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Art Dolls and Dollmaking: Fashion and Costume Design

Updated on August 15, 2014
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Laura likes retro, vintage, old things. Choosing to preserve or repurpose is her dilemma - can't change your mind once started.


Become a Fashion or Costume Designer

Wish you could be a fashion designer? Dream of being a costume designer? You can become an art doll maker and be a fashion and costume designer, in smaller sizes.

Take all those dreams of being a fashion designer, making all the clothes you dream up or see in glossy magazines and put them on a doll of your own creation. You can make art dolls like fashion models. You don't have to make something for children in order to make a doll.

If you love vintage but can't fit yourself into the clothes or spend the money on any extras for your wardrobe. Art dolls can wear whatever you make for them. Look back in history, far back and pick any historical period you like. You can become a costume designer and suit the doll you make to the dress you want to design.

Don't be afraid of the art dolls.

My first exposure to art dolls was from a friend who showed me the art dolls she was making. They were not what I expected. For one thing they were not symmetrical, they were not soft and cuddly or pretty and well dressed. They were ugly. Seriously ugly. I didn't know what to say when she asked me what I thought. She thought they were great and of course, she wanted to hear the same back from me.

Art dolls are not the old fashioned, standard Raggedy Ann dolls. Not every art doll is meant to be cuddled, they aren't all made from rags and given hand-me-down clothes and yarn for hair. If you make an art doll the focus is on the art. Turning a doll into something more than a child's toy.

Of course, you can make any kind of doll. There isn't an unofficial rule that every art doll must be ugly to the eye of the beholder or uncuddly with pointy edges. An art doll can be as snuggly as the art doll maker wants to create. It's all up to the person making the doll.


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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I have made a couple dolls. They are fun. I had old pieces of a quilt that belonged to my grandma and I made the dress from that. I've bought homemade ones at craft show. Love the little wedding couple too. Voted up.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      The wedding couple attracted my eye right away too.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Love the wedding couple. They are so cute. I have often thought of making dolls, but am not ready to start another hobby/obsession.