New Costumed Doll-The lovely Dunyazade.

12 years ago 7
Posted in: New Doll

I completed another costumed doll, her name is Dunyazade and she is the beloved, little sister of Scheherezade, my earlier doll. I’m still shooting her and working on her gallery in the Costumed doll section.

Dunyazade is wearing a one of a kind Sterling Silver head dress set with 19 faceted Amethysts, a one of a kind sterling silver filigree belt set with 12 faceted garnets, a Sterling silver necklace and sterling silver slippers.

Her dress is a dye sublimation print made from the original, embroidered piece worn by her older sister. This method of ornament reproduction presents all kinds of exciting costuming possibilities for me because it can be reinvented and reinterpreted in many different ways while keeping the original idea at the core. And as you know, I love experimenting. And while the print is only a reflection of the original embroidery and lacks the amazing spledor of actual sparkiling jeweles, pearls, gemstones, beads and silver, it also lacks the incredible weight of original, embroidered costumes. This gives a different feel to the printed costume, making it light, flowing and very practical, because it allows the doll underneath it to maintain the same degree of movement, while heavy, jeweled costumes inevitably restrict some movement with their sheer weight.

The other upside of the printed dress is that i redesign the piece and simplify the pattern, which allows for very simple removal of the costume with usually one zipper on the back, while the original embridered pieces are somewhat more complicated to remove and put back on because of their sophisitcated design and structural complexity of the pattern and bead work.

Having said that, nothing is quite as grand or amazing as a tiny, embroidered and bejeweled dress, sparkling and heavy with Austrian crystals, Rubies and Pearls! A dress which is smothered in splendor! Some sacrifices are necessary to accommodate this.

Basically, any medium one choosed has its’ own set of limitations and advantages over the other. It’s a constant give and take, and in choosing to emphasize one aspect, another must be given up. I always do my best to strike a fair balance and negotiate between simplicity and beauty.

But ultimate beauty is almost never easy or simple.

7 Responses

  1. noxy says:

    I truly love this doll. Her pose is awesome. I can’t wait to see her Gallery! Woot! Great job on her. I think the sublimation print of her dress is still gorgeous, even if it’s just print and not the real embroidery. :D

  2. Spatula says:

    Bravo, Marina! Seeing your work is like drinking from a deep, clear well.

  3. Cloudy-Chan says:

    She is absolutely stunning, I love the idea of printing the embroidery onto cloth simple yet stunning.
    Cannot wait to see your Frankenstein’s bride doll still, but I guess I will have to wait, I bet her costume will be grand! I have ideas in my head already

  4. Sarandipitty says:

    I love the combination of tightly fitted areas and flared areas. The pose is perfect too in this picture. Sexy attitude. Wrapping her hair around her arm was a great touch to convey the emotion.

  5. x says:

    Hello. I really love your work and you seem very nice……..but I’m troubled by the Ebay auction for Lily that occured in January. Several bidders were willing to spend around $15000 but only one was willing to spend $40000. The person who inflated/shilled the price from 15 to 40 had no intention of winning the auction: the person had over 700 bid retractions in the previous six months. This seems sooo wrong….if the deal went through then the winner was scammed for $25000. I’m not saying that you had anything to do with it or have any knowledge about the circumstances but it just seems so wrong…..I guess if someone was willing to bid 40 and could afford to do so then “that is that” but shilling is simply wrong. Could you please shed any light whatsoever on the details of this auction? Thank You.

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