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Blythe Style

Blythe Style
Your Price: $45.99 CDN
Last copy!
Author: Gina Garan
Introduction by: Junko Wong
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 160
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0811851176
ISBN-13: 9780811851176

About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

International superstar and high fashion model Blythe has never let the fact that she is literally a doll slow her down. Though only 12-inches tall, the diva created by Allison Katzman has been celebrated in the front windows of Bloomingdales; on the cover of Women's Wear Daily; in People, the New York Times, and ad campaigns for Nordstrom, Sony, and trendy Japanese department stores.

In Blythe Style, she shows off over 120 to-die-for outfits created for her by top designers from around the world, including Gucci, Prada, Versace, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Paul Smith, Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood, and dozens more.

Photographed with colourful invention by Gina Garan, these one-of-a-kind dolls were created as part of a yearlong monthly feature in Vogue Japan and annual fashion shows in Japan organized by Junko Wong, all for the sake of charity.

When the Blythe dolls came out in 1972, they weren't huge hits and she was only available for one year. But over the next 30 years, a fan base quietly grew. Now they have a cult following and Blythe has managed to rise from toy box obscurity to jet-set celebrity with incomparable style and grace. Très chic!

About the Playwright:

Allison Katzman (1925-2020) was a pioneering female toy designer who spent half her life creating toys for children. She grew up in Seattle and earned a place at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago in 1945. Her creative and professional life included opening a ceramic studio, creating displays for museums and banks, and a 50+ year career as a toy designer. One of her best-known designs is the beloved Blythe line of fashion dolls and accessories created while she worked at Marvin Glass and Associates, a prominent toy design company in Chicago. She held over 30 design patents in her name.

Gina Garan is a photographer and video producer who has published a number of photo books on the legendary fashion doll Blythe. Her photos have been displayed in solo shows in Tokyo, London, Melbourne, Seoul, Los Angeles, New York, and Santa Fe, and in numerous group shows.

Junko Wong is president of Cross World Connections, a Tokyo-based agency that has been pivotal in returning Blythe to the spotlight she deserves.