China Doll

Fall 1993

© 1993 David Ramsay

Original creation with piecemealed components.  Headpiece made from scratch, consisting of beads, faux flowers and pompoms.  Purchased red satin cheongsam with three frog closures and embroidery.

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For Halloween 1993, Kimberly wanted to wear a costume at work.  She purchased a cheongsam from a vintage clothing store.  We had to make some minor alterations in order for it to fit her.  Then, Kimberly started making a headpiece for her costume, inspired from Peking Opera illustrations.  It just so happened that a local theatre department was closing and all their notions, beads and headforms were for sale.  We quickly jumped in the car and snatched up a bunch of things.  Once Kimberly had strung all the beads and stitched them to a piece of satin, she realized the headpiece was too heavy.  It kept flopping over and would not stay up, once tied to the back of her head.  This is when I stepped in...  I designed an understructure to keep the headpiece rigid, so it could support the weight of the beads and pompoms.  Overall, we were pleased with the results and Kimberly had a good time at work that day.

Halloween 1993.

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