Dutch Barbie World

A Dutch Barbie collector in Holland

Brunette Skipper and Double date

Barbie collector keeps putting new dolls to the shop.

Yesterday the Skipper 50th Anniversary Doll Brunette.

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It’s a hair color variation on the blond Skipper that was released at the beginning of this year.

She comes with all these cute accessories.

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This is her description:

Happy birthday! Skipper® doll wears a re-creation of 1965’s ”Happy Birthday” fashion #1919 from the 1900 Series. Her sleeveless dress features white lace embellishments and blue floral embroidery. A “straw” boater hat with a blue ribbon tops off her adorable ensemble. Also included are replicas of the original accessories: a “wrapped” gift, birthday “cake” with “candles”, napkins and more!

Her price is $39,95 and her release date is 08/01/2014

When your are interested in buying this girl I think you should get her as soon she is in the shop. The blond version was sold out in jut a few days.

And today they Double Date 50th Anniversary Giftset

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Allan, Midge, Barbie and Ken dressed in recreations of their swimwear as sold in 1964.

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This set is a Barbie fan Club Exclusive. The price is $100,00 and the release date is 07/30/2014

for more information: http://www.barbiecollector.com

Luciana Silkstone

Barbie Collector just released the official pictures from the new Silkstone Luciana. And of course I love them !

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Here her official description:

Luciana Barbie® doll turns to classic Italian design in black and golden brocade. The finely tailored jacket features an elegant collar, puffed sleeves and cinched waist. Closed with five sparkling rhinestone buttons, the jacket is worn over a matching, sleeveless dress with mermaid hem. Black lace gloves and booties, rich with golden embroidery, complete this fashion fantasy.

The text mention a black and golden brocade but on the pictures it look more beige and gold.

I think her face is perfection.

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And I love those rhinestone buttons.

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Her price is $100 and she will be released on 08/07/2014

I hope she will get her own video and we will find out some more about the wedding.

for more information:

http://www.barbiecollector.com/shop/doll/luciana-barbie-doll-bdh22

THANK YOU SO MUCH EDGARD

Magia2000 in Nashville

Yesterday Magia2000 had their presentation at the National Barbie Convention in the US.

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The designers send me some pictures and OMG I so wish I was there to see all these beauties in real life. The Theme of the show was Memories.

Just a few minutes before the show began. I see a dear friend of my had an exclusive preview ;-)

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And here are the dolls.

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Look at this Marie Antoinette…. inspired  doll.

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I love it how they used the new Magia2000 logo on the dress.

This Country duo was their creation for the Silence Auction.

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And I’m so happy for the winner of this amazing set.

And here some more  stunning creations.

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as a Silkie fan I see so many gorgeous girls. I love how they are using classic paintings printed on silk in combination with their beading and embroidery skills. This isn’t fashion anymore it’s Haute Couture.

For the Live Auction tomorrow they created this Halloween inspired doll.

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For more amazing pictures you have to take a look at the Flickr Account from my dear friend and blogger Rebecca from Inside The Fashion Doll Studio. She is at the convention and as always taking the best pictures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42498300@N07/

for more information : http://www.magia2000.com

Midnight Soirée

Since last Sunday I’m glued to my computer. Every free moment I’m looking for new pictures from the National Barbie Convention in the US. And I think t’s so great that everybody is posting these amazing pictures. But this morning I saw one of the most beautiful ladies ever and I just have to share her here.

Her name is Midnight Soirée

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This doll is created by the talented Zlatan Zukanovic, art director from Mattel.

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That face ! and that Dress ! I think she is the ultimate dream doll.

She was a donation for the silence auction.

So there is one very lucky collector now who got her :-)

Cho:lo Doll Couture: Sheer Madness

The amazing artist Cholo Ayuyao released his spring summer 2014 collection on Flickr today. And omg it’s so gorgeous.

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The collection is called:  Sheer Madness.

There 10 Couture looks in this collection. I love the soft almost none colors and all the beading and details are amazing. I also love the contrast from the romantic fabrics in combination with the masks and the straight Jackets.

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Look 1, 2 and 3

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Look 4, 5 and 6

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Look 7, 8 and 9

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And look 10

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for more information:

http://www.cholodollcouturephilippines.blogspot.com

and for more pictures from this amazing artist:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/becholo

Barbie Lagerfeld Doll

So the rumors are true. Mattel is Launching a Limited Edition Barbie Lagerfeld Doll !!!

This article was posted today at the Women’s Wear Daily:

DOLL HOUSE: Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collaboration involves what must be the world’s smallest pair of fingerless gloves. They’re to fit the dainty hands of Barbie Lagerfeld, a limited-edition doll being launched this fall by American toy giant Mattel Inc. and the iconic, Paris-based designer.

Part of the Barbie Collector series, the doll is dressed according to the German couturier’s custom: in a tailored black jacket, a white shirt with a high collar and skinny black jeans. Accessories are key, including a fat necktie, dark sunglasses and black ankle boots.

Commented Kim Culmone, global vice president of Barbie product design: “It’s not everyday that Barbie dresses like the world’s most famous fashion designer.”

The outfit also recalls items in the women’s Karl Lagerfeld collection, hinged on the namesake designer’s graphic, rock ’n’ roll-influenced style.

Additional details about the figurine and its distribution are to be released at a later date. Mattel is marking Barbie’s 55th birthday this year.

And the they showed this amazing Sketch !!!

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I can’t wait to see this beauty in real life !!!

for more information: http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/doll-house-7803629?navSection=issues

The dollhouse from Petronella Oortman

Last weekend I got this great novel called “Het huis aan de Gouden Bocht”. by Jessie Burton.

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It’s a novel featuring my favorite dollhouse ever. The dollhouse from Petronella Oortman.

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This dollhouse is on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. There three dollhouses on display at the Rijksmuseum but this one is the most famous.

In the 17th century, dolls houses were not toys; they were a hobby, the equivalent for women of the collection cabinets kept by men.

What makes Petronella Oortman’s dolls house so unusual is that all the pieces were made precisely to scale, in the same way and using the same materials as their regular counterparts. Petronella ordered her miniature porcelain from China and commissioned cabinetmakers, glassblowers, silversmiths, basket-weavers and artists to furnish her dolls house: an extremely expensive hobby. Her dolls house cost as much as an actual house on a canal! She was so proud of her house, that she had it portrayed in a painting.

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And now there is tho great novel about this dollhouse.

Here a little teaser from the publisher:

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

And there is a English version of this book !!!! It’s called The Miniaturist.

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They also made this small book about the dollhouse filled with fun facts about the house and the Dutch Golden Age called “Het Poppenhuis van Petronella Oortman” by Karin Braamhorst and Marlies Visser.

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This book will be published next month in English.

Het Huis Aan De Gouden Bocht ISBN 9789021809519

The Miniaturist ISBN 9781447250890

Het Poppenhuis Van Petronella Oortman ISBN 978902455733

The Doll’s Hous Of Petronella Oortman ISBN 9789024566693

Intergrity Toys ode to Vintage Barbie

Last week Integrity Toys released images from the second 2014 W club Exclusive doll. It was a Poppy Parker doll so I thought I was safe. I know she is a very popular character  but for me she is to young. I collect ladies no girls. But then I saw pictures.

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Wow ! What a doll and that dress ! I love the gold brocade with the pink tulle underskirt. Poppy has become a Lady. Her name is Fifth Anniversary Souvenir Doll.

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The look is very vintage inspired Balenciaga.

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And also very vintage Barbie.

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It’s almost an exact copy of this vintage Francie Japanese exclusive fashion.

A few days later Integrity Toys released images from a new doll. This time a Victoire Roux. I’m a big fan of this line and when I saw her I knew I had to have her

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Her name is Prêt à Partir

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And I love everything about her. Her face is gorgeous and that outfit is such a classic. And look at those accessories !!!

 Very vintage Dior and Balenciaga inspired .

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And also very vintage Barbie.

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Golden Glamour, On the Avenue, Saturday Matinee and Career Girl.

Fifth Anniversary Poppy Parker price is $120 she is a W club Exclusive and will b released this Fall.

Victoire RouxPrêt à Partir price is $99 she s an IT Direct Exclusive and available via a “right to buy” lottery.

I think I have to join the W club next year ;-)

for more information http://www.integritytoys.com

More Than a Doll

I love the Barbie Bazaar magazines. They are so filled with great information for a starting collector like me. I’m always looking for them at conventions and fairs. It’s so sad that there isn’t a Barbie Magazine like that on the market these days.

Last week a friend of my send me a scan from a very interesting article from the June/July issue 2005.

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This one I still have to find myself.

The article is about “More than a doll” an international program at Mattel that was started overseas by the Asian design and development teams. The program rewards those who have made significant contributions to Barbie doll’s quality in design and manufacturing.

And the grand price was an amazing “More than a doll” Silkstone Barbie.

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She is wearing an Iconic hand beaded swimsuit with an 18k gold Mattel medallion on her waist. And I love the beach bag with the “More than a doll” logo.

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And she came in this great box.  They used the same ribbon on the box as the “More then a doll” Silkstone that I found a few months ago.

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http://dutchbarbieworld.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/more-than-a-doll/

This article is from 2005 an at that time they had only given out 5 of these awards. That year the award went to Tina Tomiyama (manager of face design)

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I wonder if they still have this award at Mattel. And if this amazing Silkie is still the grand price.

Ta- Da- Ta Da.

This weekend it’s Gay Pride in London. To celebrate this symbol of freedom, rights and equality Superdoll London created this pair of 2oak dolls.

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And as an extra surprise they announced that a a very extreme Salon edition of these dresses went on sale today at 16:00 GMT

So at 16:00 I was sitting behind my computer. Refresh no dress. Refresh no dress. Did I miss it ?

Of course this lady was fabulous late ;-) And an hour later the dress was online.

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Of course this fabulous creation sold out in seconds.

Here her description:

Venus did not have a clue, she was just told to be in London TODAY! Little did she know her sisters were about to tie the knot… and she was to do the frocks publicity shots.

The brides were fashionably late for starters….

The Gown is a short contemporary little froth, beaded and embroidered with astro hologram sequin payette, clear bugles, frosted bugles, silver sequins and little white molded sequin flowers. A HUGE semi circular headpiece, just dramatique enough, and a gorgeous silk tulle veil.

This corseted gown is accessorized  with delightful white tulle panties, white  garter belt and milky white fishnet hose that attach to the garter with little daisies. No bride would be complete without a bouquet, and this random array of gorgeous bugle bead ferns, ribbons and diamond stud satin roses, is finished of with pearl sprays.

Heel_less platform shoes trimmed to within an inch of themselves.

for more information: http://www.superdollonline.co.uk

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