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10 Questions for the Popovy Sisters by Vogue

Vogue.com published a great interview with the Popovy Sisters:

by: Laird Borrelli Persson

10 Questions for the Popovy Sisters, Identical Twin Doll-Makers From Russia With Some Serious Fashion Cred

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In the world of one-of-a-kind dolls (OOAKD), the name Popovy Sisters is writ large. Based in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Ekaterina and Elena Popovy meticulously handcraft hyperreal, posable dolls that combine elements of fantasy, fashion, and fetish. Among their collectors are the couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton shoe designer Fabrizio Viti, and Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser—who quite resembles a Popovy doll IRL.

Having expanded into fine art photography, video, and 3-D mapping, the sisters hope to transport their otherworldly dolls and art to the City of Angels, which seems a perfect fit. Hollywood is known as a “dream factory.” With a designer collaboration and a coffee-table book in the works, the Popovys are clearly gearing up for world domination. Here, they answer 10 questions for Vogue.

Did you play with dolls growing up?
We were more attached to stuffed toys: Our favorite was foxes. Somehow, we never liked toys with a human figure, but that changed in a second when we saw the campaign for Barbie doll. It felt like a mind revolution, and when we finally got her, the creativity began. We started designing and producing her clothes, changing hairstyles. We couldn’t stop!

When did you start becoming interested in fashion?
It has always been with us. We were just little kids when we began to draw clothes for our dolls. To tell the truth, as teenagers, we got obsessed with a totally different hobby, horseback riding, and seriously thought about taking this passion to a professional level and building careers in that field, but our inner love for fashion won. After graduating from high school, we decided to become fashion designers and entered the academy.

How did you start making dolls?
In our second year at the architecture and art academy, our teacher asked us to visit a nearby doll exhibition [for an assignment]. We were fascinated by that show: The doll’s faces looked so real; everything was so delicate and natural. We found a tutor, took few master classes, and soon we began sculpting our own dolls.

At that time, we were very interested in influential personalities, such as actors and people from show business, and we did a lot of sketching of those people with different facial expressions. Our first portrait doll was Ville Valo (HIM), then Madonna, John Galliano, Johnny Depp, Dita Von Teese, and, of course, Marilyn Manson. We are not supporters of standard beauty; we like personalities and looks that stand out, are revolutionary, even wild. We got dragged into the process and did not want to stop. After the portrait dolls, we decided to make a collection based on fictional and historical characters called Fashion Moon. It became our first thematic series and determined our style and our destiny, as it was our first “success story” as professional artists.

What materials do you use?
For our first static doll collections, we worked with mixed media using various materials like self-hardening and baked plastics, cast from hot and cold porcelain. Now our ball-jointed dolls (BJD) are made out of a special type of polyurethane and porcelain. Our goal is to achieve the maximum quality, so we use only the best materials from Italy, France, and Japan. For wigs, we use exclusive natural silk from Japan as well as llama and goat wool. For the outfits, we use only thin and delicate fabrics, rare laces, and antique fabrics. For shoes and accessories, we use brass, a rhodium coating, and Swarovski crystals.

What is the importance of them being posable?
This gives us another dimension in our art. After we went from static dolls to ball-joint ones, we realized how great it is when the dolls can change their poses, which can emphasize and strengthen the images we create, give them special accents, and complement the outfits.

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Why do the dolls often resemble models?
We gave them proportions of our fashion sketches. We lengthened the proportions, made the body not thin but “narrow,” so that the thickness of the clothing materials does not look rough. We also lengthened the neck, so that the height of the collars does not shorten the neck. Now, the doll can be dressed in several outfits and it will not look like she is drowning in her clothes.

In your words, what is your aesthetic?
Individuality has become, for us, the primary definition of beauty. We purposely gave our dolls some “imperfections”—ears that stick out, gap teeth—because we believe imperfection is perfection. What people used to think of as defects, we take as the basis of our dolls’ individualities. We want our dolls to be real and complicated. We purposely make their faces a little sad, a little thoughtful, without sweet and sugary features.

We called our brand Sisters, obviously, because we are identical twins. It describes ourselves and our attitude towards our dolls. Our symbol is a butterfly moth and our main character is a teenage girl: a moth girl. The fragile and delicate doll bodies are dressed in a complicated haute couture costumes. To achieve resonance, we collide gentle girl figures with complex, often aggressive predatory haute couture costumes and extravagant shoes with incredibly high femme fatale heels.

Often, our costume silhouettes have complex lines and shapes borrowed from the animal world. For us, the costume is a part of the image: one whole, a single organism that emerged from the surrounding nature. We pay a lot of attention to inventing new textures and material combinations. We do not allow ourselves to make simple wigs; they all have metal frames. In our case, creating a wig is like writing a story. Our wigs are not just hair, but a hat and, like the clothes, part of the whole.

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What commentary do your dolls offer on beauty?
Individuality and naturalness is our ideal of beauty. A person should love him or herself as they are, and it will make him/her beautiful.

What’s next?
In the future, we would like to go beyond doll art so that real people can wear our wigs, outfits, and accessories. It would be very interesting for us to work with a fashion house or a designer brand. We dream about our dolls being models in fashion magazines advertising fashion accessories. We’d like to have some interesting collaborations: photo and video projects, or creating images for the film industry. At the moment, we are working on a richly illustrated book about our work that will feature exclusive unreleased images and information. We dream of opening our potential to 100 percent.

What’s the best part of your jobs?
We like the fact that we can create freely and realize our wildest fantasies without limiting ourselves. We have found a perfect way to combine our passion for fashion design and art through the dolls. We are grateful to our parents, who taught us to love nature and life, and for an unforgettable childhood full of romance and creativity.



Numina is coming with a gorgeous new doll this Saturday called Thulian.


Thulian an Ajuma Numina sculpt in dark chocolate skintone and a copper- brown crop curled wig, with storm grey eyes accented and edged in spring green fading to aqua with glossed fuchsia lips. She sports a sleeveless, wide leg, pink silk crepe umpsuit complimented with an aqua silk shantung waist. Accessorized with a pair of gold “petal hoop earrings, a hand-beaded green and gold branch necklace, a pair of flanged bracelets, green “snakeskin” tiered handbag, and pink/aqua suede heels.


Thulian will be available for pre-order at http://www.dollcis.com n Saturday March 03 at 1:00 pm EST

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Christian Dior fèves

My Dolls like to collect. They love to have their own doll collection. And porcelaine fèves are the perfect size for a mini collection of dolls.


Fèves are hand painted, porcelain or ceramic figurines. They are made to be put inside an Epiphany Cake, or King Cake (Gâteau de Roi) for the “Epiphany” Holiday (La fête de l’épiphanie ou fête des rois) that originate in France. This holiday is celebrated every year on January 6th and tradition states that this is the day that the three wise men came to Bethlehem, to honor the baby Jesus. A long running tradition in France is to bake a cake, and insert a bean (fève) inside the cake. The person who finds the bean in his or her slice, is king for the day. More recently, this “bean” has been replaced by a ceramic or porcelain figure. This tradition has been commercialized, and there is a very wide assortment of porcelain and gold figures that are made for the Epiphany. They go by several names, King Cake figures, Epiphany figures, or “Fèves”.

And my dolls love the fèves made by Dior. These are small recreations of vintage couture looks. And every year the release a new set. These sets are made by the pâtisserie Yver in Grandville located near the Christian Dior Museum.

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They make these sets from 2014 so there 4 sets out now.

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You can buy them in the pâttiserie Yver and the giftshop from the museum. And for us doll lovers you can also order them at Facets Boutiques. For more information:





Roaring Twenties Pidgin Dolls

I loved last years Pigeon doll dressed in the style of the roaring twenties from the East Village hat exposition.


I think this style works very good with Pidgin. And I loved when more dolls in this style showed up on Pidgin dolls Facebook and Instagram account.

And this week Joshua David McKenney showed us this beauty inspired by the movie The Great Gatsby.


And now you have your chance to get your own Roaring Twenties Pidgin doll. Because this morning Theda was revealed.


Thea will be made in a small edition of 10 and she is now available by pre-order exclusively to registrants of the 2018 PNW BJD Expo in Seattle.

And how gorgeous is this cool illustration from this doll.


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


DeMuse Book

Today Nigel Chia from DeMuse Doll released his first DeMuse Doll book.

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” More than mere playthings, DeMuse Dolls are a brand of high fashion, edgy and articulated 16 inches muses. Adorned with miniature haute couture and graced in editorial voguish poses, each ball jointed resin doll intricately conveys the passion and love of Nigel Chia towards high end fashion. Unique and delicate, each DeMuse doll evoke a strong fashion emotion, bringing us into the miniature world of fashion.”I know exactly what I want for a high fashion doll, and I am creating muses of my own”.

This book is about My favourite creations, and how I became their maker .”

And when you buy this book you have the chance to win a DeMuse Doll !!!

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

Moleskine & Barbie

I love the notebooks from Moleskine and I have always one with me. And now they are coming with a Barbie collection. They released four designs and one is even a numbered collectors edition.





Barbie Dots:


Barbie Accessories:


Barbie Collectors Edition: 

With only 9999 numbered copies available, the Limited Edition Barbie Collector’s Edition comes in a box graced with 1950’s vintage illustrations. The notebook inside features a black and white chevron detail from the original Barbie swimsuit and a Limited Edition Pen


You can pre-order these notebooks on Amazon

JamieShow Palm Spring Convention

This weekend Jamieshow had their convention in Palm Spring.


And they had some amazing dolls for the conventioneers.

How cute are Rock and Doris



Doris Day and Rock Hudson are dressed in one of their most iconic looks from the movie Pillow Talk.


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And I love the two Vintage Space Age fashion dolls they had.

The first one is Palm Spring Violet Waters.



Her outfit is inspired by this look by the designer Rudi Gernreich.

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The second Space Age look is Palm Spring Veronika.



Inspired by this Pierre Cardin look.


This convention was also a farewell to Gene at JamieShow. And they had some amazing looks to end this collection.

My favorite is this Palm Springs Marsha Hunt.



And how cute is this Palm Spring Gene.



There was also a Palm Springs Zita Jones.



And Palm Springs Madra Lord.



They also had these cute wig stands and dress forms.


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