Saturday, August 22, 2009

Blythe, the Love of my Life

Pardon the lame rhyming in the title. I just meant it to convey my newfound obsession with Blythe dolls now. Something about their wide-eyed stare and ethereal beauty just captures me. I think it's because they're so different from other dolls out in the market. They're more like works of art than playthings. Their mesmerizing eyes are also capable of changing colour when they blink. How cool is that?

The things that people manage to do with Blythe astonishes me. They go through a long process of creating exquisite outfits for them, doing their hair in an array of styles and colours, and photographing the finished product in carefully-staged settings. Some apply 'make-up' (paint) and eyelashes on their doll's face or even perform 'plastic surgery'- hair root transplants, alteration of the eye sockets etc. There is an annual Blythe beauty contest in which participants submit their creations based on a theme for public voting. Blythe is truly a cult phenomenon.

Unfortunately, at a few hundred dollars a pop, I can scarcely afford a Blythe doll of my own. Here are some photos of other people's dolls, sourced from Flickr:

'Beluga Babuska'

'Sayuri' (from Memoirs of a Geisha)

Aren't they all amazing? I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that went into them.

This will be my last post before I go to L.A. Hopefully I'll be able to blog about my adventures there very soon. See ya!


CANDY DOLL said...

I love Blythe dolls!!! I love yours especially the Japanese one.

The Haute-Shopper said...

Wow amazing! I had no idea people put so much effort into customizing them. They're like works of art.

thesydneygirl said...

the dolls are gorgeous.
enjoy your trip! xxx

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

i don't discount the amazing work done, they're really pretty. but i must say i'm a bit freaked out by those that have their foreheads exposed, showing no eyebrows. Sayuri didn't scare me as much as the other two.

yihoong said...

They're amazing. I like that they're creepy-cute, not sickly-cute like how some might see other japanese kawaii things as. I miss you already!