and she is the last Generation X Sybarite doll to be released! The edition is 30 dolls and there are two more available at the LFDF site - hurry up!

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You can see my doll below, as I opened the box right after the presentation. The last photo is the official one from Superdoll. She’s like a Motown singer from a girl group the 60s or a Northern Soul singer on a tour in Britain in the late 60s..

And here I am with dear Desmond - this one is for you Shazam Paname! Charles was in China, supervising doll production in the factory.

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This was the first day of the London Fashion Doll Festival, full of wonderful people sharing our doll passion, making beautiful memories and seeing so many gorgeous dolls. Next up, the Salesroom day.

Pidgin Doll Spring 2019 collection is unveiled!

The Pidgin dolls are created by the extremely talented and wonderful Joshua David McKenney, an artist, sculptor, doll-maker extraordinaire and fashion illustrator. He just released the Spring 2019 collection of Pidgin Doll and here they are in all their glory. (Availability according to the Pidgin website at time of posting). The dolls are 16, all one of a kind and are ball-jointed 1:4 scale, made in resin. You can find their exact measurements in their website. That’s where you can buy them as well. The ones left available of course!

 

Pidgin Doll "Hestia" - available 

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One-of-a-kind “powder pink” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset brown eyes

  • Baby pink synthetic mohair wig

  • Gold and pink “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet only

  • Silver “Power Flower” stiletto shoes

$1,200 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Elinda" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “light mocha” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset green eyes

  • Silver blond synthetic mohair wig

  • Peach tulle “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Nyx" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Obsidian” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset green eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink and gold “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + Flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,200 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Andromeda" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset heterochromatic eyes (one brown eye + one green eye)

  • Silver blond synthetic mohair wig

  • Peach tulle “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,200 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Blanche" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full Set includes:

  • Inset brown eyes

  • Pale lavender synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink brocade “Maxi” gown

  • Pearlized “snow crown”

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,100 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Bernadette" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset amber eyes

  • Double “stacked” red synthetic mohair wig.

  • Green brocade “Maxi” gown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,100 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Vivienne" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “cocoa” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset amber eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink brocade “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,100 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Chloe" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full Set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes with brown flecks

  • Baby pink synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink brocade “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Colette" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “light mocha” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset green eyes

  • Blond synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink & gold “Bow Mini” dress

  • Baby pink faux fur jacket

  • White kitten heel shoes

$950USD + shipping (Full Set)

$710 USD + shipping (Doll + Faceup)

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Pidgin Doll "Samantha" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig with micro bangs

  • Pink & gold “Bow Mini” dress

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White “Power Flower” stiletto shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Marianne" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “light mocha” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes with brown flecks

  • Long black synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink & gold “Bow Mini” dress

  • Black faux fur jacket

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Ginger" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Cocoa” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset green eyes

  • Handmade indigo blue saran wig

  • Pink & gold “Bow Mini” dress

  • Baby pink faux fur jacket

  • Baby pink stockings

  • Silver ballet flats

$970USD + shipping (Full Set)

$710 USD + shipping (Doll + Faceup)

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Pidgin Doll "Veronique" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Light Mocha” resin. Full Set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Holographic “Bubble” dress

  • Jewelry as shown (includes pierced ears)

  • White ankle socks

  • White kitten heel shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Amber" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Milk White” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset brown eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink and black circle glasses

  • Holographic “Bubble” dress

  • Baby pink faux fur jacket

  • Baby pink stockings

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$950USD + shipping (Full Set)

$710 USD + shipping (Doll + Faceup)

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Pidgin Doll "Mixi" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Light Mocha” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Hot pink heart glasses

  • Holographic bubble” dress

  • Black faux fur coat

  • Black fishnet stockings

  • Black kitten heel shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Jasmine" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Light Mocha” resin. Full Set includes:

  • Inset brown eyes

  • “Wheat blonde” synthetic mohair wig

  • Holographic “Bubble” dress

  • Blue stockings

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White “Power Flower” stiletto shoes

$950USD + shipping (Full Set)

$710 USD + shipping (Doll + Faceup)

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All photography courtesy of Pidgin Doll and Joshua David McKenney 

Hand me the Envelope please - the latest Sybarite is sold out!

This Valentine’s Superdoll London doll is the beautiful Envelope, a brilliant take on a geisha, in her white kimono, towering hair and intricate details. She’s already sold out I’m afraid, but you can enjoy her in the photos from Superdoll below, as well as the site description.

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ENVELOPE DD-0156

Anyone here for the opening of Envelope?

VENUS strolled through a sea of paper cranes singing to herself: "its a nice day for a white wedding....".
Her gorgeous oriental styled hair is just a hairs breadth short of a statuesque ikebana. Platinum, but in hair terms its almost white, white. Above the shoulders blunt bob, pulled up into a top bun and side bunches; with long paper like sideburns and a blunt slightly curved fringe..
Her gold and teal eyes are rimmed in salmon, rose and soot and her lips of pomelo glossed and glossed again.
Other than her utter delight at the origami cranes, she is delighted by her dragon and peonies brocade 2 part kimono. A whole lot contemporary and a whole lot traditional... just a vision of genius from her favourite designers.
Tucked into her obi, are velvelette laser cut starfish held in place by her gold and purple obi. Her choice of jewellery is a 'silver' bug adorning her obi and finished with a white corded obijime. Ceremoniously she wears a red silk tasselled waist sash.
upon her feet she wears Sock style 2 tooth Geta.
She looked up and smiled at the jucstaposing cranes which reminded her or her organza backpack which indeed is her kimono overcoat.
Venus smiled over her Japanese paper umbrella as the world went by and though....
Happy Birthday to ME!

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Clone: 1000 Venus d'Royce
Skintone: COSMETIQUE
Of course she comes with the following standard accessories:
-manic_cure hands (see booklet for hand change instructions)
-booklet
-stand
Production shown .

OUT OF STOCK

Price: £289.95 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

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The end of an era: Tonner Doll company shuts down

I was expecting to begin the new year with happier news, but unfortunately that is not the case. Robert Tonner announced in an email that Tonner Doll shut down with the end of 2018. Of course it was to be expected, after the restructuring of his business and his focus on Phyn & Aero, which left Tonner Doll only with licensed product, which was obviously not as commercial as it should. Licensing has the fees sucking out most of the profits, and if a company deals only with such a sector, it needs to have mass production and a wide array of product to be sust, something Tonner Doll had not. I’ll always cherish the Tonner dolls I own, and hopefully will acquire some more in the future. From now own, doll collectors will follow his endeavours with his other company, Phyn & Aero. Below is his letter. 

 

 My Dear Friends,


I was lucky enough to start Tonner Doll at a point when it seemed that everyone was collecting, making, buying or selling dolls.  At the same time, the Far East was willing and eager to produce whatever we wanted at a price that couldn’t be beat.    High demand and inexpensive, quality production led to the golden age of collectible dolls and great success for Tonner Doll.

It’s often said that the only thing you can count on is change; I whole heartedly agree with that statement.  I could go on and on about the changes in the collectible doll industry, but in short, the business model that I used to build Tonner Doll is no longer viable or sustainable.  Therefore, Tonner Doll Company (including the Tonner Doll web site, doll hospital, phones and emails) was closed as of December 31, 2018.

However……

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.”
― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

I’m very excited that Phyn & Areo will continue with a brand-new business model, one that addresses some of the changes mentioned above and we will be exploring new ways of doing business.  Through Phyn and Aero, I’ll be working directly with our favorite retailers to create unique and exclusive dolls (look for the first Ellowyne out this Spring).  I will continue to design for and attend events throughout the year (Dollology, Shaker Doll Club, Doll Circle and UFDC to name a few).  At Phyn and Aero I will also continue to develop new product; we’ll be doing small batch, design driven products.  Rayne, a new character with unique (and I mean unique) accessories will debut around Toy Fair.  In addition, I am working on design projects with other companies (I just did a huge amount of work for FAO; that was both a challenge and a delight).  I think it’s going to be a very busy, very exciting 2019!

Over these past 28 years I have had to honor to meet, work with and befriend some of the most wonderful people there are—doll collectors, doll lovers and doll retailers.  I want you to know how deeply I’ve appreciated our journey together—and here’s to a bright, exciting, shiny, new future!
Warmest,

Robert

P.S.  Starting today, please visit our website at  www.phynandaero.com or call us at 845-802-5552.  You can also reach us through info@phynandaero.com

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All photos courtesy of Tonner Doll.  

December to remember - a special invitation by Tonner Doll

Tonner Doll sent out today an invitation for a sale event at Best Western Plus in Kingston, NY, something they have done before. This time though they are clearing house, so they will be selling lots of prototype dolls. Full information in their text, below:

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Dear Friends!


We're inviting YOU to an "Event" quite unlike anything we've ever hosted before!

Here's a bit of what's to come...
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, in just three days...we will send out an email with registration information (and a link) for signing up for this "Once in a Lifetime Opportunity."  Regonline is our hosting site for you to "sign" up as we've done for all our events in the past.  PLEASE NOTE, and READ CAREFULLY HERE, the registration will begin at 12 Noon Eastern time on Thursday, November 15, 2018th.  Once registration is complete (125 people maximum) we will conduct a lottery and assign entrance numbers to everyone.  Once you arrive and check in begins you'll receive your name badge and entry number and line up accordingly.  Ooooh, and the excitement begins!
For what you ask...

As you can see from the "snippets" below through images, we've collected quite an array of items over the years to rival even the most compulsive saver.  BUT we're turning over a new leaf and YOU get an opportunity to "peek into the Bat Cave" and take your pick from...
Never produced samples, assortments of dolls, and bodies, line products, pre-production samples, patterns, wigs, and outfits
Can you say TONS of fabric, swatch bags, trims, flowers, bits, bobs, beads, baubles and more
How about LIFE SIZE Robert Tonner Fashion Line Clothing (with a private tent for trying on)
Costumes from Conventions even, and perhaps holiday decorations
Doll furniture, props, foamboard/posters of your favorite characters, stands, bags, and books 
Puppies, kittens??  Okay, perhaps not...
Other ephemera YOU would never guess we have
When, Where? - The Event will be December 9, 2018, from 10am-2pm at the Best Western Plus in Kingston, New York. (Come on, you've been here before, join us won't you) Entrance is $25.00 AND includes a continental breakfast starting at 9am.  We will be allowing people into the room in groups of 25 for a defined period of time.

WE hope to see you there!

Team Tonner