Rossi1931: Fashion on a small scale
Louisham Osman always knew he would be working with fashion and models, but he never imagined that his models would be 40cm high.
This designer to the dolls, whose company goes by ‘SouoL by LouoS’, supplies tailored clothes to collectors, who are primarily in the US and Europe.
Collectors make their choices from his online catalogue and he ships their orders, priced at $32 to $45 a piece.
I did a capsule fashion collection for dolls featuring fabrics from the Rossi x Uniqlo collaboration.
His ready-to-wear collections are inspired by current fashion. He specializes in clothes for dolls from Fashion Royalty, Blythe and even Barbie dolls.
“These are dolls that children play with, but adults also collect them as a way to express themselves with fashion, somewhat vicariously”, says Louisham, who lives in Singapore and goes by Louos.
“Every day things inspire my work – something someone wore on the street, something I saw on television, a collection I saw from a designer. I started designing clothes for dolls when I started collecting Blythe dolls and saw just how many people were out there making clothes from really basic dresses to some really fancy ones with great workmanship and I challenged myself to start sewing for little people. That was in 2007. Before that, I was mostly just making little hand sewn basic dresses for my Barbies.”
“I studied fashion design in school for 3 years and learned sewing, pattern making and illustrating. I just applied that to the dolls and along the way, picked up some tips on certain techniques of sewing and making patterns for dolls. I would say a lot of patience and hard work went into studying how others make their gorgeous clothes. Sometimes I study the stock clothes too and figure out how they were done.”
“I loved the prints from the collaboration between Rossi1931 and Uniqlo so much that I thought it would be interesting to use the prints for my doll fashions. So I bought a few of the jersey shirts and transformed them to doll scale fashions, inspired by the movie “Roman Holiday” and Italian fashion silhouettes.”
Check out this entire Rossi spread on Flickr… its wonderful!
“These are dolls that children play with, but adults also collect them as a way to express themselves with fashion – somewhat vicariously,” says Louisham.
From Laurie Lenz Angels, designer of dolls: “Gorgeous fashion for gorgeous dolls”.
If dolls had a runway, Souol By Louos clothes would be on it!
The collection from the Rossi x Uniqlo collaborationcan be viewed here.