Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fashion Dolls – Do You Want the Dolls? Or Do You Actually Want the Fashion?

Along the road of doll collection, I have been lucky enough to get my hands on different kinds of dolls. Because of that, my collection focus has been shifting from one to another from time to time. I am sure I am not the only one who is experiencing these changes. However, what are the real factors that keep us continue collecting and changing focus? Would it be the touch of the doll, the styling, the factory paint, or even the smell of them? Or, have you ever think of your actual desire is the accessories and outfits that come with them?

A Whole New World:
About 3 years ago, an overseas friend of mine (known as SOS in doll boards) was dragged into this dolly world by his overseas friend by incident. He went to Singapore and stayed with a friend for 3 days. During his stay with his friend, he saw his friend’s doll collection and flipped through his doll magazines. His horizon was broadened and was fascinated by the glamorous world of fashion dolls. The images of Fashion Doll has strongly imprinted in his mind. He had no idea what fashion doll was all about before then. However, in less than 3 years’ time, his fashion doll collection could level with his Singaporean friend’s. He told me that his friend’s collection focus has been shifting from one to another - in another word, the collection category is broad. However, in his own case, he focused on collecting Fashion Royalty series, especially on those Voyage collections, which featured the glamorous golden era of Hollywood. After his return to his hometown, he keeps observing various seamstresses works and consulting them humblely with his queries.

Twist of Fate:
About a year ago, he began his new dolly adventure by making couture for his Fashion Royalty girls. His first attempt was already a bold attempt to copy the Dior Spring/summer 2007 collection. Obviously, he is not only a good observer but also a fast learner with analytical mind and sharp eyes. He sewed thousands of beads on the dresses by himself. The result was actually overwhelming to someone who has never made any dresses in his life before. Since then, his collection path has changed – his friend is still collecting dolls, and he has stopped buying any but making cloths for his dolls instead. The Christian Dior Project

Challenges to One’s Talent:
He has cut off his own pursuit of luxury brand name goods, CDs and traveling, which he enjoys so much. He would rather stay home after work or during the weekends, and work on the couture now. He said his eyes sting and his fingers hurt by sewing hours after hours. However, he is delighted in finally knowing that his real passion is not collecting dolls but challenging himself in making gorgeous couture. “Challenge” is surely the accurate word. Why? He does not even have a sewing machine at all! He is sewing every single inch by hand. What’s more, he is not working on simple straight line cutting pieces but complicated pattern, bias and asymmetric pattern ones. Now he is focusing on making fashion for 16” girls.

The New Direction of One's Talent Challenge