Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This is an idea that has been lurking in my mind ever since I started doing doll fashion, and it manifested in a couple of looks I did along the way. Giant halo like headpieces, embossed embroidery and opulent beadwork and then D&G released a collection that was based on Byzantine religious iconography and everything in between. My jaw dropped in amazement but that the same time, there goes the idea that I really wanted to do. But then again, I cant help but to do what I believe a must, and its close to my heart as a Filipino since I grew up with these details at vantage point. Santita is based on a Filipino's close attachment to his religion. As the only predominantly Catholic country in Asia, and with more than 3 centuries of Spanish rule, we were affixed to embrace the religion every step of the way. With it, every day, we get to see the religious images dressed up in gold embroidery, European style cathedrals, hammered metal halos encrusted with gems. Easily as an artist, you cant help but to be influenced by everything around.
I thought also, that this collection is best to do this season because coincidentally my local toy group, Pampanga Toy Collectors Club will be hosting its first large scale toy festival and exhibit, and as the curator for the doll exhibit area, I grabbed the moment as a chance to show my work in person to my folks here... in the best possible way.
Santita is all about shapes, prints and embellishments. I thought that in these three words I could ground the idea in one path and not all over the place. Looks that are symbolical but not replicas of religious robes, more of essence and feel than being literal and closing to blasphemous. It is divided into 3 capsules that starts with obvious heavy fabric, heavy draping and embroidery part then transitioning to printed chiffon and trying to sculpt and drape it to its fullest and then ending in classic familiar silhouettes, clean line but with opulent beading and textures. I also used antique lace that were so fragile and old, they're ripping apart, and so I treated them to hold their shape and finish them off in antique gold. The styling is topped of with headpieces that pose as halos but with a twist. Faces are covered simply because (drum roll please) I have no time to repaint anymore. Haha. Sorry about that.
The pics are from my updates on the progress of the collection as time went by before the Toy Exhibit. Now Im happy to announce that the collection will be up for sale via silent bidding on October 25, Saturday at around 7pm, Standard Philippine time, for those of you who've been consistently waiting for my collections, you know the drill, but for those first timers, The presentation will be via my flickr, and through this album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/becholo/sets/72157648504509427/
and details on how to will be posted on my blog.
It just a few days before show and I'm excited to present all 10 looks from my Fall/ Winter Collection.
Mabuhay everyone. See You at the show!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Thank you once again for joining me in celebrating doll couture madness. To bid for one or many of the ten looks presented, pretty much its the same drill as before. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Written on the title is the look that you want (ex "Look 9")and in your email, write down you bid for the look you want starting at 200USD, that includes international shipping already, and your shipping details (name, address and one working phone number)
Ill get back to you as soon as ive read your emails for confirmation and we would all have to wait 24 hours before the offers stop and would email back if the offers won you the look or looks and should pay promptly. Payments through Paypal Only. Thank you once again for watching the show here's to anticipating the next collection for fall/ winter 2014, "Santita"
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Im so excited to announce that the Spring Summer '14 Collection "Sheer Madness" will be out this July 19, 2014, Saturday 9:00PM, Philippine Standard Time. There will be ten looks up for silent bidding after the online presentation via my Flickr account (just click my flickr account icon on your right side) and further information regarding how to bid will be posted here on my blog also. Since we all come from different parts of the world, hence different times, there will be a 24 hour bidding time, so everyone gets a chance.
Sheer Madness came from this idea while I was competing for the Couture Doll Design Challenge, CDDC, Years back during one challenge. A famous fashion forward actress was so into herself and her fashion to the point of being admitted to a mental institution from too much fabulosity. Even in her lockdown, she imagined herself in sheer embellished straight jackets and gowns, her mind twisting and turning with the ideas of grandeur and opulence. I thought this year will be a great opportunity to do that idea and actually expand it into 10 looks. I made one single pattern for every look, but different treatments in terms of embellishments. all looks are made of layered tulle, corset back for versatile fit. Five looks are fitted on numina body, which could also fit Inamorata dolls, JS and Deva and similar size dolls, and the other five, fitted for sybs, which could also fit JS and RDG dolls. Embellishments are translation of the fashionista's crazy mind. its opulent, there's movement, intersecting, parallel lines of twinkling beads and finished off with textures of florets, tulles amd embossed fabric flowers. Instead of wigs, I opted for a lace headgear with a gag mask. The dolls are all barefoot this season though.
Hopefully ill see you all this Saturday for the show.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Siamese is a concept I've been toying around for quite some time now and it is just now that i finally made it into fruition. Twin Gowns, merging into one. Ive selected Inro and Nnaji, both Inamorata Dolls by Emilia because of their distinct curves, very apt for this shape. Siamese Includes 2 couture gowns (top and skirt) of black and Lilac, and Black and Yellow, Both are made of antique lace, hand beaded with micro sequins, corset back for flexible fit for other similar sized dolls (good fit for Numina and Deva, Can fit Jamieshow dolls, but the skirt part wont close totally but tolerable, skirt part is made of antique lace and tiered pleated trim lace on the tulle part, overlayed with black tulle with hand applied micro spangled lace ornaments in tornasol. It also include matching ornate crystal neck pieces with matching brooches and hard cap wigs made of hand combed yarn and embellished with acrylic glass like flowers and crystals. Im also including a special base for the stand when the you opt to join the 2 gowns.
This sale is for both gowns together, not separate, so I'm expecting one bid on you email.
To bid, as with all of my previous sale, is through my email, email@example.com and the starting bid will be 450USD, and that includes international shipping already. Please do write "Siamese" on the title of you email for proper identification. please do include on your email too, your shipping details (name, address and a working phone number) Ill reply back if youve won the silent bidding or not after 24 hours from the unveiling.
Payments will be through Paypal only.
and dont forget too, the Spring Summer Collections will be up soon, so stay tuned. :)
Monday, March 3, 2014
Hello once again friends! Im happy to announce that these two looks are available for private bidding starting now, and would end in 24 hours.I chose to just put the information here on my blog just to avoid any prying eyes on Flickr so here it goes. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, your bid of more than 200USD (with International shipping), with EnTrance I or EnTrance II as Subject. Please do Include your Shipping details too and your name. After 24 hours (ending March 4, 9pm standard Philippine Time) I'll email everyone if they won or not.
Thank you so much for the continued trust, see you once again for Spring Summer 2014!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Thank you once again for joining me tonight and watching the unveiling of my Fall-Winter 2013 OOAK Collection, Ethni:City.
Same drill my dollies, as I don't want to have any attention from Flickr and selling my line there, I opt to just post this info on my blog. Here is how:
1. Email me at email@example.com
2. dont forget to write the "look" that you want to place an offer on, for ill be putting them on different folders after. ex "Look 1"
3. The content of the email should include your offer, all the pieces start at 200 usd, international shipping included, and your shipping details, including a phone number.
4. Ill allow 24 hours after the show for the offers to come and email the highest offers for confirmation ( so relax, you have time to think), and thank you emails for those who didnt get the pieces.
5. Payment via Paypal only, allowing 2-3 days to settle it, and after the shipping money reflects on my bank, ill ship promptly (3-5 days)
Thank you so much guys for making this another successful collection.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Thank you everyone for viewing the show on Flickr and by this time i hope you have chosen the one you liked from the collection. As you know by now that the collection pieces starts at 160 USD with shipping, and you can offer me an amount higher than that. Whoever offered the highest gets the piece. Honestly im not really aiming for a high amount, i just wanted the pieces to go to the one who wants it most.
You can email me you offer, with the Look (letter) as your email title and i'll check everyone's emails after a good 24 hours, and i'll email back the winning offer ASAP after the time period. You can send your email through this address
Kisskiss Everyone and thank you!
Offers are now closed for tally, Thank You Everyone!