Thursday, 7 August 2014


Last week we got all fancy with a special trip to the London Coliseum to watch the beautiful ballet Coppelia. As usual, the excitement of something creative got the juices flowing and my mind really wondering!

 You can get tickets to see Coppelia here

It's the story of a toymaker (who i hope is just a little bit old and lonely) who wishes nothing more than for the doll he has made to come to life Pinocchio style. Unfortunately for him, he finds himself caught up in the middle of this couples relationship dramas and when he thinks his (sliiiightly creepy) dream is finally realised, it dawns on him that he was just a part of one big wind up! (sorry) He forgives the naughty pranksters and the couple get married and live happily ever after!

On a serious note, it really was stunning. The set design was all enchanting, the costumes were beautiful and the dancing was super doopa mesmerising. Just like you would hope for from this kind of traditional entertainment.
But it did get me thinking about how the world has this fascination with dolls and this mysticalness where they might just come alive. From Toy Story to Missy Elliot dance moves to another classic ballet; The Nutcracker, it did get me thinking why are we so obsessed?

We love doll eyes, dolly birds, dolly dresses, killer doll movies; one of my best Halloween costumes was as an evil dead doll! We love all things dolls! There's even Valeria Lukyanova the human doll! She really loves dolls!

Susan Cooper. Halloween Doll.

Valeria Lukyanova

They make the perfect fashion friendship too. They fit the beauty ideal that the more facial symmetry the more beautiful. They're composed, slim and elegant, never talk or get embarrassed, it makes the idea of a real 'them', the dream clothes horse. Then there is the no personality thing, this can add a nice bit of eeriness. Im sure this is a result of us watching years of horror movies, but the thought that if by some miracle, they did come alive, wouldnt they be all mean and scary because they wouldn't know feeling or empathy. But anyway, this eeriness, I don't believe the fashion world would be opposed to it, its an industry that likes to make a statement after all!

Vogue Spain Jan 2013.

Tim Walker's Mechanical Dolls for Vogue.

Tim Walker for Vogue. The Nutcracker Prince Concept

Italian Vogue. Lindsey Wixson.

I guess ultimately, it just comes down to the simple fact that dolls, barbies etc, are the perfect versions of us! They're toys, things to spark imagination or just look at but they all have one thing in common, they're 'perfect'.
I wont go too deep because this little blog post could easily turn into dissertation proportions but just watch the brilliant Ryan Gosling movie Lars and the Real Girl if you haven't seen it already. It's a nice example of a doll / human relationship...if that's what you'd call it.

And while were talking movies...80's classic Mannequin is amazing!! watch it too!!