Wednesday, 30 September 2009

My Harvey Nichols Doll Display

After the success of my graduate show at graduate fashion week at Earls Court in June. I was contacted by the design department of Harvey Nichols to produce a commission for them. I spent the whole summer handmaking each doll. Including sourcing fabrics and sewing to create 24 life size fabric dolls.

The dolls are contemporary fashion craft, that are used as mannequins to display the current Autumn/Winter 2009 designer clothing. Designed to look like a fashion catwalk audience, the escalators are the catwalk for the customers. The dolls, are the fashion elite, with notebooks, magazines and bottles of champange, for watching the fashion show passing by.

The dolls are made from a variety of fabrics, some of them are cord, velvet, cotton, jersey and silk. The hair is made from layers of wool, the eyes are buttons. The rest of the face is made up out of fabric. The stiching is exposed all around the edge of the bodies, to emphasis that they are handmade dolls.

The dolls are situated instore, at the escalator display space. Across 3 floors, in 6 sets of 4 dolls, up and down the escalators. At Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge flagship department store. On show for London Fashion Week Septmeber 18th, through to the beginning of November before the Christmas period displays.

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