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Doll Junk: Collectible and Crazy Fashions from the '70s and '80s

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Doll Junk: Collectible and Crazy Fashions from the ’70s and ’80s

Carmen Varricchio, Photographs by Carmen Varricchio & Gerardo Somoza

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“Eeeewww. Fake Barbie® clothes.” Those four words verbalize the faint disgust yesterday’s savvy kids felt when, in the midst of doll play, an inferior, generic, or “clone” dress or top suddenly surfaced from their sizable supplies of perfect Mattel doll outfits. The impostors were treated as tainted outcasts and were basically left to rot. Today, a younger generation of doll lovers is on the rise. These leap-for-cheap fashionistas gleefully embrace the very items their quality-conscious predecessors detested. Here, for your viewing pleasure or revulsion, are nearly 800 not-exactly-gorgeous getups and some of the downgraded dolls who wore them, mostly from the ’70s and ’80s (’80s collectors, rejoice! Your time has come!), many in their original packaging. Prepare to shield your eyes from clumsily drawn fashion figures, pathetic attempts at high-fashion lingo, and mediocre package graphics culled from around the world!

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 855 color images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348129 | Binding: soft cover

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Carmen Varricchio had the good fortune to begin his career in the New York fashion industry sketching for some of the world’s best designers: Geoffrey Beene, Donald Brooks, Calvin Klein, Pauline Trigère, and Mimi Trujillo. He later wrote on fashion for Women’s Wear Daily and The Village Voice, and became creative assistant to June Roche, corporate fashion director for Milliken & Company fabrics. He has, sad to say, been amassing dolls and doll clothes for more than twenty-five years, and has no logical explanation for what one fellow enthusiast has rightly called “the absurdity of doll collecting.”