Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hollywood Canteen Report, Pt. 2



The highlight of the Hollywood Canteen was the dinner and reveal of the Convention dolls. George and Tim were dressed appropriately for the theme:



The 1944 film "Hollywood Canteen" starring Jack Benny and Bette Davis was playing in the background:



A definite bonus for the Convention was being able to meet the people that brought Gene to life and have kept her going so strong, including Mel Odom himself:



Mike Basala of Studio Commissary and Randy Simmons:



Designers extraordinaire Lynne Day and Diane Wagner:



I had the great fortune of being able to sit next to Diane at dinner; it was so nice to be able to meet her in person after having bought so many Gene outfits from her! Best of all, she was just as nice as I'd imagined she'd be. Table gifts were generously laid out at each plate. My convention newbie-self was woefully unprepared; I will have to make up for it at Sandra's Convention!



Up at the podium display there was a golden-clad Gene and Trent, waiting to be auctioned off:



Mel took a moment to pose Gene to perfection:



Closeups of the duo:





It was wonderful to hear Mel speak about his creation, Gene Marshall:



As most know by now, the Convention doll reveals were Marsha Hunt and Cary, a new Jamieshow male inspired by Cary Grant.



Mel proudly posing with Marsha:



My report finishes out with shots of the rest of the Hollywood Canteen collection, beginning with Trent:



I really wasn't planning on getting another Trent, but the highly detailed outfit was not something I could resist. George had told me that the medals were all custom created, just as the daisy buttons for Madra were:



Ivy:



Two Violets; which color do you prefer?



Oona:



Zita Charles:



Last, but certainly not least, is the newest Gene Marshall. I could not believe how beautiful the doll AND outfit were. This one was a complete winner for me, rivaling J'Adore:





That just about covers the highlights of my first Convention. Will I see all of you at Sandra Stillwell's New Orleans Convention in August?

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hollywood Canteen Report, Pt. 1



After all these years, I was finally able to attend my first Gene Marshall Convention. Held at the Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago, Jamieshow's Hollywood Canteen was a blast...that also blasted out everyone's wallets! So many cool things to see (and purchase).



A view of this renovated historic hotel during the day:



The hotel was conveniently located on Michigan Avenue (aka the Miracle Mile of shopping). My room was spacious and perfectly appointed.



One of the first sites that greeted attenders was this amazingly detailed diorama of the Hollywood Canteen.



Most of Gene's friends were represented including Ivy Jordan:



Marlena, spinning the wheel for the boys:



...and even a few sailors!



As we waited in our seats to watch a documentary on actress and activist Marsha Hunt, George quietly walked through the audience with a brilliant orange-clad Violet Waters convention doll.



Before this wonderful documentary began to roll, Mel got up to speak a bit about Marsha, who is a very dear friend of his.



I knew very little about Hunt before seeing this movie, but have to say that I gained a deep respect for her. Besides her acting talents, she has spent her life standing up for truth and human rights, especially during a time when speaking out was not very popular.



It was fantastic to see some of the OOAK creations that were on display that night:





These two gowns caused audible gasps from passersby:





More to come with part 2!

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tonner and the Lost BBQ



I can't say I've been enchanted by the "Lost Costume" sub series that Tonner Dolls have created for their "Gone With the Wind" line, but when I saw "The Lost Barbecue," my feelings changed. Based on the watercolor sketch created by costume designer Walter Plunkett, this outfit never made it to the screen. It is an interesting alternative to the BBQ dress that Vivien Leigh ended up wearing in the final movie.

Tonner has done a great job of staying faithful to the original sketch with both the outfit and the hairstyle.



Of course I have a few gripes. It would have been amazing if Tonner had made the dark green border pattern at the hem of the dress out of velvet instead of part of the print.



It also would have been nice if scale had been paid a bit more attention when creating the velvet waist sash, which seems a bit large for the doll.



One will find the usual amount of sloppy construction techniques with this doll, such as the bow for the hat. Sadly, I have just taken this as the norm for Tonner dolls.



Still, overall this one is a win for me.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Black Lipstick and Gray Lady



I have admired the photos I've seen of the custom outfits made for the original vinyl gray lady. When I received Black Lipstick, I thought she needed something special as well. Diane Wagner is my go-to gal when it comes to creating outfits that are timeless and tailored perfectly. With a Wayne Nilson dress for inspiration, I asked Diane to change it up a bit by making the skirt black and changing the color of the trim as well.



I could not have been more pleased with the results. Hairstyles by Kathy Johnson, my go-to gal for the best in 'dos!



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Sunday, November 22, 2015

USO at the Hollywood Canteen



In celebration of the upcoming Jamieshow Hollywood Canteen Convention in Chicago, I finally got Ashton Drake's USO outfit and had J'Adore try it on. Hairstyles by none other than the talented Kathy Johnson.



This highly detailed Doug James outfit is a beauty, and comes with the microphone shown in the photos. The original doll that came with this outfit also had auburn hair. The trunk was sold separately.



For more information and registration, visit the 2016 Hollywood Canteen Convention site.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gene for the Holidays



Just in time for the Holidays, George & Mel have released the latest resin Jamieshow Gene Marshall titled "Holiday Hostess."

I am digging her face paint; absolutely beautiful!



And how about this beautiful case and accessories? I see plenty of photo opportunities for the stool and vanity set.



With a limited edition of 125, this one will sell out quickly.



To get your own Holiday Hostess before she sells out, visit the Jamieshow site.

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