Infinite Pursuit of Beauty
I love the beautifully ornate runway fashions of Guo Pei, so I customized this doll in her lavish style--inspired by her bell-shaped gown in her Spring 2018 collection. In an interview, Guo Pei explained her devotion to extravagant embellishment saying, "I want to express an infinite pursuit of beauty." The phrase stuck with me, and I named this doll project "Infinite Pursuit of Beauty."
The underlying doll is a French resin 16" fashion BJD, made in Korea by Jigamaree. They sold her under the name "Hana" and "Dae Jang Geum." She was sold with a beautiful wardrobe, but I bought her nude and unpainted. Her delicate sculpting is wonderful.
I fabricated her skirt from copper mesh and decorated it with jewelry, lace, and crystals. It is worn over a body suit (also decorated with elements like the skirt) and a leather corset with attached slip. Her wig is adorned with a fan and a spray of beads and rods (inspired by fireworks). Her shoes are commercially made but I ornamented them with flowers and crystals to match her skirt.
Finally, I made a beautiful custom box to transport her in safely. The skirt is large and doesn't fit into her original box. The outfit can be removed but it requires removing the head and unstringing the torso. It's an advantage of strung dolls -- but still tedious.
I made this doll special for a fundraiser being hosted by MetroDolls Doll Club. Every other year, the club brings artists and fashion doll collectors together for a luncheon with a vintage fashion display, delicious lunch, vendors, and a charity sale of art dolls donated by artists and collectors. They choose a different charity for each event and raise $10 - $25,000. It's loads of work for the club, but a wonderful event. This doll will find a new home at the event on November 10, 2019 in Redbank, NJ. For more info: metrodolls.blogspot.com/
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