Limited Edition Dolls as the New Status Symbol?

Limited Edition Dolls as the New Status Symbol?
Design & Architecture
Laura Feinstein
  • 14 july 2009

For all of you out there lusting after the sleek designs of wunderkind designer Jason Wu, but hampered by his steep prices- now may be the time to get your hands on a little piece of his couture (little being the operative word). Wu, who originally started out as a doll designer for Integrity Toys Inc., has just released a limited edition high fashion doll for Collette, based on one of his runway looks. Next up on the docket? A commemorative doll for Jeffrey New York in honor of their tenth anniversary, in addition to a super secret $1,000 doll being designed for a mysterious Japanese fashion house (my personal guess? Commes De Garcons). You can order the Jason Wu Collette Doll on their online shop and it runs in the $300 range.

While in the past, many fashion labels have used accessories to help keep alive their couture houses, perhaps in this new post-recession era of practicality, dolls will replace logo earrings and handbags as the new miniature status symbols. Either way, doll enthusiasts now have a reason to love Jason Wu just a little more.

An unexpected subject also getting his own miniature commemoration is controversial photographer Terry Richardson, of VICE, Terry World, and Belvedere Vodka fame. The doll, which will feature a pants-less Richardson posing mid-shot, will be limited for now to 25 pieces, which are going on sale at an undisclosed retailer.

Limited Edition Dolls as the New Status Symbol?

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