Here I am, back again talking about my amazing experience at the 2015 Italian Doll Convention.
The most important event of the convention is, of course, the gala dinner. Before it we had a lovely time in the hotel lobby sipping some drinks and chatting with everybody and then we were welcomed to the ballroom where the gala dinner took place. I have a video of the moment when all the conventioneers were welcomed to the room but I’ll upload it later.
Needless to say everything looked amazing. My table was called Paella and my beautiful friend Monica was out table host. Together with Luis (Mon-Lew C&D) she created a beautiful and sweet table gift.
I don’t want to brag, but we had one of the best tables in the house! Here are some more images of our table gift.
In the middle of each table there was a center piece with a sweets cart made by Catia Destro and a blonde Barbie by Carlotta Mascaretti that was inviting you to take some sweets and just enjoy the evening. We also had a special guest: Rosa Lusa, a Portuguese conventioneer that travels around the world to all the conventions and spreads love and joy. You can see her journey HERE.
We also received a lot of amazing gifts from the other table guests. Here are some of them. I need to take a photo of everything I have received but my luggage is still all over the place.
We got a tone of sweets, an AMAZING airplane travel kit from Doug Martinez, a fashion set also gifted by him and tons more. Too many things to count.
Just next to our table there was the display with all of the dolls that were won during the charity auction. They looked so much better IRL. I loved each and everyone of them.
The gala was full of all sorts of amazing moments. Marl B won the Barbie award for her special role in the Barbie and doll collectors community and Antonio Russo, Mario Paglino and Mattel announced a special Barbie expo that will take place in September in a museum in Milan. More info about it will be revealed soon.
At Ibrahim’s table I got to meet the amazing Joe Blitman. I was so nervous about this that I didn’t know what to say to him. Yes, I know. Silly girl.
After we had some delicious food, drank an really, really nice white Italian whine, we saw a video from Mattel with 20 questions for each of the Barbie Collector designers: Bill, Linda, Robert and Carlyle. It was fun, but I would have liked to see some sneaks instead of this. I guess Mattel is even more obsessed now about controlling everything. Btw, hello there, Mattel legal department!!!! Are you enjoying my blog? Looking forward to more shitty emails from you! XOXO
Anyway, back to our convention. Just before the reveal of the convention doll, Mario announced the theme for next year’s convention: IDC Goes to the US! So much fun! I can’t wait to see what they have prepared for us. Doug Martinez, you promised you’ll attend.
As you already have seen, the convention doll is called Sweet Delizia and it was made by Magia 2000. I’ll be uploading later a video with the making of this doll. So much work and love went into this doll. More than 1000 hours of work so we can have a beautiful and unique doll. 25 of the conventioneers that helped with the convention got a pink variation of the doll. Really “hating” Rogier right now because he got one of them.
This beautiful evening ended with a dance party where we danced to Madonna’s music like crazy and relaxed. I think I got to the hotel at around 3 o’clock in the morning exhausted but happy.
This concludes the second part of my mini vacation at IDC 2015. Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about the Sunday sales room and the artists I saw over there.