Andrew’s About Page says, “The Kouklitas are a line of 27” fashion rag dolls conceived by New York City based artist and illustrator Andrew Yang. The name originates from the Greek word for doll, koukla. Each doll is cut from a pattern, sewn into muslin, and meticulously stuffed and attached by hand. The faces are all hand painted, and the dresses are created using luxurious fabrics and couture sewing methods.
Andrew spent his childhood in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he grew up around his mother’s collection of Madame Alexander dolls and eventually acquired his own collection of high-end fashion dolls. His hobby was put on hold when he moved to New York to pursue fashion, an industry he worked in as an assistant designer for several years. Longing for another creative outlet, Andrew created his first doll from scraps of muslin in the summer of 2008. He currently works as a freelance photographer, illustrator, and designer, all while creating The Kouklitas out of his Brooklyn based studio.”
On his blog, Andrew Yang shares pictures of his fashion inspired dolls gracing the Barneys windows for Fashions Night Out 2010.
Andrew tells us, “The last few months have been quite a whirlwind. … It started with Fashions Night Out on Sept 10th with Barneys New York, and then continued with a trip to Europe, Showstudio in London, Frankie Morello in Milan, and then meeting with friends and buyers in Paris. Here are a few pictures of some of the creations I completed for Barneys, along with a snapshot of the window. Most of the dolls have already been sold!”
Drop over to Andrew’s blog, The Kouklitas, for other fashion related posts. You will also enjoy hist post, “In Awe of Alexander” where he links a series of videos on Alexander McQueen’s “Best Collections”.
PS – Do not let the dolls fool you, this blog is all about fashion, fashion, fashion. See Andrew doing his fashion thing around the world. Be inspired by Andrew’s inspirations such as Garden of Earthy Delights or Beautiful Joy and be sure to read the wonderful quotes.
Viktor & Rolf