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Okay, so maybe it’s because the dolls of my childhood always wore the same expressions…happy, smiling faces; eyes filled with mirth and joy…that I’ve grown to adore the wicked ones as an adult. A little disdain, that “I’m so over it” attitude, an evil little pout…that’s the stuff that stands out from the crowd. And nobody does it better than the Baroness Agnes Von Weiss. She is a wonderfully fresh face among the blissed-out crowd – a special doll that doesn’t need to radiate benevolence to be beautiful. Hers is the elegance of a broken glass gaze and razor blade moue. And I love her all the more for it.

Twisted Miss

Twisted Miss

Sass and a Half

Sass and a Half

Today’s model is Nightfall Agnes from this year’s Integrity Toys’ Premiere convention. She is wearing her original fashion with the addition of a bracelet from Claires (an ear cuff for humans – re purposed to doll scale jewelry) and a necklace assembled by me from craft store jewelry components. I acquired her in a fabulous trade from another collector (thanks, Kimberly!). She sports the new Fashion Royalty body (an updated amalgam of FR & FR2). Her photo was taken in our living room, lit by morning sunlight coming through the glass door with a wooden door sample pressed into service as the background.

I Like A Girl

Who Is Sweet And Nice,

But I Love A Girl

Who’s Got Some Spice!

 

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As you well know by now, I love all my dollies. I seem to get as excited about a low-priced playline doll as I do over a limited edition, big-ticket one. Choosing a favorite is near impossible for me. However, there are certain dolls that I am especially fond of. One of my most beloved Fashion Royalty characters is Agnes. I have quite a tribe of them, since almost every incarnation has appealed to me. Her face mold is quite versatile – sometimes she looks wicked, angry, proud, thoughtful, pensive, shy and even sad. Any way, she is irresistible.

Party Girl Agnes

Party Girl Agnes

This week, I had an arrival from the land down under. Regal Estate Agnes. And boy, is she a beauty. Dare I say, she is one of my favorites? I brushed out her hair (it was remarkably free of heavy hair products, just soft and lovely) and dressed her in: Festive Decadence Agnes’ top, Great Pretender Lillith’s skirt, a recent FR belt (not sure who it came with), Diamond Society Eugenia’s shoes, Dark Narcissus Kyori’s purse, Optic Verve Agnes’ necklace, FR red crystal stud earrings and two FR bangle bracelets in silver and black. Her photo shoot took place in late evening sunlight and utilizes a section of outdoor fencing for the background.

I Don’t Play Favorites, But If I Did…You Know You’d Be The One.

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It may sound corny, but I think that the name Fashion Royalty is completely fitting. Integrity Toys produces dolls that are truly regal. I remember the dolls I grew up with and will forever think of them fondly. But if you had given me a Fashion Royalty doll as a kid, I would have thought I died and went to dollie-heaven.

Empress Agnes

Empress Agnes

Baroness Agnes Von Weiss, Firefly – an Oz  convention exclusive, looking every inch a ruler. She sits for her royal portrait wearing Tiny Kitty Collier’s Little Empress fashion. (As her body is more voluptuous than Miss Kitty’s, it won’t snap closed in the back.)  Agnes poses daintily on an etched,  spherical  lawn ornament from Hobby Lobby, with a bamboo placemat from T. J. Maxx for a background and a round, wooden printed placemat from Kohls for the floor.

Let Them Eat Cake

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Did you ever see the old animated movie The Snow Queen? I understand it’s based on the Hans Christian Andersen story. I think the original movie was Russian and released in the late  fifties. I picked up an English-dubbed version in Kmart a few years back. Unlike a lot of the saccharine fairy tales churned out lately, it was dark and scary. A real fairy tale with teeth. The Snow Queen was one mean villain. And since the weather is scary and wintry mean, I find it a fitting theme for today’s photo shoot.

Agnes The Snow Queen

Agnes The Snow Queen

High Gloss Agnes makes a properly wicked Snow Queen wearing Holiday Visions Barbie’s outfit. Deboxing this Barbie is not for the faint of heart – the dress is sewn onto the doll and is open in the back where the robe covers it. Not to mention she’s tied down so securely, you’ll need wire nippers, scissors, a seam ripper and plenty of patience to free her. But I like the way Agnes fills out the fashion. And I think it was totally worth braving the wild weather to capture her image as the Snow Queen.

All Hail The Snow Queen!

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It’s such fun when a new doll arrives. UPS dropped off a new one yesterday, but it wasn’t until today that I could free her from the box. It’s a whole ritual for me. I get out my tiny scissors, snipping the threads holding her down and set the gal free. Next, she sheds her wardrobe and gets a thorough hair washing – which is totally necessary because almost every doll seems to arrive with an excess amount of hair gel applied to her lovely tresses. After blotting her hair dry and combing and styling, just about every doll that comes here tries on a new outfit. Even if I love the original fashion, I like to try different looks. I guess it’s the kid in me.

Deconstructed Decadence Agnes

Deconstructed Decadence Agnes

My newest acquisition is Festive Decadence Agnes, from the W club. She is wearing her original jewelry: earrings, necklace and bracelet. Her dress is borrowed from Deconstruction Sight Eugenia and the coat is from the new W club fashion Wrapped in Decadence. Her photo backdrop is a dyed straw placemat. I love how the overcast sunlight coming in through my windows gives her a dramatically lit “Casablanca” feel.

Life Is Short – Be Dramatic

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