Welcome to Fashion Doll Stylist! Your fashion doll collection is about to get a little more interesting!
There are countless blogs and websites all to dedicated to making clothes for Barbie. Trouble is, most of the clothing rarely goes beyond the juvenile styles one makes to satisfy the tastes the children in our lives: prom or princess frocks, sparkly party dresses, beachwear. I wanted something different. Something reflecting adult tastes like....suits, sheath dresses, fur coats, uncomplicated trends reflecting modern tastes.
Three years later, my "collection" began with Mattel's "Barbie Basics" Black Label Edition. Though I never cared for Barbie, I could not resist these fashion forward dolls. They have small heads, long, leggy fashion proportions, a variety of expressions and hold haughty, in-your-face poses with attitude. True fashion icons, they don't bend, they don't sit, they simply....strike a pose!!!! Their little black dresses were contemporary, uber chic and very well made particular in light of their $20 USD pricetag. I put them on my chest of drawers, adding a bit of jewelry as decoration at first.
As my collection began to increase, the presence of the dolls seem to scream for more. Hence, I had the idea to create clothing which more closely reflects a real modern day fashionista. I began to take pictures of the dolls but from the angle of photographing them as living, breathing models. For that I realized that everything, from the fabric to the garment silhouettes must respect their 11.5" proportions. I began to experiment with fabric, basic patterns, accessories and even the way I photograph the dolls.The entries on this blog are intended to help the collector get the most enjoyment out of their collection by showing them off in most glamorous light.