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POUPEE CANDI RETRO VINTAGE PONYTAIL REDHEAD DOLL HAMILTON DESIGN SYSTEME TAILLE BARBIE RARE

Vendue avec son maillot vintage, chaussures et lunettes de soleil.

Fabriquant : Hamilton Design Systeme.

Taille : 30 cm - 12"

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The year was 1994. Absolutely Fabulous, the wickedly hilarious British sitcom, was a cult hit in America on Comedy Central. Grunge was a popular fashion trend, thanks to bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. And in the doll world, Candi Girl made her debut.

Candi Girl was the brainchild of Helena Hamilton, an entrepreneur who wanted to bring diversity to the world of fashion dolls. She had been sewing clothing for her daughter’s Barbie dolls, and got the idea to create multi-ethnic dolls in the 11-1/2″ size. The result was Candi Girl, an African-American doll that could give Barbie a run for her money. Candi Girl’s proportions were more realistic, with a bigger bust and hips. Candi Girl was sold by mail order only, advertised in doll magazines of the day. In the early days, Helena herself would answer the phone when customers called to place an order. Candi Girl came dressed in a black catsuit with pink heels. She wore her hair in a long high braid, and she had the bent arms typically found on Barbie at the time.

1998 saw a second line of Paul David-exclusive Candi Couture dolls designed by Mikelman, called the New York Collection. It was an ambitious line of ten dolls, all with a New York theme. But things seemed to sour between Paul David and Mikelman and Helena Hamilton. In issue #158 of the Paul David Catalog (1998), Paul David wrote of plans to collaborate on a second issue of Mikelman-designed Retro Bubble Candis, as well as Retro Ponytail Candis. However, when these dolls debuted, the name “Mikelman” was nowhere to be found. Instead, the name “Hamilton Design Systeme” once again was prominent on the boxes, after seemingly taking a backseat to the “Mikelman” name. I’m not sure what happened, but it appears the collaboration between Mikelman and Paul David and Helena Hamilton fell through. In his “Paul David Vents” columns from the 1998 catalogs, it appears there was some resentment about an article on Helena Hamilton in the December 1997/January 1998 issue of Contemporary Doll Collector magazine which details Helena’s and Candi Girl’s rise to fame. Neither Paul David nor Mikelman are mentioned, and the article’s statement that the Candi Secrets line “debuted” at Toys R Us seemed to be a sticking point with David. In any case, the second series of Retro Bubble Candi, and the Retro Ponytail Candis, were issued with the name “Hamilton Design Systeme” once again appearing on the box.

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POUPEE CANDI RETRO VINTAGE PONYTAIL REDHEAD DOLL HAMILTON DESIGN SYSTEME TAILLE BARBIE RARE

POUPEE CANDI RETRO VINTAGE PONYTAIL REDHEAD DOLL HAMILTON DESIGN SYSTEME TAILLE BARBIE RARE

Vendue avec son maillot vintage, chaussures et lunettes de soleil.

Fabriquant : Hamilton Design Systeme.

Taille : 30 cm - 12"

NRFB

The year was 1994. Absolutely Fabulous, the wickedly hilarious British sitcom, was a cult hit in America on Comedy Central. Grunge was a popular fashion trend, thanks to bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. And in the doll world, Candi Girl made her debut.

Candi Girl was the brainchild of Helena Hamilton, an entrepreneur who wanted to bring diversity to the world of fashion dolls. She had been sewing clothing for her daughter’s Barbie dolls, and got the idea to create multi-ethnic dolls in the 11-1/2″ size. The result was Candi Girl, an African-American doll that could give Barbie a run for her money. Candi Girl’s proportions were more realistic, with a bigger bust and hips. Candi Girl was sold by mail order only, advertised in doll magazines of the day. In the early days, Helena herself would answer the phone when customers called to place an order. Candi Girl came dressed in a black catsuit with pink heels. She wore her hair in a long high braid, and she had the bent arms typically found on Barbie at the time.

1998 saw a second line of Paul David-exclusive Candi Couture dolls designed by Mikelman, called the New York Collection. It was an ambitious line of ten dolls, all with a New York theme. But things seemed to sour between Paul David and Mikelman and Helena Hamilton. In issue #158 of the Paul David Catalog (1998), Paul David wrote of plans to collaborate on a second issue of Mikelman-designed Retro Bubble Candis, as well as Retro Ponytail Candis. However, when these dolls debuted, the name “Mikelman” was nowhere to be found. Instead, the name “Hamilton Design Systeme” once again was prominent on the boxes, after seemingly taking a backseat to the “Mikelman” name. I’m not sure what happened, but it appears the collaboration between Mikelman and Paul David and Helena Hamilton fell through. In his “Paul David Vents” columns from the 1998 catalogs, it appears there was some resentment about an article on Helena Hamilton in the December 1997/January 1998 issue of Contemporary Doll Collector magazine which details Helena’s and Candi Girl’s rise to fame. Neither Paul David nor Mikelman are mentioned, and the article’s statement that the Candi Secrets line “debuted” at Toys R Us seemed to be a sticking point with David. In any case, the second series of Retro Bubble Candi, and the Retro Ponytail Candis, were issued with the name “Hamilton Design Systeme” once again appearing on the box.

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