More Little Red Riding Hood

More pictures, you say? Well, you got it. Enjoy.


This cape was designed in the spirit of Art Deco. I definitely had Erté on my mind when making it, but then again, I always have Erté on my mind. His work is a part of me. Same with all of my inspirational artists and experiences. It’s hard to tell where they end, and my own vision begins.


I wanted to introduce a contemporary, urban element into the cape by adding a front pocket to it. And then negating that, with the decidedly non-urban tassels. I think they kind of clash with each other, but also complete each other somehow. It’s an urban couture-art deco-medieval fusion I’ve got going here.


The basket is made from polymer clay and reinforced on the inside with leather, for extra strength. I decided to upgrade the archetypal peasant basket look to something more refined and elegant, matching the luxurious cloak. Something more along the lines of a couture fashion bag.


I’ve always wanted to make a tiny little muff. I’ve got a taste for it with this project. I’ve come down with the MMMM syndrome; Must. Make. More. Muffs.


45 Responses to “More Little Red Riding Hood”

  1. Amoreen
    July 30th, 2012 12:41

    She is DEFINITELY one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, GORGEOUS dolls I have EVER seen! She is my dream!!! Marina, please, have mercy!… Will she be on sale?

  2. jacci
    July 30th, 2012 12:50

    stunning. Marina she’s beautiful. i love all the inspirational elements that went into making the cape. she’s precious.

  3. Dalliann
    July 30th, 2012 12:56

    Wow- she’s gorgeous! I love the cut of her cloak and the detailing on the basket is beautiful (I’d like a life-size one, please ~_^).

    Any chance of getting a close-up of her slippers? I don’t remember seeing this design before…

  4. Amelia
    July 30th, 2012 14:00

    Every detail is spot on–I don’t think the front pocket clashes at all! Adding the pocket and the “couture” basket, and the muff make her seem more real and less cliched. Nice work.

  5. MollyTheWanderer
    July 30th, 2012 14:03

    I love the basket. The lace imprint on it is awesome. But what about her shoes?!

  6. Jeanette
    July 30th, 2012 17:26

    She’s becoming one of my favorites, along with Cinderella.

    Thank you for more pictures of her, Marina!

  7. Kate
    July 30th, 2012 17:47

    just perfect…

  8. Sandra
    July 30th, 2012 17:58

    all your dolls are truly beautiful works of art

  9. daniseyu
    July 30th, 2012 18:28


  10. Sailor_Orbit
    July 30th, 2012 18:47

    so jealous of your beading skills! your designs are really innovative and reinvented. I am always jealous of people who can sew really well. It’s something I am too lazy to learn on my own. Also takes a lot of 2d-3d comprehension. and your photographs are always really professional.

  11. Hazel
    July 30th, 2012 18:55

    Oh, Marina, she’s amazing! Everything about her is perfect!

  12. Merri
    July 30th, 2012 20:13

    I’m definitely not a minimalist, so it’s always the exquisite level of detail that captivates me!

  13. kelly
    July 30th, 2012 20:23

    Want… pretty…doll…

  14. Aeroksana
    July 30th, 2012 21:40

    Thank you for photos, Marina!
    Your work is incredible and exceeds all expectations! She is to die for!

  15. Катерина
    July 30th, 2012 22:25

    Замечательная Красная Шапочка!!! А почему у нее яблочки в корзинке? Должны же быть пирожки и горшочек масла?:)))

  16. Marina
    July 30th, 2012 22:54

    Она вегитарианка.

  17. Alivtina
    July 31st, 2012 02:51

    Great pictures! Thank you, Marina! It’s great!

  18. The Old Maid
    July 31st, 2012 09:27

    The doll and her outfit is outstanding!
    You say about your inspiration but I guess you know by now that your works are inspiration for many of us, Marina.:)

  19. Evgeniya Ishbul'dina
    July 31st, 2012 09:36

    Вау! Такие трогательные ножки)))

  20. Sonja
    July 31st, 2012 13:22

    The cloak is even prettier now that I can see more of the details. Does she wear anything underneath that cloak and I would also like to see those shoes, they look smoother and more heel less than usual. I really really like that muff thing, I have always liked those and you really made a pretty one with all that embroidery.

  21. Amal
    July 31st, 2012 14:06


  22. Marina
    July 31st, 2012 15:25

    Yeah, that too, Amal.

  23. Marina
    July 31st, 2012 15:26

    What’s under the cloak is a secret.

  24. Crystal
    July 31st, 2012 16:35

    Wonderful! I love everything about her. I love the pockets and I love the tassels! The basket is so pretty and great fun! Just enchanting!

  25. Crystal
    July 31st, 2012 16:38

    Oh no! did I mention? I really really really love the hand muff too!

  26. Amoreen
    August 1st, 2012 01:19

    Vegetarian? Tou are too funny, Marina! :-)))

  27. Orangey
    August 1st, 2012 03:22

    Oh, every single detail is exceptional- glorious. I’m sure we’re all having eye spasms and gasms and all of that, I love your interpretation of this character and every detail you’ve planned for her. Her cloak clasps are stunning! A detail that I love are her gold slippers, so small and delicate. Another is her basket, the doll world could do with such incredible accessories should you ever decide to switch over to bag making (ha). I really like her haircolor also, this dull blond.

    Nice to see a fresh costumed doll!

  28. jacci
    August 1st, 2012 04:38

    what’s under the cloak is a secret? please spill the details! :) you’re suprises are always worth the wait, Marina.

  29. Annina
    August 1st, 2012 12:24

    Cathedral is still my very favourite costumed doll, but LRRH is my new second favourite.
    and for just the costume, Agnetha’s and hers are now both my favourites (i can’t decide between them).
    this cape is just so amazing, i love how it flows. i’m also happy that you kept it “simpler” in the top part of the cape with beading, love the assymetry of the beading there and that there’s just some “sprinkles”. and love the doll as a whole, perfect face for this character!
    the muff is my very favourite part of the whole costume.

  30. Annina
    August 1st, 2012 12:28

    first i was going to say there is a dress under this cape, but actually maybe she is a tomboy!
    maybe some cool half length pants in a female cut, with cute little belt, and some uber cool top thing in this old style, maybe layered. i’m so bad at describing stuff but i could imagine some lovely clothes under!

  31. Crystal
    August 1st, 2012 16:08

    I just saw those cute little gold slippers under the cape! New style shoes?

  32. Marina Bychkova
    August 1st, 2012 16:27

    Everybody wants to know about the new shoes, eh. You guys notice everything.

    I’ll post pics soon.

  33. Annina
    August 1st, 2012 20:29

    ahh’course, we want to know EVERYTHING!

  34. Christiane (Quebec)#24
    August 2nd, 2012 18:19

    We want to see it all…..pretty please! Love the apples did you make them too!

  35. Amal
    August 3rd, 2012 15:24

    Marina, what happened to this project you were working on:
    …can we see more of it too?

  36. Merri
    August 3rd, 2012 16:53

    Amal, I too have been wondering about that sneak peek and also the post that immediately precedes it, showing the Gothic inspired sketch which was to be part of a project for this year.
    I guess we will all have to just stay tuned! :)

  37. Amal
    August 3rd, 2012 17:48

    Lol, Merri, not just tuned …we’re wired! ^O^

  38. Merri
    August 3rd, 2012 18:01

    You’re right Amal! :) And wired elephants at that……we never forget!!

  39. silvana
    August 4th, 2012 19:34

    Amazing work Marina, i love everything!!!!

  40. Marina
    August 6th, 2012 17:19

    The project in comment 35 is still in progress, so hang on you guys. It is coming along, just not quickly enough.

    Sometimes I wish I was a centipede, but then I’d be a horrible, although efficient, monster.

  41. Joanne Livingston
    August 8th, 2012 06:44

    Thank you for showing all the little details. It was a joy to look at every one.

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  43. Annina
    August 9th, 2012 19:06

    ah no no don’t say that word (centipede) it brings the memory of that horrible film which i didn’t mean to watch but saw part of it as Calle was watching. no no, usch!

  44. Dani
    August 10th, 2012 07:07

    Are there any galleries in the US or Canada you plan to exhibit this year or next? I am dying to see your work in person.

  45. Niiv
    August 12th, 2012 09:05

    The costume is unbelievable! The beading and tassels really add a fantastic I’m utterly in love. That sweet secretive face, the color of her hair… She really IS my new favorite. Bravo on this masterpiece!