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.

Sybarite Atelier Extreme Edition Couture outfits

What better way to celebrate Paris Couture week than a bunch of extra limited Atelier Extreme Edition Couture outfits by Superfrock? Most of them - if not all - are already sold out! The site mentions that photograph colours are 99.9 percent true to actual colour and to please bear in mind your monitor may be set differently. Also it stresses that photographs are  actual descriptions, as there are no description texts on site. Items are sold with no cancellation or refund accepted. All pieces are ready to ship. Dolls are not included. This sale is for gowns only. 

BLUE RAJA

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In stock and ready to be delivered (at time of writing the post)

Price: £480.00 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

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The only big gown of the line up, it looks majestic, like something the Queen Of The Night would wear in the Mozart opera The Magic Flute. The turban gives me a New Orleans vibe. I wonder what the shoes look like.

 

CRYSTAL CRUNCH

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 OUT OF STOCK

Price: £300.00 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

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Beautiful shorter two-layer dress with 50s vibes. Lots of embroidery on top of the flower pattern. The absence of colour helps in keeping it from going into kitcsh overdrive.

GILT MILK

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OUT OF STOCK

Price: £600.00(Excluding VAT at 20%)

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What a Couture day outfit looks like, this is my favourite from the collection. Gorgeous suit, great accessories and perfect styling. 

 

GOLDEN IRIS

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In stock and ready to be delivered (in time of writing the article)

Price: £440.00 (Excluding VAT at 20%)

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Metallic trench coats appear regularly in most fashion doll collections, regardless of era or size. This one comes over a sheer embroidered form fitting dress that makes it really stand out. 

LORHI

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 OUT OF STOCK

Price: £400.00(Excluding VAT at 20%)

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Another sheer embroidered dress, this time in mermaid shape and fiery red colour. The capelet looks a bit odd combined with it, like it was an afterthought.

JAMIEshow 2017 convention in Chicago: East Meets West!

The weekend of 23-25 June was the one when this year's JAMIEshow Convention took place in Chicago. The theme was East Meets West, so Gene and friends got to dress up in Japanese inspired outfits, as they are supposed to be making a spy film named Red Lotus, that takes place there. A new character appeared, named Luna Li, a former model and now movie star in Japan. Madra is there of course, trying to steal the spotlight as always, while Trent was in Japanese clothes but in a grey version, matching the famous Lady Grey Gene. There was another gorgeous new doll presented, Ling Lang, as well as some impressive outfits, ranging from $75 to $120. Let's check them out.

Ling Lang Black Dragon

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This is the most beautiful doll from the convention. Face, hair, outfit, all perfect. The embroidered back is stunning. Just a reminder here that all dolls are resin dolls. Prices ranged from $500 to $600. 

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Luna Li, convention souvenir doll 

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Beautiful doll and I love her kimono. It reminds me a bit of the one worn by the very first Kyori Sato doll from Integrity Toys. Black kimonos always stand out because they are not seen so often.

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Gene Marshall

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I think I'd prefer her in a long skirt for this style. The bangs in her hairstyle is something I could do without. The jacket is stunning.

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Madra Lord

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Gorgeous looking doll. I love the mask, it gives her that extra evil mysterious look. Her wig cap is perfect and her outfit reminds me of a Dior by Galliano look from way back. The pearls of the earrings are jarringly big. Would have liked them more delicate.

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Trent Osborne 

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Amazing looking doll. That outfit rocks. I'd love it for an Asian male doll (which is so rare in 1/4 scale) to compliment my Memoirs of a Geisha dolls. I bet people that have Grey Lady Gene would love to have him stand right beside her.

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Below are the outfits available at the convention, shown on Ginnie. The quality and craftsmanship stands out. My favourite is the sleeveless black and print long take on the qipao below. For availability of any remaining dolls and outfits from the convention check the JAMIEshow website. Bravo JAMIEshow for another fantastic convention collection.

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All photos courtesy of JAMIEshow dolls, used by permission.

Integrity Toys convention 2015: Cinematic Part I: Welcoming cocktail and early registration

October is the month that Integrity Toys organises their convention every year, each time drawing a larger crowd. This year was no exception. It was held in Long Beach, California and produce a large number of dolls, all inspired or influenced a bit by this year's theme, Cinematic - Hollywood films and stars. The following posts will provide details and official photos of the dolls that were available in the convention.



Let's start with Wednesday and the early-bird welcoming cocktail. This was a first in the convention - a doll was available for the early bird registered attendees at the 20th anniversary cocktail that was given to celebrate. The staff of Integrity Toys was on hand to chat with guests. The price of the welcome cocktail ticket included a complimentary drink and the choice between one of either of two ITBE dolls. Guess which doll everyone wanted (but did not get).

Item # 15049
High Frequency
Welcome Cocktail Dressed Doll A
The ITBE Collection
Limited Edition of 215 Dolls


Everyone of course wanted the Eden/Lilith sculpt but there were only 215 of them so the rest had to make do with the other doll available. I have no information about the body these dolls have but I'm guessing it is the new Nu Face one.


Item # 15051
Heart Stopper
Welcome Cocktail Dressed Doll B
The ITBE Collection
Limited Edition of 215 Dolls


This one has the Natalia 1.0 sculpt which looks amazing. I much prefer this one than doll A.


As guests picked up their registration goodies, they each received a little black box that featured a complimentary issue of Haute Doll magazine, a free gift from Azone (an FR Nippon miniature tote if I remember correctly), their badge holder and a Fashion Royalty outfit sized to fit the FR2013 body and created as a companion piece to the Agnes Von Weiss mini gift set offered in the convention collection. The doll that is wearing it in the photo is the convention collection Agnes - more about her in the next post.

Item # 91379
On Set Welcome Bag Giveaway
Fashion Cinematic: The 2015 Integrity Toys Convention Collection
Limited Edition of 600 Fashion


Lovely outfit, very 30s Hollywood (Adrian style) and with beautiful jewellery. It should have had a jewelled clutch to finish it off perfectly.


Note: The dolls and outfits are prototypes and final versions may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2015 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.

IFDC 2015: JAMIEshow releases - Lori Lyon for JAMIEshow

Lori Lyon is the person behind Madeleine Rose Couture, making one of a kind outfits for fashion dolls. Her work has been featured in most fashion doll magazines and collectors from all over the world seek out her unique creations. She also has a blog where she writes about her creative process. She collaborated with JAMIEshow for an exclusive collection featuring five ensembles in a limited edition for 16" dolls. The designs look great, even though the patterned fabrics are not always to my taste, and the detailing looks fantastic. The chantilly lace sheath, the pink ensemble and the white gown look best.

SOPHISTICATED DRESS & COAT
Designed by Lori Lyon of Madeleine Rose Couture Specifically for JAMIEshow. 
Ltd. Edition 20
$175.00
Doll not included.
Pre Order - August Delivery
Can be worn by any JAMIEshow Dolls, including Gene Collection.  Will also fit IT 16" Dolls and Numina.


Sophisticate- Pink gaberdine sleeveless dress with midriff band and black ribbon band with bow at waist.  Matching coat with band collar and pockets, black button detail. Fully lined in silk habotai, dress has zipper back closure.


SASSY DRESS
Designed by Lori Lyon of Madeleine Rose Couture Specifically for JAMIEshow.  
Ltd. Edition 10
$150.00
Doll not included.
Pre Order - August Delivery
Can be worn by any JAMIEshow Dolls, including Gene Collection.  Will also fit IT 16" Dolls and Numina.  


Sassy- Black embroidered mesh day dress with surplice neckline and full scallop hemline skirt. Lined in black mesh with zipper back closure and faux tie accent.


EXUBERANCE DRESS
Designed by Lori Lyon of Madeleine Rose Couture Specifically for JAMIEshow.  
Ltd. Edition 10
$225.00
Doll not included.
Pre Order August Delivery
Can be worn by any JAMIEshow Dolls, including Gene Collection.  Will also fit IT 16" Dolls and Numina.


Exuberance- ivory silk dupioni strapless gown, full skirted with high/low hemline.  Trimmed with beautiful black Venice lace and black satin ribbon tie. Partially lined with finished seams, underneath is a full black tulle petticoat.


CHANTILLY DRESS
Designed by Lori Lyon of Madeleine Rose Couture Specifically for JAMIEshow. 
Ltd. Edition 10
$225.00
Doll not included.
Pre Order - August Delivery
Can be worn by any JAMIEshow Dolls, including Gene Collection.  Will also fit IT 16" Dolls and Numina.  


Chantilly- Ivory silk dupioni sheath dress with black lace overlay has spaghetti straps and is fully lined in silk habotai. Zipper back closure.  Black silk chiffon tie is banded under bust to tie in a bow at back


COQUETTE DRESS
Designed by Lori Lyon of Madeleine Rose Couture Specifically for JAMIEshow.  
Ltd. Edition 20
$175.00
Doll not included.
Pre Order - August Delivery
Can be worn by any JAMIEshow Dolls, including Gene Collection.  Will also fit IT 16" Dolls and Numina.  


Coquette- Pink silk taffeta with black lace overlay, V-neck with cap sleeves and ribbon detail trim with bows and Swarovski crystal accent. Lined in silk habotai with zipper back closure.


All photos by JAMIEshow