Here’s the post I’ve promised you with all the info and pictures from this year’s Italian Doll Convention. Because I’m an airhead I forgot to get my camera so I had to take the pictures with my iPhone. I so hate myself right now… Anyway I hope you’ll enjoy them.
Oh my I don’t even know with what to start! Let’s start with the gala dinner as I didn’t manage to go to the fashion show. I know…I know… Shame on me! I slept during the show! Oh boy…. But I was fresh for the gala dinner! My table host was the amazing Antonio Russo who is the president of the Italian Doll Club and has an amazing collection of 8000 dolls! Yes, 8000! Mostly vintage Barbie but also other dolls. He’s a lot of fun and I trully enjoyed staying at his table.
Just before the gala I met Kathie and Pete from San Diego. You may know Kathie from The Fashion Doll Review and her eBay store Kathie’s Fashion Dolls. They are such a fun couple and I had the time of my life talking to them. Their present for everybody at the table were some uber cute shoes made by Jennifer Sue. My dolls will soon rock those shoes like they never rocked another pair before. My present for everyone were some hand made and hand painted traditional vases from the northern part of my country. I can’t wait to see if someone will use them for their dioramas.
At the gala dinner we got a LOT of presents and I also won a Barbie Basics no 7 from the first wave. Yey! Each one of us had under our seat a picture of a flower and the owner of the camelia flower had to go to the front of the room and…play darts. Then, based on the points we got playing, we each got the chance to chose from a pile of very carefull wrapped presents. Some won dolls, some won other things with Barbie and I won the Basics doll. Yey! Then, based on the number I got assined when I sat down at the table I also won a Swarovski pen. Very, very cute!
Someone at my table won the center piece doll that was a beautifull OOAK made by a young Italian artist. There were some amazing center piece dolls in the room. I love each and everyone of them.
At one point a lady from Mattel Italia came on stage and talked about Barbie and their plans. I must admit the only thing that stuck with me was about the OOAK dolls created with the support of Cosmopolitan magazine and made to resemble fashions made by well known Italiand designers. We got the latest Cosmopolitan issue that features the first doll designed for Simona Barbieri. I managed to see the actual doll also while I was visiting Milan the same day and you can see her below. Very pretty. The clothes are very well made.
After this presentation the one and only Robert Best came on stage. All I can say is that you can feel his love for his job and for Barbie. Every fiber of his being tells the story of his passion. He showed us an amazing video from behind the scenes and talked about his team at Mattel that helps him create his beautiful dolls. He also talked about the Atelier collection and his inspiration. At the end of the presentation we were shown a new Silkstone that will be produced in 2013. We were not allowed to take pictures so I’ll just describe her to you:
She is platinum blonde with a sidepart hairstyle and low ponytail, her dress is all black, made out of lace and has the classic Dior siluette. The upper part is like a body with a sweetheart neckline and over with a sheer bodice that comes up to the base of the neck and has no sleeves. The dress come down to just below the knees and has a sheer lace cape that covers everything. She also wears black pointed shoes and net stockings. Just amazing! My words don’t do her justice! Also we were announced that the next celebrity silkstone line will be…Elizabeth Taylor. The dolls will come out next year and will use the original facemold that was aproved by Elizabeth herself.
This was such a heartfelt presentation. It actually moved me and made me apreciate Robert and his work even more. Amazing man! Amazing talent. Thank you Mario and Gianni for bringing him to IDC!
At the end of the gala dinner we all got the convention doll. As you already know she’s the Platinum Blonde Hope Diamond and she’s beautiful! Now I have them both and I can’t be happier! Here are the real pictures of her and my autograph from Robert.
Of course after the dinner we went to the lobby and had drinks and laughed all night! I stayed with some amazing ladies that I trully must mention:
- Antonella Piussi is a sweet, sweet lady that was the very first Italian Barbie collector and organized the first doll conventions 20 years ago. I met her a day before the convention when I went to eat at a restaurant and she aproched me asking me if I’m there for the convention. Of course I was so we ended up having dinner together. After that she showed me the amazing dolls she had for sale at the Sunday sales room. She’s a very well known dealer so if you are ever interested in dolls feel free to contact her.
- Nicoletta Ruta is the biggest Superstar fan I have ever met! She has a beautiful collection of rare Superstar dolls that you can see on her Flickr. I’ve known her from the net for some time now and I finally got a chance to meet her. Love you girl!
- Ilenia Pizzo a great and crazy Superstar fan that has been living in the UK for the past 8 years. Together with her I’ve decided to create a Superstar fan club and name Nicoletta as president.
The second day was the day of the sales room. A lot of great dolls but the prices were kind of high… I saw there dolls that were sold for more than in the US plus shipping! So I just ended up looking around and getting a Bennetton Barbie from Cristina Lemmi, another great seller and a specialist in Barbie clones and the history of Tanya, an Italian fashion doll. I also saw some amazing OOAK creations including a Barbie that has diamonds in her eyes! Talk about Sparkling Eyes Barbie. Wow! There was also an OOAK contest but I didn’t manage to stay until the winner was announced as I had to get to the airport. Unfortunately I didn’t win anything at the raffle but had a lot of fun keeping my fingers crossed. Lol! Check out the pictures below. You’ll also see there the amazing OOAK creations that were sold at the charity auctions. They managed to raise 20.000 euros for Fondazione Blu. Yuhuu! Great job guys. Be carefull…there are a LOT of pictures there so please have patience until they are all loded.
Well this was it guys! A big shout also to Francesco and Ibrahim and all the other amazing collectors I’ve met. Loved you all and I can’t wait to meet you again!
And…I’m out! Going to sleep… See you all next year at…Italian Doll Convention Goes Musical!