Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Best Hollywood Dolls of 2008

Joan Crawford put us in a Hollywood mood, the Oscars® are just around the corner, so what better than an awards ceremony? Charlino from the Vikisfinds Yahoo forum, which is about artistic dolls and OOAK dolls, gives us the equivalent of Oscars for the dolls that are made to resemble Hollywood stars. There are many artists out there that painstakingly recreate the likenesses of film stars on their favourite dolls, some with amazing success.And although doll companies do produce dolls authorized to look like actors from certain films or series, there is no comparison with a well painted OOAK doll. So go vote at the website created just for this - no registration needed. Just look at the many dolls nominated (the list is longer than the Oscars!) and cast your ballot! Below you can see a selection of the nominees - there are many more equally beautiful on the website, so go go go!!!

The brilliant Carrie Fischer as Princess Leia repaint by Laurie Leigh

The exquisite Joker - Heath Ledger, by Kmiro Creations

An amazing Angelina Jolie by Kristen

Rebecca Romijn by Isabella

Daniel Craig by Noel Cruz, whose doll, Deborah Kerr won last year.

Angelina Jolie must be the most popular star to make - here is another one by Noel Cruz.

All photos courtesy of the respective artists and/or their owners.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Joan Crawford in black and white

The stars of the 30s and 40s were mainly photographed in black and white dramatic portraits. Below, you can see some of my attempts to capture the Old Hollywood glamour of the Tonner Joan Crawford doll in this way. I hope you like them.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Joan Crawford: a formidable doll by Tonner

Tonner Dolls has been expanding their doll line rapidly over the last years, incorporating new face molds (and new bodies lately) into their wide range. So it was inevitable that, with the love Robert Tonner holds for Old Hollywood, that famous stars of the past would find their way amidst their other film lines. The first glamorous Hollywood star to receive the Tonner treatment is none other than the magnificent Joan Crawford. A natural choice, both for her star quotient, interesting face and promising original outfits, most of which were designed by the genius designer of Hollywood glamour Adrian.

Basic 2008 Joan Crawford (Ready for Wardrobe is the moniker of the doll) arrived promptly for her photo shoot, with all the airs and fuss a diva of this magnitude commands. The turquoise box reminded me of the Integrity Gene ones, to which of course this doll is in direct competition: they belong to the same era, would be antagonists in real - life Hollywood and will be vying to share the spotlight in doll collectors' shelves. But how does Joan look and feel?

The doll bears an uncanny resemblance to the real star: her face is exquisitely sculpted to match Joan's characteristics, looking very much like her younger self in her earlier career in the 30s and early 40s. This incarnation of the doll has brunette hair, gathered at the back and cascading in big curls. Her eye make up could have been a bit more pronounced in my opinion (as the stars of the era did wear it heavy-handed) but she still is pretty much Joan. One basic problem: one of her fiery red painted nails had colour bleeding from it onto the finger, a thing that I have never seen before in a Tonner doll.

She comes dressed in a lovely turquoise charmeuse slip trimmed with black lace, hosiery with attached panties, and lovely black Mary Janes (see below). I think they should have included a long flowing matching robe, giving her a more diva feel - being basic does not mean she is a lesser star. Also the slip is a bit too short for her to pose sitting without showing too much for that era. I am sure they were wearing longer slips back then. She does not have any jewellery either. She has the standard Tyler body, which means that her silhouette might look a bit more modern than it should, although that can be corrected with careful tailoring of the outfits. The overall feel though is very nice.

So what should she wear? I knew she would be itching to get out of her slip as soon as she came her, so a lovely gown was waiting for her to put on. The Jungle Red outfit from the Joan Crawford Tonner collection took my breath away from the publicity shots: the cut, colouring and tailoring seemed ideal for a Hollywood diva. So here she is, basking in it's beauty:

The gown is a full length, pleated chiffon dress with intricate shirred detail and striking red and white contrast, paired with a coordinated beaded bracelet and faux leather open-toe red strappy heels. She would want a pair of diamond earrings to go with it too, but more of that later. Fortunately the dress comes with an attached white slip under it so that the bright red fabric does not stain the doll. The bodice is also lined in white.

It was a treat photographing her in various poses in this particular outfit: the fabric and pleating offer many possibilities and make her look even more glamorous and breathtaking, the true diva she is. A great addition to the collection of any Hollywood fan doll collector.

"So, what about those diamonds?" I heard her say, becoming more impatient with every camera click. So I dug out the set Franklin Mint's Marilyn Monroe was wearing in "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" with her red outfit and put them on her - the diamonds and rubies match the white and red gown perfectly (see below). Joan in satiated - for now... wait till she sees what the other ladies are wearing around here...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Michael Williams does it again with Jonathan Adler!

Remember the brilliant sets Michael Williams had done inspired by Jonathan Adler's designs? He has been at it again, this time for Haute Doll magazine's May/June 2009 issue. I am honoured to present his take on the cover of Adler's book "My Prescription for Anti-Depressant Living".

In his flickr albums, check the "Barbie Loves Jonathan Adler" album for more - Michael does amazing work! And check the news:

Jonathan Adler Loves Barbie – For Grownups: Barbie’s fabled Malibu Dream House becomes a reality, thanks to famed interior designer Jonathan Adler. Style and design décor enthusiasts who want a slice of Adler’s “happy chic” style and Barbie doll’s Malibu mystique will be able to get the look at home with a capsule collection of “Jonathan Adler Loves Barbie” décor pieces, including designer pottery, pillows, decorative objects and more – available at one of Adler’s nine stores or on his website. Additionally, Jonathan Adler and Barbie will partner on an ultra stylish Barbie Collector doll, which comes with coordinating doll-size furniture (of course!). These chic creations will hit retail shelves in the U.S. in September 2009.