Author: DOLLS Magazine Contributor

Ninay, The First Filipino Doll

Patis Tesoro is well known in the Philippines for her indigenous fashion designs, and more importantly, for almost single-handedly reviving dying local textile and fashion industries, such as the production of piña and abaca cloths, and natural dyeing. Last July, she added another feather to her cap when she, and business partner Guia Gomez, officially launched “Ninay, The First Filipino Doll.” The Ninay Collection Ninay, the 51-year old Tesoro explains, is the eponymous heroine of the first Filipino novel, written by Pedro Paterno in the 19th century. “The story is about Ninay, and Ninay has many faces,” says Tesoro....

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Hildegard Günzel Reminisces on a Lifetime of Achievement

It was the 1970s,” Hildegard Günzel reminisces, “and I was determined that my oldest son, Kai, would not grow up with the usual gender stereotypes. I wanted to raise him to be a nurturing, peaceful man.” Günzel, who had studied fashion design in Munich, thought that giving Kai a doll would be the perfect start, and she decided to make him one herself. The intention was better than the result. “It was hid­eous,” she laughs now, “It actually scared him. He cried when he saw it.” From those inauspicious beginnings almost three decades ago, Günzel has reached the pinnacle...

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Robert Tonner: The Collector’s Couturier

In the real world, fashion isn’t always fun. Upscale stores and boutiques are filled with stick-narrow clothing clearly never meant for a woman’s hips, chic designer garments with sky-high price tags, and oh-so-pretty shoes that go medieval on our feet. But thanks to Robert Tonner, the doll world’s leading couturier, we can live out all of our fashion fantasies with ease. Are hot, cutting-edge looks for you? If so, check out Tonner’s new offerings for the lovely and leggy Tyler Wentworth, such as “Florentine,” a curve-hugging silk-brocade gown with a plunging neckline. Are warm, nostalgic confections more your taste?...

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Come On Get Happy!

As spring approaches, we look forward to certain absolutes–short sleeves, flowers blooming, children giddy with spring fever, and beautiful dolls from The Alexander Doll Company. This year is no exception as the company showcases its hot new looks for 2002 at the American International Toy Fair in New York City and gears up for its 80th anniversary next year. “Our overall feeling,” says Al­ex­ander’s President, Gale  Jarvis, “is that we’ve kept to our tradition, staying true to who we are, but that we’re taking our company to the next level. We’re ex­panding our Alex line, in­tro­ducing Hannah Pepper and...

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