Endings and Beginnings!
Well, it was/is going to survive!! And, who would of thunk it – one of our own, Jason Wu, is one of those new talents who has what it takes in this new Fashion arena! I say “one of our own” because Jason started out just like all of the contestants of CDDC – he designed for dolls and entered contests! Yes, he is the same Jason Wu we watched in the now defunct BBMA!!
No, I’m not saying they’ll be rocking the runways at New York Fashion Week in a few years. What I am saying is there is lots of undiscovered talent out there, and in our realm of collecting that includes doll clothing designers. While I can’t say if I’m expecting a new Wu out of this group, I can say the possibilitoes are there, and that CDDC gives the doll clothing designer a chance to be seen. In today’s internet and communications revolution we live in, I consider this huge!
As print magazines continue to fall in popularity, websites and blogs are on an upward spiral! So, by CDDC continuing, I see it accomplishing two things. First, Larraine Elcock’s original premise for doing these challenges will go on – “To help doll fashion designers gain more knowledge of design with the help of leaders in the doll industry. And providing a place for everyone - designers and spectators alike - to enjoy interesting challenges and have fun.” And second, it will provide a very visible place for doll clothing designers to have their fashions seen.
So sharpen up your pencils, dear audience, and print out the names of the designers featured on the CDDC website!! You’ll want to be ready when you can cast your vote for both of the People’s Choice Awards. The privilege of naming these winners will be all YOURS!!
I would invite you to take this privilege very seriously. Remember even though these awards are voted for by the people, they don’t necessarily have to become subjective votes unless YOU let them be! By taking a little time before you vote to analyze how each artist has accomplished each challenge, you (and I) will come closer to understanding each artist’s design or pose.
Viewing and voting on art in a public manner can be objective. Keep in mind EACH of these designers are counting on us to be fair. So, let’s not mistake popular votes as having any real value in the world of art if the votes are based on our love of the artist instead of the art. This is not a popularity contest – moreover, let's let the design make our determination!
The first challenge will be given August 15, and then I’ll be back soon with some insights from the guest judge for this challenge, Lori Lyon! I may have other treats up my sleeve also – but how would you know if you don't follow this blog. Join me for each entry, and then you will discover the best is yet to come!