Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Re-Imagined Belle from Beauty & The Beast

Working as a package and display designer for LOREAL Cosmetic USA in New York City has taken up most of my free time this year. I wasn't able to attend any doll Conventions last year, but am registered for IFDC this year and hope to have some fashions for sale by July 2012.
My latest muse is the recent Integrity FR2 Vanessa from the WClub's Jetset Convention last Octotber. I wanted to design something fanciful yet elegant for her. I have always loved the classic Disney® heroines and with the fashion trend being golds and yellow as the new Spring neutral I decided to mix the two and see what developed.

Sheer gold embroidered lace was used for the princess shaped bodice.  I used vintage gold colored silk satin for the skirt with a hint of the iconic drape of Belle's Disney dress. The asymmetrical folds meet at a whimsical Victorian cameo depicting a young prince on bended knee before his love. Pale yellow geometric print gloves and Isabelle Leprivey's beaded necklace finish the gown.

I am happy to have been asked to return as Guest Judge for this year's 4th CDDC fashion doll competition. I'll be judging the first challenge:  "Sporty Couture". 
Come visit Couture Doll Design Competition and see the wonderful designers compete.

If you'd like to see my eclectic doll collections visit me on my Flickr page:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Three designs for Competition

Thank you for visiting my doll fashion blog featuring the designs I enter into doll fashion competitions. The reason I enter competitions is that without a deadline I wouldn't sew.  Most are sold or in private collections but please email me at if anything interests you. Enjoy!
My "Dorothy meets the Wiz" entry for Fletcher Pattern Challenge
This outfit was entered in the Fletcher Pattern/Designs by Jude Over The Rainbow Challenge in February 2011.
Pattern used: "So Charming" for Ellowyne Wilde.
My "Over The Rainbow" outfit was created for a 2011 Dorothy to meet the Wizard of Oz.

Bodice was made in turquoise satin.The skirt is in a matching turquoise glittery stretch poly fabric topped with sheer vintage "felted circles" overskirt and belted in green. The dress is fastened in back, corset style with matching blue grommets and finished with a green bow. The entire dress is lined in an orange poly satin. I covered her shoes in contrasting pink with little orange bows.

The oversized hair bow was created with the same sheer felted fabric and decorated with a cascade of rainbow colored pompoms. I finished her look with a  chain necklace in gradating colors. She's now ready for her color filled trip to Oz! (with Toto too!)

I won People's Choice!

Model: Ellowyne Wilde- Red, White & Very Blue
My Vampire Couture entry for Fletcher Pattern Challenge
For the Fletcher Pattern/Designs by Jude Goth Challenge in November 2010.
Pattern used: "Opera"
I combined and lessened the skirt side pattern pieces so that the skirt had no front seams interrupting the lace pattern.

The top corset was made in a floral red on black embroidered silk with net trim. I double-stitched the outer seams for a true "corsetted stay" look. The skirt was made with two fabrics for contrast; stretch black lace over nude stretch poly. The blood red vampire gloves are made with glittery stretch fabric I deconstructed for a gritty feel. The headdress are silk flowers with red netting.

I won People's Choice again! woohoo!

Model: Fashion Royalty Black As Night Kyori Giftset

My Coffee Amaretto entry for Atelier's Cocktail Challenge
For the Atelier-des-Reves- sixth scale couture group competition in October 2011, I wanted to create a cocktail dress out of this stretch-smocked fabric that is softly distressed with small sequins and rough edges and though it seemed to be better utilized for a casual boho styled skirt or blouse, I wanted to challenge myself to make an edgier, less dressy version of a cocktail dress out of it. One that Kyori could possibly wear to a cocktail party after work by lowering her sleeves and putting her hair in an updo. The sash belt is a stretch knit, gold sequined, animal print that snaps in back. The dress opens in the front and is made from two pieces of fabric (the left side and the right), including the sleeves.

I won in two categories: Peoples Choice and COUTURE EXCELLENCE ATELIER AWARD!

The Couture Excellence Atelier Award recognizes overall design concept, fashion sophistication, garment innovation, dressmaking and construction refinement, detail, and accessories styling. 
Model: Fashion Royalty Living Dangerously Kyori

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2010 2nd Place Winner of Couture Doll Design Competition

                          As seen in Summer 2010 Fashion Doll Quarterly (FDQ Magazine)
2nd Place Winner of 2010's first CDDC

And Challenge 7 WINNER!

Couture Doll Design Competition (CDDC) was held almost concurrently with Project Dollway At Home 2. I won 2nd Place in both comps and was featured in Summer 2010 Fashion Doll Quarterly (FDQ Magazine) as well as the April 2010 Doll Reader Magazine. The talented Emilia Neminen won First Place honors. There were eight challenges with various industry professionals as esteemed judges:

Challenge 1- Make Mine Mod - David Buttry
Challenge 2 - Put Your Best Foot Forward - Joe Tai
Challenge 3 - Embellished - Magalie Dawson
Challenge 4 - On The Fashion Edge - Rob Thompson
Challenge 5 - On the Red Carpet - Jim Faraone
Challenge 6 - Inspired by Audrey - Randall Craig
Challenge 7 - Mad WoMen - Stephen Fraser
Challenge 8 - Around the World in One Fashion! - Rudi Teruel

Challenge 1- Make Mine Mod- Sherbet colored silk gown with mod graphic bodice, hot pink feathered wrap and lime green gloves. Model: Fashion Royalty Black As Night Kyori.
Challenge 2- Put Your best Foot Forward- I created chunky, glittery party shoes embellished with pearls as my inspiration. Sheer bodice topped a silk satin and sheer organdy animal print skirt. SUnglasses and earring were created to match her flirty ensemble.
Model: Antoinette Blank face Mannequin.

Challenge 3- Embellished- Model: Wigged Madame Alexander's Alex wearing a fully embellished three piece Diana as Queen ensemble had she lived to reign.

Challenge 4- On the Fashion Edge- Grey silk "felted" balloon skirt. High waisted bodice in matching grey dupioni silk edged in black scalloped pleather. A circus-inspired diamond print appears on bodice and repeats in silver metallic leggings. Her booties are decorated with scalloped pleather and matching diamond trim. An austere wrap made from black and white silk knit from Mood fabrics in NYC. Her hair is wrapped high and festooned with sheer netting and a ribboned bow.

Challenge 5- On The Red Carpet- Model: 14" Haute Exclusive Sybarite

Challenge 6- Inspired by Audrey

Challenge 7- MadWoMen
Model: Robert Tonner's Antoinette doll

Challenge 8- WINNER! Around the World in One Fashion! One design/four looks!
Overall 2nd place winner of 2010 CDDC.

Challenge 8 Winner
Description for Judges:
Cara Día-Noche lives in London and is Britain's newest fashion designer. 
She flew in to attend Barcelona's Fashion Week's high profile Dinner to Ban Bullfighting along with retired matadors and the brightest Spanish runway designers.
Upon Cara's arrival in Spain, she is notified that her carry-on tote with her dinner outfit is on it's way to Hoboken but she's not worried because she is wearing her newest design innovation: a reversible micro-fiber travel raincoat. The trench is perfect for traveling from London's cool, rainy weather with it's double breasted pockets for storing jewelry, makeup and travel documents, but it is the reverse of her black trench that is the star of her ensemble. It turns into a gold dupioni silk metallic embroidered matador styled dinner coat!
Cara removes the long fishnet tee she's layered over her skirt and leather bustier for a more elegant look under her lavish evening coat. She tucks the bustier under the skirt to reveal a dressier high waisted custom pleated silk skirt. She uses the net scarf that was under her plaid wool cap and uses it to create a sexy one shoulder look by knotting it and pinning a gold flower she had stored in her trench-coat pocket.

She removes her bunched nylon knee highs (she wears to be comfy once her heels come off in flight) to reveal sheer stockings and patent leather heels. Cara then wraps her furry scarf on her head to resemble a matador's cap.

She is ready in minutes to reveal the mastery of Bullfighting but not in the arena, but in fashion, as art.

Model: Tonner's Kir Royale Carrie.

2010 2nd Place Winner of PDW@Home2

In 2010 I entered a second online doll fashion competitions that ran almost concurrently.
I won 2nd Place in both Project Dollway At Home 2 (PDW@Home2) and Couture Doll Design Competition (CDDC1).

My designs appeared again in Doll Reader Magazine (seen below) and FDQ (Fashion Doll Quarterly).
There were 6 challenges in PDW@Home 2. Only Tonner's Antoinette mannequin dolls could be used. Robert Tonner himselfjudged as well as this top designer, Joe Petrollese and head Art Director, Tom Courtney. I won 2nd place and was featured in Doll Reader Magazine along with the talented Jason Kramer, who won First Place.

Challenge 1- EveningWear

Challenge 2- DayWear
Challenge 3- SleepWear
Challenge 4- SportWear
Challenge 5- Funwear (This time we were allowed to repaint our blank face mannequin). I chose as my inspiration a "LeCirque-esque" tribute to Alexander McQueen, complete with McQueen's 2009 Runway booties.
Challenge 6- AnyWear

I continued with my "Circus" theme, with felt hat, red plastic veil, copper boots and accessories.

Challenges 5 & 6 were my favorite, where I was free to explore modern circus-inspired runway fashion. I loved creating the accessories, shoes and hats.

2009 First Place Winner of Project Dollway At Home!

In 2009, I entered a doll fashion competition "Project Dollway At Home". The Grand Prize winner of PDW@Home would be featured in Doll Reader Magazine in an article written by editor, Jill Jackson. Parameters were to choose one doll in one era that we would design for in twelve two-week challenges. I chose a diminuative model, Vintage Licca, and the era I chose was MOD. I won First Place and was featured in the November 2009 Doll Reader Magazine.

Montage of 12 designs: (Left to right)

1st Challenge: VINTAGE (MOD)
Design: Big print graphic hat & minidress, ruffled collar and contrasting silk tie.
2nd Challenge: PLEATS
3rd Challenge: DOLMAN
4th Challenge: LAYERED
5th Challenge: ZODIAC
7th Challenge: EMPIRE
6th Challenge: PEEKABOO
8th Challenge: ROCKIN
9th Challenge: REVERSIBLE
10th Challenge: FITTED
11th Challenge: DRAPED
12th Challenge: BRIDE

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Final Challenge of Project Dollway "Black & white & red all over"

The Final Challenge of the 1st Project Dollway 2008:
"Black & white & red all over"

We are at the end of Season One of project Dollway and it has been an amazing journey for me as a doll fashion designer, which I now refer to myself as. Having had the opportunity to design my own creations to satisfy challenge guidelines and parameters has been a dream come true for me. I am a graphic designer who collects dolls. I ventured into costume design and found that gratifying but combining my love of dolls and fashion has been the ultimate gift for me.
This challenge was named: Black and white and red all over.

Initially I wanted to create a black & white plaid skirt, white top and little flirty red coat with ruffled sleeves. After doing a preliminary drape I realized the skirt was too short for this doll. Having run out of fabric and not being able to find similiar plaid, I had to rethink.

My model was an ultra-curvy 16" Eve doll by Susan Wakeen with hair restyled and her lips repainted. She wears a tight fitting back crisscross strapped dress topped with a sheer black and white dotted bust. I created the purse with red suede and super thin crocodile printed black vinyl. Croc vinyl strappy shoes finish the ensemble. Click on the photo to see it larger.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Challenge 9- The Gabby "Collection Piece"

In this next to last challenge of Project Dollway, At Home Designers were to create a collection "outfit" that would represent a 12 piece clothing line. I chose Gene as my stand-in doll because of her casual red swept back hair that works well with the Ready-to-Wear outfit that features rich color and tones and mixed patterns and fabrics. The peplum top is made from thin, red, ultrasuede. It is supple and soft and drapes beautifully. It is topped with a pleated detail to mimic the longer flirty pleats at the bottom of the fully lined skirt and gathered in a three knotted belt made from the skirt fabric. (Click on photo to see a close-up).

I wanted to play with the juxtaposition of the tailored look of suede in the sleeveless top with the gauzy, woven cotton "bohemian" pattern of the skirt, (see close-up below). I am looking forward to creating ready-to-wear to eveningwear with these varied materials!

I added a slouchy bag that wasn't too casual but could be dressed up as the collection unveils. The purse is made from a pre-gathered stretchy sheer tie-dyed cotton, usually used for hippie-styled blouses and skirts. I have been asked for a tutorial on creating the bag. Close-up of slouchy bag can be seen below.