I was pleased to see on Pullipstyle.com a new set of lolita brand clothing dolls – this time making their debut from the stylings of Mitsukazu Mihara (famed artist of the Gothic and Lolita Bible) and the beloved punk/gothic lolita line, Baby the Stars Shine Bright’s Alice and the Pirates!
For a refresher course on Mitsukazu Miharu, here’s a few samples of her artwork:
Here you can see the artwork the dolls were based off of (cover of the GLB Vol. 41):
And here are the adorable dolls in question!
This couple features Pullip as an elegant Gothic blonde ‘Nella’, with little-brother-like kodona Isul, in this model dubbed ‘Johan’, both in matching black velvet. If you’ve been looking to add a sweet street style dressed boy to your collection, Isul often dresses in a kodona look. In fact, he’s even been touted as the ‘boy lolita’, dressed in one plaid and black outfit that features a sumptuous bonnet and knickerbockers. These dolls are currently on pre-order for their November release.
In further collaboration, Kera magazine’s Kera Shop and Alice and the Pirates also designed the same outfits for sale in human sizes. Unfortunately Nella’s outfit seems to have sold out like hot cakes!
I love the sad, ‘confused’ style of face-up on this waifish pair! My big hope is that with the addition of Alice and the Pirates to the Pullip world, that perhaps Baby the Stars Shine Bright collaborations are next. Can you just imagine these flush-cheeked dolls in Baby’s signature rabbit or heart-shaped aprons, or perhaps a opulent Doll Heroine bonnet and gown?
Besides the Alice and the Pirates dolls, Dangerous Nude has also collaborated with Pullip to produce a pink version of this year’s Alice in Wonderland homage, ‘Romantic Alice’. She features beautifully blonde and tawny variegated hair and elaborate lacy tea-colored pinafore. Apparently dressing like your doll is big in Japan (or perhaps a welcome alternative for those who either prefer to purchase the doll, or those who prefer to wear the item), because you can also buy the matching human-sized outfit, with matching pinafore. The look is somehow mori meets lolita meets street style all at once with layers of mocha lace, bubblegum pink fabric, and spunky polka dots. Kera Shop is selling both.
In my own dolly world, I recently scored a new collapsible Barbie house (the 2002 ‘Talking Townhouse’ model shown above… mine still insists in a robotic voice that Barbie prefers a diet of chicken nuggets, pizza, soda, and cake while watching the ‘Shopping Show’) at a local flea market for a paltry $5. While the house is in played-with condition, I’m in love with the townhouse shape and soaring Gothic windows. The current palette is lilac and mint, but I have the notion to give it a healthy coat of white spray paint and perhaps contact-paper wallpaper to fashion it into a Gothic or Victorian rowhouse. It’d be the perfect place for Gothic lolita Nella and my other doll-crush, Innocent World’s Tiphona. My current endeavor is how to remove the modular furniture from the upstairs – who would put a shower stall in a bedroom?! I’ve already managed to remove the low bed, but the other pieces have remained steadfastly stubborn. Hopefully I’ll end up with an adorable turn-of-the-century Pullip house to show you!