Author: DOLLS Magazine Staff

Isaac Mizrahi and The Alexander Doll Co. Forge Deal

According to Woman’s Wear Daily (, Xcel Brands has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with The Alexander Doll Co. to create a selection of Madame Alexander dolls, doll apparel and doll accessories under the Isaac Mizrahi New York label. The deal consists of play dolls and collectable dolls: Cissy, the iconic 21-inch couture collectible doll ($1,000 retail); a 16-inch contemporary fashion collectible doll ($200), and an 18-inch play doll ($70). The doll collection will launch at the American International Toy Fair in New York in February. The dolls will be sold at specialty and department stores, as well as...

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Hope — That Thing With Feathers

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all” This poem, by the renowned Emily Dickinson, perfectly defines that fickle emotion, capable of giving flight to the soul like no other. Dollmaker and fashion designer Connie Lowe of Marbled Halls interprets that emotion in doll form with DOLLS’ new exclusive, “Hope.” Lowe was inspired to create “Hope” by recent life events. “To me, hope is to dream with expectation of realizing those dreams. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I had hope. I did not...

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2013 DOLLS Awards of Excellence

The winners of the 2013 Industry’s Choice DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAEs) were announced April 12 at the Debut of Dolls Banquet held at IDEX in Orlando, Fla. Each entry in this year’s competition was evaluated by our panel of judges: Doll industry consultant Pat Burns, doll writer and historian Penny Herbst, Simon Farnworth of, author and DOLLS contributor Stephanie Finnegan, DOLLS editor-at-large Jill Jackson, and Modern Doll President Patsy Moyer. This year’s Industry’s Choice winners go on to become the nominees for the Public’s Choice awards voted on by DOLLS readers. Look for photos of all the nominees, ballot, and online voting instructions in the July 2013 issue of DOLLS.   Manufacturer Categories Children’s Play Doll “Amelia, Your Victorian Girl” from A Girl For All Time “Kiki” from Heart and Soul “La Newborn Layette” from JC Toys Group “Love & Joy” from Adora Dolls “Taxi! Billy” from Tonner Toys Collectible Baby Doll “A Moment in My Arms, Forever in My Heart” from Ashton-Drake Galleries “Chloe’s Look of Love” from Ashton-Drake Galleries “Valentina” from JC Toys Group Collectible Child Doll “Carlotta” from Heart and Soul “Jordyn” from MasterPiece Dolls “Pocketful of Sweetness” from MasterPiece Dolls “Pretty Party Patsy” from Effanbee Doll Company “Tori” from MasterPiece Dolls Collectible Fashion Doll “Domina” from Superfrock “Equestrienne Vita” from Horsman “Haunted Beauty Ghost Barbie” from Mattel “Revelry” from JAMIEshow “Wood Nymph” from...

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2013 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Rules

The DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAE), also known as the Diamond Awards, recognizes and encourages excellence in the design and creation of dolls. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design, and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the DAE Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s DAE Public’s Choice Awards. DOLLS readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Public’s Choice winners. Show the doll world your talent — enter this year’s DAE competition!   How to Enter 1. From Dec. 11, 2012, through March 7, 2013, go to and click on the DAE 2013 link to enter online. 2. Be sure to read all the rules before entering, and make sure the online form is complete and accurate before submitting your entry. The information submitted will be used in the magazine and in promotional materials for nominated and winning entries. Any entry form that is not accompanied by photos and an entry fee will be invalid and not viewed by the judges. A separate online form must be filled out for each piece entered. 3. The entry fee must be included. The first entry is $95. Additional entries are $45 each. Payment must...

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2012 DOTY Public’s Choice Awards – And the winner is …

Best in Show & Artist Doll (more than $1,250) – “Rapunzel” by Hildegard Günzel Children’s Play Doll – “Laura” by Sonja Hartmann Collectible Baby Doll – “Marei” by Hildegard Günzel Collectible Fashion Doll – “Princess Catherine Bride Doll” from The Ashton-Drake Galleries Collectible Ball-Jointed Doll – “Aurora” from MasterPiece Dolls Collectible Vinyl/Plastic Doll (less than $150) – “Madison” from The Ashton-Drake Galleries Collectible Vinyl/Plastic Doll (more than $150) – “Lilli Princess Frog” by Heidi Plusczok Collectible Miniature Doll (8 inches or less) – “Snips + Snails Tommy” from Heartstring Dolls Collectible Manufacturer’s Artist Doll – “Suchin” from Kish &...

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Style, Forever Victorious!

Welcome to the world of Victoire Roux, Parisian fashion model and iconic muse The war had taken its toll on everyone in Europe, except Victoire Roux. No matter what, she always made it a point to stand proud, never let herself go and always look her best to help boost everyone’s morale, even in the darkest hours of history. In other words, she resisted the invader with glamour and flair! Victoire Roux is the eponymous symbol of French pride, beauty and style. Through her classic look, sophisticated demeanor and impeccable manners, Victoire was destined to become a muse. The...

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