Saturday, February 13, 2010

the uber-fashion-dolls

Mooqla is a Russian brand of porcelain dolls which look like aliens inhabiting half-Japanese teenage girls' skinny bodies. They have weirdness and growing pains written all over them. And they're ugly. So ugly that they're beautiful. Each one of them has a name and a biography -- from what I understand, they're all financially secure but very troubled young women (that section of the brand's website is in reconstruction) -- and a three digit price (again, from hear-say, since the online shop is also in reconstruction). They're being swept off the shelves, and high-brow magazines feature pictorials with them, sometimes containing nude photos. Below, my own favorite, Lora. After seeing her, you'll never be able to look at a Barbie again.

So far so good. Ready for more? The Enchanted Dolls: the most beautiful thing I've seen in months. Made of porcelain, the kind that NEVER loses color (how I love when material things are long-lasting). Some of them have gorgeous tattoos and costumes, but my favorite are the nudes. My heart skipped a bit when I saw this:

And they have silk hair. Also, pubic hair:

This is one of my favorite faces:

And when I thought it just couldn't get any better, I found the following - part of a project called 'State Property':

Well, after these breathtaking pictures, Mooqlas seem ordinary to me (I know they're not; I suppose they could hold a candle to the Enchanted..). Being ugly to be beautiful is, after all, the easier way. In times when beauty is supposed to be boring, the Enchanted enthrall with their old-fashioned handsomeness. Yes, yes, there's also the 'ugliness' of the deconstructed joints. Oh, but those faces...I wonder how long before someone claims that these dolls promote anorexia. What a dull statement that would be. Well...the master of the Enchanted, Marina Bychkova, organizes a yearly birthday contest: anyone can send her an artwork inspired by the Enchanted Dolls, as a birthday present. Anything goes: painting, music, poetry, embroidery, woodcuts etc. The author of her favorite gift will get a porcelain nude. Quite a reward, considering the doll's four digit price. If i had that money, i'd spend it on an Enchanted Doll without a second thought. I'm wondering if any of my baby-shoes could possibly stand a chance in that contest...cause my poetry definitely sucks.


  1. at least they are toys..) nice to look at, good discovery! you shouldn't want one of those though, you should be wanting a good photographer)

  2. ))

    well, but i still want one of those...It says on the website that it's possible to order special features, like tattoos, for instance...I'm wondering if she also does scars!

  3. u want a voodoo doll?)