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Happy New Year to you all! We are excited about entering our second decade of Fashion Doll Quarterly. All of your support and interest has been very gratifying and we look forward to your feedback and interest in the future.
The theme behind this issue is “Mystery”. The unknown, the obscure and the odd factoids that make us say, “I did not know that!” There are, of course, endless mysteries about dolls. Where did they come from, who made them for mass consumption first, where are they going in the future? Hard to answer them all, certainly; but our intrepid contributors do put forth quite a few interesting features.
First, of course, is who is the girl on the cover? It is my personal pleasure to be the first to exclusively introduce Kingdom Doll and their premiere dolls, “Nelson”, and our cover girl “Brighton”, using the Novantae sculpt. This company is the brainchild of our own Creative Director Alexandra Forbes, and Fashion Writer Amanda Arnold. These two British subjects have brought their love of country, beauty and fashion to the forefront with this exciting new line. This collection was developed in less than a year, and there are already multiple sculpts and lots and lots of magnificent fashions planned for these 16-inch resin ladies.
This is the doll I personally have been waiting for. These mannequins are lovely in a realistic, fashion-forward way. They are not over the top, nor are they trying to be “edgy” (the most overused word in the vocabulary of fashion). They are gorgeous, but timeless, and speak to the esthetic of modern fashion and style. And the details! A perfectly knit sweater (or “jumper” as the ladies would say), amazingly crafted shoes, perfect props like a working umbrella, and sublime wigs by Ilaria and face-up by James Mitchell. Kingdom Doll went to the best to bring you the best, and we guarantee you will be delighted when these divine creatures come to your door.
In addition to the Kingdom Doll debut, we also have fun features on PetWORKS latest addition, ruruko, stunning Barbie rarities from the collection of Patrick McGovern, fun with the game CLUE, and a look at Lorafina, a charming– but short-lived– fashion doll. We also have fun with the dolls we know so well, as Poppy Parker takes off on international adventures, brought to you by Denise Jefferson. We re-imagine some of your favorite dolls as famous detectives, with photography by Terri Gold. And Glenn Mielke has fun with some vintage ladies, all dressed in mysterious black.
READ MORE IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF FASHION DOLL QUARTERLY!
On the cover: Kingdom Doll’s latest doll, “Brighton”, uses the Novantae sculpt, photographed exclusively for FDQ by Alexandra Forbes.
CORRECTION: IN OUR Winter 2013 issue, the byline for Sylvia Campbell’s atelier was left off. The photographer is Matthew Sky.