Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Doll's House

Andrew's Siamese twins, wearing a half emerald green, and half black dress.

Andrew Yang, who just left his job as a Designer at Dennis Basso, the infamous furrier to many an uptown dame, has spent the last year making $50,000 fur coats by day, while handcrafting pouting, couture wearing dolls by night.  At the close of Fashion Week, Andrew took 10 of his creations, and displayed them in a show called Blushing Muslin, named for the scraps of the tailor's pattern making cloth from which each doll is constructed.

Well, if you're going to be all creepy and make dolls, you may as well make them extra f'in frightening, and Andrew makes a point of constructing completely deranged looking dolls, who always have an accompanying maudlin storyline, usually involving a certain amount of sexual frustration that only a doll can have.  We have the Siamese twins that hate each other, the overweight and sexually promiscuous Beth doll, and the runway (lesbian?) Indian princess and her handmaiden who have been caught and face execution.  These aren't Jason Wu's sterling little princesses.  I applaud Andrew for making dolls of every ethnicity and bodytype (even of the mermaid variety), although I definitely was a little pissed off that there wasn't an Asian girl doll, although Andrew says that he has a geisha girl in the works, along with a half boy/half girl thing for you transgendered kids out there.  And if somehow you don't fall into any of these categories of freakishness, and you have, say, $600 or so to spare, he will even make a doll version of yourself.  Unfortunately, my pictures from the opening, which we guest hosted, came out completely crappy as usual, but I found these on Andrew's facebook.

This is one of my favorite outfits, made from Ralph Lauren black and white checked scraps, and matched with black hightops.  I would wear this if there was a real girl sized version!

Sleeping Beauty.  Andrew uses wigs, weaves and even animal fur for the doll's hair.

The overweight nymphomaniac doll, Beth, looks like she's wearing lots of layers, but she's just fat.

The Indian princess (left), and her handmaiden/lesbian lover?  You can't really see in these pictures, but all of the dolls have fake eyelashes affixed to their gigantic doe eyes.

Snejana, one of Andrew's first dolls, wearing a Dennis Basso fur coat, to match her wicked white Mongolian lambswool coiffure.

Andrew, sandwiched by Jimmy and myself.


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grace said...

wow wow.. what stylistic panache! and the dennis basso fur? i love that fashion and art meet in the middle in so many different ways. and such a unique hobby definitely deserves some blog love.

thanks for keeping us informed!

May Kasahara said...

love creepy dolls.
the conjoined twins are awesome.

heartofpearl ♡ said...

i love the sleeping beauty!! legs look so real and properly shaped! x

Alicia/InstantVintage said...

Amazing. I love it - they're like Grimm fairytale dolls, but much more interesting.

Georgie said said...

This are fantastic, I find dolls creepy enough as it is but these are uber creepy. I still would love him to make my very own version with accompanying storyline. I wonder what he would come up with for me.

woodley park-zoo said...

AH the dolls are cool but the best part of this post for me is seeing you in your hat with that perfect lean and tilt... fabulous!

May Kasahara said...

They were from Butter Consignment on Atlantic Avenue.

Great stuff + they are having extra discounts on Fall stuff (30% off most of the store)

wolfwhistle said...

These are amazing! I can't pick a favourite but they're just the right mix of creepy/cool. And I love the back stories...

thesearchforchic said...

Dolls really, really scare me. :(