A few days ago Emilia Couture has announced that she will only create high fashion OOAK dolls from now on because of the problems she’s encountered with the manufacturing factories. Here’s her statement:
So far Inamorata dolls have existed somewhere between the limited edition high end fashion doll market and the OOAK art dolls. We have done both, but due to the creative limitation posed by factories Emilia has decided to concentrate on OOAK dolls. She says that factory management and quality control she does not have enough time for the creative work and hates that she has to constantly compromise with the factory’s inability to produce the original concepts. “It is like making ready-to-wear instead of haute couture, and I want to make haute couture”. The factory painters also lack the capacity to breath a life into the dolls eyes – a point well illustrated by the fact Charmeuse (LE5) has been our most sought after LE doll as all 5 were hand painted by Emilia instead of the factory painted LEs based on Emilia’s prototype.
So, from this point on Inamorata name will only stand for 16″ haute couture art dolls. This means all the dolls will be hand painted by Emilia; all the fashions hand made by her. There will be small collections of OOAKs prepared for different doll expos around the world (schedules to be released later) and of course you will still be able to commission OOAK dolls like before. We are also considering the option of releasing blank nude dolls as this is requested almost daily, but we haven’t yet decided when and how: will they be ordered by commissions, or preordered in small patches of particular sculpt and skin tone made available periodically.
I think it’s a sad but wise decision. I’m sure there will not be a shortage of doll collectors that what such an exqusit and high end fashion doll in their collection.
The first doll presented after the release of the above statement is a gorgeous Charo sculpt in latte skin tone called Vatiter. She’s a private commision but we can still admire her.
You can see more of this gorgeous lady on Emilia’s Flickr.