The industry of fantasy.

10 years, 10 months ago 17
Posted in: Doll Accessories

A little while ago I made a doll for a friend of mine, Fabrizio Viti.

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Fabrizio and I talking dolls.

He is a mega doll collector who resides in Paris and who has the most fantastic collection of fashion dolls and their fashions. Not only that, but he also has an abundance of custom made, couture designer outfits and accessories for them, such as a collection of tiny Prada purses, French perfumes and Louis Vuitton shoes and bags. His dolls also have designer furniture and furs and high end silks and laces for dresses. They have their own room, but the favorite ones sleep by the foot of his bed in a gorgeous custom made designer bed with Chinchilla fir lining. He has trunks and trunks of vintage fashion doll outfits too and the center piece of his immaculately furnished living room is the famous vintage ponytail Barbie in the zebra bathing suit. I touched it and it was glorious.

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Some fancy doll purses. Louis Vuitton, Prada, and another Louis Vuitton.

His dolls dress better and have the most expensive wardrobe of any woman I know. They look like runway models in Luxury designer labels and they must be the most spoiled dolls in the world.

Did I mention that Fabrizio is the head shoe designer for a luxury fashion label Louis Vuitton?

We met while I was in Paris past fall, showing my dolls and I had a little peek into the world of fashion. One of the first things Fabrizio had said to me when we went for lunch the following day, or the one after, was that both him and I worked in the same industry-the industry of fantasy. I thought it was a very interesting comparison, and was surprised that I hadn’t thought of it that way before even though it was kind of obvious.

Next week Chad and I were invited to his place where we had a great time. I brought my Edie with me and Fabrizio and I had an awesome play date with all his dolls and pretty things while Chad and Fabrizio’s friend who was visiting him that weekend, looked on as if we were two crazy people. Fabrizio kept pulling out box after box after box of doll clothes. It was nuts. The guy is a really passionate doll collector! Anyway we had lots of fun. I modeled some paris of Louise Vuitton shoes Fabrizio brought for me but had to work very hard to look as graceful as those models on the runway and i’m only half their height. It’s been a while since i wore heels and I was terrible, but i’ve gotten used to them since.

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My Enchanted Doll shoe inside my Louis Vuitton shoe.

Yes, I had a great time in Paris. It is truly a city of beauty, vibrancy and decadence. It was a very exciting trip and I met some very interesting people while there and became extremely inspired by what i saw. I have no doubt that the experience is already influencing my work in a way that didn’t exist previously and will be doing so for years to come. Magical things happen in Paris.

17 Responses

  1. noxy says:

    wow, that sounds fascinating! Does Fabrizio have a website for his dolls? I’d LOVE to see pics of his collection and all the things he has for them!

  2. Katui says:

    i like that–industry of fantasy. do you think that one day your studio will be a factory? That will be great because your dolls will be more affordable! sorry, just kidding. this way is better. plus, i can’t bear the thought that that Edie or Kia turned into a too commercial product. spooky.

  3. Lumina says:

    little purses and parfumes, I have to admit it is beautiful :)!

  4. Valerie says:

    That is amazing. I’ve always loved creating all the little trinkets for my dolls but those are really remarkable. And that silver shoe you’ve created is out of this world! ;)

  5. Anne (UK) says:

    What an amazing time you must have had and Fabrizio’s doll collection sounds out of this world!
    Are you attending the Paris Fashion Doll Show in March?

  6. Ilona says:

    Hi Marina,

    It’s good to know that you also had a really wonderful time in Paris apart from all the stress and running around!

    Fabrizio’s collection sounds incredible; I wish I could afford a bit more for my own dolls!

    I wonder- when at Fabrizio’s, were you inspired to think of getting a tiny Prada bag or Louis Vuitton shoes for your girls? :)

  7. terri says:

    Which doll did you create for him?

  8. Marina says:

    It was a combination of Camelia and Edie. Mostly Camelia.

  9. Lumina says:

    wow, i just can´t imagine how beutiful is that doll :)

  10. Kamila says:

    Sounds like a fairy tale…

    I like to call art (all art) BWL: Big White Lie. That’s all it is, really, but we’d miss it if it was gone…

  11. Mayple says:

    oh my god…. he MUST have good taste since my dream doll of yours has always been a combination of mostly camellia and edie *gasp* I wish I could see what she turned out like

  12. Anastasia says:

    I love this post so much. I love that he has mini designer accesories for his dolls. You two should collaborate to have a high fashion Enchanted Doll series that could have its own editorial spread in Vogue or W. Sigh. If only…

  13. leo buco jr. says:

    i love d enchanted doll shoe it’s a killer Marina.

  14. leo buco jr. says:

    enchanted dolls,costumes nd d accessories my god what else can i say i wish i have ur talent Marina.

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