Cixi’s Dress in progress

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Cixi has been a work in progress for several months now. Although the embroidery on her dress is not finished, she is participating in her second show. I thought that I might as well have a picture of her dress here. I should have her finished in the next 2 months, I think. I can’t wait. I love how she is coming along. She is not available for sale yet, but I will announce her availability once she is finished.

51 Responses

  1. kelly says:

    That is amazing. I’m not sure what else to say… amazing. How about, “Wow!” ???

  2. Marina says:

    I’m afraid that “Wow” is just not good enough. I would like some more adjectives in there, please.

  3. Marina says:

    I’m totally kidding; just in case the smiley face didn’t convey that.

  4. helvella says:

    I really like Cixi, she’s one of my absolute favorites of yours. I love her hair with all it’s ornamentation, the light in her eyes, and the fact that she was based on a real and fascinating person.

  5. helvella says:

    … and of course the dress is gorgeous. Love the colors. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  6. Uyek says:

    Helvella has said everything already that I was thinking.
    This is one of my favourites of your dolls to “keep an eye on” … she’s always, always been beautiful but its lovely to follow your continued work on her.

  7. Hazel says:

    I don’t think there are enough adjectives in the English language to describe Cixi. ;D
    I loved her in those photos where she wears only those exquisite hair accessories. And I now love her even more after seeing her with that amazing, amazing dress!

  8. Jayne says:

    Digging around hopelessly for thesaurus!
    Nope, WOW will have to do! Hard to say much else when your jaw is bouncing around on your feet :)
    Luv Jayne

  9. daniseyu says:

    i think Wuzetian is a better name for her,lol.anyway i love her dress and her hair.u amazing marina

  10. Eiko says:

    I think Cixi looks absolutely gorgeous. The amount of detail on her dress and hairpiece is amazing.

  11. Her Dress seems more… apricot coloured now, whereas it used to seem scarlet or flame orange.

    She is an incrdibly exquisite doll, she definately looks like she could rule an empire… she almost seems like a deity to me.. I’d worhsip her :-)

    I just noticed – you put her fan up into her headdress, and there seems to be an extra plait behind it too??

  12. Marina says:

    How very observant of you, Monika. I did add more hair to her…um, hair. She still has her original fan, but i found another piece of painted Abalone shell, an oval one this time, and I thought it would look really nice as another decorative element in her crown. One that echos the fan.

  13. Beth L says:

    She looks amazing, Marina! Her dress looks stunning. Is it heavy?

    She is one of my favorites of your dolls in progress! I cannot wait to see her completed dress.

  14. Ariel says:

    Cixi is the first ED doll I “met”, on flickr. I only commented on the ED forum the other day how I loved the way she carried a story with nothing but her powerful faceup and hair. The gown adds to her story.

    The changes to her hair seem to elevate her station with extra formality too. Before she looked like the “preparative concubine” filled with expectations. With the robe and the more elaborate hairdo, she looks like she’s reached the next stage of eminence, a woman who has Arrived.

    She’s gorgeous.

  15. Crystal says:

    I remember reading in your blog about that printing device you use to put your designs on material, that is such a smart way of doing it! I love how you used the complementary colors of peachy pink and the turquoise blue, the contrast is so mesmerizing to the eyes!

  16. Andres says:

    you are a total role model of mine, I will work so hard to be just as great as you some day. Gorgeous by the way, I must say, Cixi is one of my favorites besides Alice :) keep being awesome

  17. Nancy says:

    She seems to radiate an air of ethereality. And her dress very much reminds me of the clothing of that period. I love how your dolls are reminiscent of such a variety of cultures but retain your unique artistic touch.
    …Can’t wait to see how she turns out!

  18. silvana says:

    Hi, Marina, wow, is amazing Cixi embroidery dress. Im very, very busy, and cant to visit more quietly your blog, first i need to translate your text for more compreenshion, and you cant to have a little idea who is dificult for me, when my baby and my husbando cant stop to call me…
    I see the resin doll, oh my they are so beautifull!!!!!

  19. Annina says:

    silvana, in case you don’t know it, google translate is very helpful!
    you can enter text, or also the site adress, which will give you the site fully translated.

  20. Erin says:

    I can’t wait to see more photos :)

  21. I’m just tickled seeing how you use your passion for your Enchanted Dolls as well as your love for jewelry/beading and other art forms. It really is a match made in heaven.

  22. Anelise says:

    Whenever I see Cixi- I always think she will transform into a dragon. There is something so beautiful and terrifying about her. The dress finished will be amazing to see, but I did also love the unadorned, painted one.

  23. Doreen Snyder says:

    Marina she is perfection!!!

  24. joan says:

    i think the doll and outfit are perfection.

  25. Astera says:

    Lovely costume. The new wig is an architectural prodigy. Is it heavy (compared to the doll ;))? Are you using the new magnet technique to keep it in place?

  26. mimmmi says:

    Hi, please when will be the exhibition in Berlin? thanks very much

  27. Gio_V says:

    Не уж кто то способен создавать нечто на столько прекрасное….Спасибо вам за ваш талант, спасибо за ваше трудолюбие, спасибо вам за то, что вы русская (хотя бы по происхождению) и позволяете нашим за вас гордится. Ваши куклы – нечто, что видишь раз в жизни и не забываешь никогда.

  28. ~joanna says:


    She is such a exquisite piece of work, Marina. Just breathtaking.

    The details, absolutely beautiful… and from hear i am just looking at a photograph.

    I would probably be speechless actually looking at the work, all of it.

    Thank you so much for sharing, someone is going to be the proud owner of a beautiful piece of art.

    ~joanna from Florida

  29. Leigh in ME says:

    Marina, you have probably mentioned this in a previous blog entry…

    But do you embroider on fabric loose or do you use an embroidery hoop?

    Just wondering :)

  30. jslord says:

    Marina, thank you SO MUCH for posting new photos of Cixi. I could look at her forever. In fact, I do. I have made a file of her pictures, and I look at them all the time (she is not alone in that file), which is a wonderful blessing whenever I have had too much New York and need to escape to a place of sheer beauty.
    Cixi is exquisite. Absolutely perfect in every detail.

  31. adelina says:

    I am simply in love with your dolls.

  32. gxaski says:

    Вы потрясающе талантливый творец! Ваши творения совершенны

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