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Repost: Tiny Couture


DéMuse Dolls

1/4/21: I rarely cover doll makers, not because I don’t think it’s an art, but because dolls usually just don’t do much for me. Today, however, we’re looking at something really special. These are the 16-inch fashion dolls by Malaysian artist/fashion designer Nigel Chia known as DéMuse Dolls. Definitely not intended to be played with, these dolls are more like high-fashion art sculptures. Though Chia is a full-time fashion designer, he designs only a few (doll) outfits per year. The artist is involved in every aspect of the doll’s design, from sculpting and painting the faces and giving them manicures and pedicures, down to crafting the minutest details on the luxurious gowns. Watching his process in his making-of videos (which he calls “Behind the Seams”) is positively mind-blowing.

“I know exactly what I want for a high fashion doll, and I am creating a muse of my own.”

– Nigel Chia

Okay, so maybe he works primarily with dolls because actual women don’t inspire him, but I don’t care. His work is exquisite, his attention to detail is epic, and his taste is impeccable. The dolls and the gowns are produced in very limited quantities, and they (understandably) fetch a high price. Since the DéMuse Dolls website is down, I was unable to find out just how much the dolls cost, but I did find a second-hand DéMuse gown on Ebay for $200, so I imagine the doll price is fairly hair-raising.

You can see all of Nigel Chia’s magnificent high-fashion creations on the DéMuse Dolls Doll website (which is, as of this writing, not working), and on Instagram, Facebook, and Chia’s YouTube channel.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

23 thoughts on “Repost: Tiny Couture

  1. They sure are beautiful. Happy to see them again. I wonder if he created the heads of does somebody else? They are the most ‘life like” dolls that I have ever seen. Hal

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  2. Dolls don’t do much for me but you sure showed the art and craft of these !
    The how to videos are well done and stunning how elegant these are

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  3. I have made doll clothes before but nothing like these..Those tiny zippers and eyelets are impossible.

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  4. Beautiful. If I had millions of dollars and a much larger house I could go crazy collecting dolls like that.

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  5. Oh my god…..? I was always a teddy bear girl but these…these are works of arts that even I would love…if I had the money, of course. 😀 😀 😀

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  6. My kids will be so inspired by this! My office floor will be so covered in scraps of fabric because of this!

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