Best Dressed Dolls: Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Big Charity Event With Miniature Designer Looks

When Jeffrey Kalinsky began contemplating how best to mark the tenth anniversary of Jeffrey, his high-fashion store in the Meatpacking District, he knew he wanted to do something special. Not just a big party but something unique, a project that all the designers featured in the shop—a roster of virtually every big name from Stella McCartney to Dries Van Noten, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz to Phoebe Philo of Céline, Narciso Rodriguez to L’Wren Scott, Raf Simons to Miuccia Prada—could get involved with. And of course it would also have to support AIDS and breast cancer charities, causes that the retailer has championed for years. Something lovers of fashion couldn’t live without! Something designers could really have fun with!

Outfit by Jason Wu

So he called on Jason Wu, lately famous for dressing Michelle Obama in a one-shouldered chiffon Inaugural gown, but before that the go-to guy for fashion dolls. Together they decided to ask designers to dress dolls in miniature versions of their signature ensembles, and then Jeffrey would auction them off to benefit his favourite causes.

Outfits by Rick Owens

Almost 70 designers readily agreed. Jeffrey sent them the dolls, and in rapid order they returned the miniature mannequins resplendent in all the hallmarks of the season—peaked, pinched shoulders from Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, sexy slashed hemlines courtesy of Christophe Decarnin at Balmain, a pint-size suede maxi over a chiffon frock by Christopher Bailey at Burberry, a tiny Proenza Schouler fan sporting her own teeny-weeny purple PS1 handbag .

Outfit by Oscar De La Renta

Great care has been taken to attire these diminutive fashion plates in the looks of the season—in fact, viewing them gives you a crash course in high style circa fall 2009. On August 10, the dolls will be unveiled in their own area of the store in an installation that Kalinsky promises will evoke a dramatically scaled-down Jeffrey, with foot-high shoppers clad in Rodarte and de la Renta, Margiela and Mizrahi, strolling and lolling.

Outfit by Marni

Warning: You will want them all. Kalinsky expects the bidding to be quite swift (the starting bid is set at $250; call Jeffrey New York at 212-206-1272 for more information), especially during Fashion’s Night Out, the multi-city retail extravaganza planned for September 10, during Fashion Week, when virtually every chic shop is staying up late and hosting special events. The auction will close on the last day of Fashion Week, at which time, if you are very lucky, an exquisite little man resplendent in Thom Browne or Gucci and his equally itsy-bitsy consort in Rick Owens or RM by Roland Mouret will depart Jeffrey and come to live on a shelf in your house.
Set and outfit by Lanvin

Outfit and bag by Proenza Schouler

Outfits by YSL by Stefano Pilatti

Outfit by Balmain

Outfit by Chris Kane

(re-post from - photos courtesy of by Brian Fee)

I love the outfits and the dolls, just one minor complaint: couldn't they have hired a better photographer? Sorry Brian but your doll photography sucks big time.

Slender Threads

Slender Threads is the only extra convention doll that I bought at "The Girls From Dream City" convention in Orlando last year. That was my first convention, and I had a great time.

The main reason I bought her was because I loved her hair and make-up. She is beautiful and I stared dreaming of all the late 50's and early 60's outfits I wanted to make her. I have yet to make any, but I do have plans.

Here she is wearing some Ashton Drake outfits.

This is a Star Wardrobe dress. I don't remember the name of it.

"El Morocco"

"Blue Evening"

"Blossoms in the Snow"


"Kiss Me, Gene"

Here she is modeling an outfit I made a couple of years ago. It was inspired by a Fashion Royalty outfit. I'm not too crazy about the lighting in the pictures, but I love the outfit on her.

I also made this Channel inspired suit years. She is perfect in it.

Gilty Girl

When I saw the pictures of "Gilty Girl" for the first time I knew I had to have her. I really NEEEEDED a brunette! I was very happy with her beautiful up do and she has been one of my favorite models since she arrived.

Modeling AD's "Everything's Coming Up Roses"

"Honorary Hostess"

Modeling outfits by me

Inspired by Claire McCardell

A Commission

"Funny Face"

Pierre Balmain

Tonner Scarlett: Vivien Leigh OOAK repaint

"She was so beautiful she need not be so talented, and so talented she need not be so beautiful." (a quote from Vivien's Scarlett and Beyond documentary).

BUT..."Scarlett O' Hara was not beautiful" -- as Margaret Mitchell mentioned in her book. But in all her reader's eyes, she was. For how could a Southern Belle keep the richest man in the South (Rhett Butler) and make him her husband? I believed she did get him back with her beauty and charm. After Vivien played the role, she made it her own, and it was hard to imagine anyone of that time -- and in my opinion, even today capable of playing the role as good as she did.

It is said that against the fiery background of the Burning of Atlanta shoot that David Selznick first caught glimpse of Vivien Leigh. His brother, an agent, introduced Vivien to David. She was on a trip with her beau Lawrence (who was doing Wuthering Heights). Having read Gone with the Wind, Vivien believed she could play Scarlett. So on a ship from England to California, she re-read the book, memorized some of Scarlett's monologues and practiced different facial expressions to bring out Scarlett's changes in character. Selznick was bowled over (as legend says) and immediately Vivien was escorted to do her first readings. "She's the Scarlett dark horse and looks damn good!" David said to his wife Irene.

I had to practice. So, another doll had to be re-repainted. This time with a change of hairstyle faithful to Vivien Leigh (I think).
Here she is wearing Alana Bennett's blue gown inspired by the TV series sequel to Gone with the Wind: Scarlett.
I love doing portraits of my dolls. Only the new Scarlett dolls by Tonner are very expensive. Plus none of the sellers accept Western Union. I used only one brush to repaint this doll. I still have to retouch a little more. The hairline has been lowered by repainting some "hair-like" strands there. My eyesight is not as good so bear with me on this =). Hope you like her.

Cocoa Crisp

Cocoa Crisp was my first Wu Gene. I have always loved her. I love her green eyes and her hair.

I have to redo her hair though, a lot of the curl fell out. I have a hard time making it look smooth.
She is one of my favorite models, I have kept her very busy.

Here she is modeling Ashton Drake and Wu outfits.

"The Perfect Gift"

"Cocktail Hour"

"Friendly Connection"

"First Stop, Chicago"

"Garden Party"

"Love's Ghost"

Cocoa Crisp Modeling My Creations

Inspired by Claire McCardell

TDLM's Buyere

"Imitation of Life"

"Little Red Dress"

Daisy Sheath and Jacket

Inspired by Trigere

Inspired by Dior