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Author: Stephanie Finnegan

Enduring Legacy: DOLLS Celebrates Dianna Effner’s Lifetime of Achievement

The recipient of DOLLS magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 is the late Dianna Effner. The accolade is a posthumous acknowledgment of Effner’s lifetime commitment to doll artistry as an educator, mentor, creator, and entrepreneur. While Effner was lauded for making dolls and doll molds, she was simultaneously making dreams come true. Through her hands-on seminars, classes, and workshops, combined with her business that provided molds and instructional videos, Effner ensured that other women who aspired toward professional success in the doll world would be able to follow their porcelain path.

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Enduring Legacy: Madame Alexander Offers Lovely, Classic Designs for 2022 

The Madame Alexander legacy defines the pursuit of the American Dream, along with the traits that delineate a successful and creative soul. Madame Beatrice Alexander was a successful self-made businesswoman. Born Bertha Alexander in New York, the enterprising young woman borrowed the name Beatrice from Shakespeare’s plays for its more sophisticated and stylish sound. When an advertising executive noted that she looked French, she gleefully added the “Madame” as a nod to fashionable European aristocrats.

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Simply Elegant: Edith Schmidt’s clothing designs are lovely, lyrical

American fashion designer Rachel Zoe once said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” This is particularly true in the case of Arizona doll costumer Edith Schmidt. Schmidt, who designs under the name Edith’s Editions, creates beautiful fashions for BJDs. Her doll models can’t tell you what they want or what they aspire to be. Instead, their completed wardrobes do the talking for them.

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Judy Pollard conjures up winged creatures, fantastic friends in doll form

When Judy Pollard watches a fantasy movie, she could almost claim it as a business trip! While viewing one of these epic films, Pollard finds herself immersed in the costumes, the characters, and the quests. Then the artist meticulously takes these magical cinematic moments and translates them into her lovely fairy dolls. Her outpouring of dolls is like a big movie cast. Each of her creations is a character in its own right.

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