My four precious Iplehouse dolls have just come back to me from a face-up, so I will (slowly so as to prolong the pleasure!) start showing them. All face-ups were done by Cristy Stone.
Let’s start with my new star – Iplehouse SID Aria. She was the doll for whom I didn’t have any particular requirements. I just wanted her to look young, fresh and innocent. I also knew I wouldn’t use blonde wigs on her, just dark haired ones. She also had to have a look suitable for historical outfits (medieval through to Victorian).
Her main incarnation (but not the only one!) will be of a young lady of about 18 years of age who lives in 1851 in Cadiz, Spain. She is a daughter of a successful English merchant / businessman and a Spanish lady. Her name is Dolores Barbour. Those who have read Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South (or have watched the BBC film 2004) would know what I am talking about. For those who don’t, I will elaborate a bit more. She is also a fiancee of Frederick Hale who had to run away from England after a mutiny of a Naval ship and who now also lives in Spain in Cadiz. He, of course, is the eldest and only brother of Margaret Hale.
I think Cristy did a fantastic job on her! She also pierced her ears as I’d asked, and Dolores is stunningly beautiful in her Victorian-style earrings. She had to borrow an outfit from Carina for this portrait photo session as her mid-19th century outfit is not ready yet (to avoid questions: she is slimmer than Carina, so I had to use a pin at the back to make the top fit).
More photos – below: