Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pidgin as Jean

When Michael Basala sent me photos of the Pidgin Decade dolls a few months ago, I was spellbound. I had never really paid much attention to Joshua David McKenney's "brainchild" before, but suddenly I became obsessed with having one for myself. I did my typical web search and found McKenney's Pidgin Doll website and discovered that I could order a custom Pidgin creation; my brain hummed with the possibilities. Looking back again at his Decade Dolls, I decided I wanted a 1930's homage to platinum bombshell Jean Harlow.

Joshua was kind enough to send photos of "Jean" as she progressed, as you can see from the first three shots of this post.

When I received her, I gave her a beautiful marcel wig from Facets Boutique. It was a perfect match!

The gown David had made for "Jean" was based on one that Harlow wore in "Dinner at Eight." He did a superb job!

Throughout the entire process, David was excellent to work with; he took my suggestions very well and communicated with me along the way. If you want a Pidgin doll for yourself, I recommend you do so!

Here's a video David created for me just before "Jean" was shipped to me:

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Monday, October 16, 2017

East Meets West

I wouldn't exactly say that I am "caught up," but I am at least beginning to get around to some long overdue photography, including the East Meets West items I purchased from the Jamieshow convention back in May. Here's the latest Gene Marshall looking slightly Asian in her velvety ensemble.

I also picked up one fashion, which I believe was based on an outfit worn by Wallis Simpson. I'm a sucker for vintage black and white ensembles, especially this one modeled by JS Marsha Hunt:

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Black Calla

Released in 2008, Black Calla was an Integrity Toys release of an outfit that was originally modeled by Madra Lord. I chose to showcase Black Lipstick Gene Marshall instead.

Wearing 3 different wig caps (the second one was styled by the oh-so-talented Kathy Johnson), she looks stunning any way you slice it.

I always thought that Black Calla was a somewhat more stylish version of the Ashton Drake Black Lace fashion, which was inspired by a 1941 Irene Lentz design for Marlene Dietrich.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sandra Stillwell Eternal Style, Part 4

We have reached Saturday night, the final dinner for Sandra Stillwell's Eternal Style event which was a salute to Christian Dior and Yves St. Laurent. The centerpiece was titled "Versailles."

Attendees received "Alla," named after Alla Ilchun, one of the most famous Christian Dior models.

Pre-orders included "Junon," which caused jaws to drop and attendees to gasp. Get a load of that beading!

My very favorite was "Glittering Trapeze," which caused wallets and purses to explode! Wow...this one was a runaway hit.

"M├ętamorphose" was another favorite of mine.

Here are a few shots of my tablemates, beginning with this one of Vera and Larry:

Larry and Wayne:

Kelly, Larry (photobomber!), and Vera:

Lynne and Diane:

I was really fortunate to have such a fun and talented table. It made this year's event a blast. Michael upped the fun factor again as well by challenging attendees to create their own paper doll in an homage to the ones by Yves Saint Laurent featured at the VMFA exhibit. Everyone was given a "naked" doll and crayons, but were allowed to use whatever materials their creative hearts desired. The results were amazing!

1st runner up Holly Goldman's creation:

The lineup of contestants awaiting their prizes:

Helen from California shows off her winning creation:

A tie for First Place between Sandy Hayes and Judy Richardson:

Monsieur Michael returned to dazzle Julia with his predictions!

Huge kudos to Michael for not only making the Convention fun, but for making my behind-the-scenes photography of the fashions such a blast, too.

A shot with the talented Tommy Courtney (aka Tommy Doll):

The Helpers getting ready to bestow more gifts:

For me, the highlight of the evening was watching Michael's excitement as he won the crazy looking Lucille Ball doll during the Helper Raffle. It was love at first site!

Somehow attendees dragged themselves out of bed for Sunday Breakfast. Most likely the draw was the centerpiece titled "Maymont Park":

Pre-orders included two of my favorites "The Richmond Room":

...and "Monument Avenue," named after the controversial street with the Confederate Monuments. I can assure you no tar was thrown at this beautiful suit!

I always enjoy the Inspirations presentation, which shows what inspired the fashions that Sandra tirelessly picked and shopped for fabrics from all over the world. And I do mean all over. Sandra doesn't just go to JoAnn's; she flies to Paris and New York and picks the VERY best!

"Ambassador's Daughter" was inspired by an outfit worn by Olivia DeHavilland in a film of the same name:

Naturally, Sandra received a standing ovation:

Where will Sandra take us next year? Stay tuned!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Sandra Stillwell Eternal Style, Pt. 3

Saturday began with a breakfast presentation of "Models and Muses," with a centerpiece titled "Lasting Impressions." This trio of lovelies sported the same dress but three different colored coats.

The presentation was about some of the models and muses for Christian Dior.

I love the way Madame Bricard thinks!

It was time for Michael to unveil the next table gift...

and it was Mitzah, inspired by Mitzah Bricard (aka Madame Bricard).

In a total "squirrel" moment, here's Tommy Courtney showing off his insanely detailed (in a VERY good way!) version of Red Riding Hood. WOW!

Back to the convention...and another meal...

The centerpiece was "Granville." It was a toss up as to which was a bigger hit; the outfit or the miniature bottle of Dior perfume!

It ain't easy taking a good photo!

Attendees received one of these two outfits, titled "Simone." My fave is the red.

Some of the other outfits available for pre-order included these two favorites of mine: "Talisman":

...and the elegant "C'est Dior":

We were treated to an appearance by Monsieur Michael, Clairvoyant:

His amazing predictions had the audience enthralled.

And so did the Trent doll that was given away as a prize, costumed as Monsieur Michael:

Come back for Part 4, the Grand Finale!

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