Dollism Plus USA Part I – Contest Entries

Welcome to the Dollism Plus USA series of articles! In the next couple of days, I will be blogging about this wonderful bjd convention, which has arrived in the United States for the first time since it was launched in 2006. Dollism Plus USA, hosted by Den of Angels, DollHeart and Mint on Card, was held on September 19-21, 2014 in Buffalo, New York, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Dollism Plus USA Banner "Dollism Welcome"
Dollism Plus USA welcome banner

What makes this convention extra special is that it’s also a celebration of Den of Angels’ 10th anniversary. I’ve been a member of Den of Angels since its humble beginnings as a Yahoo group over a decade ago, and I am extra excited to celebrate this huge milestone in our forum’s history. I look forward to sharing my experience with you!

This first article will focus on all the gorgeous contest entries that were displayed on Saturday, September 21 at the vendor hall. There were so many beautiful and unique entries! I am always humbled and amazed at the BJD community’s talent, skill, creativity and artistry.

For pictures of the vendor booths, check out Dollism Plus USA Part II and Part III articles!

Costuming Contests

The theme for both costuming contests was โ€œFancy Fandom Masqueradeโ€. Participants were instructed to create a formal or a semi-formal garment for a doll of their choice. Each outfit had to include a matching mask.

A showcase of some of the costume entries submitted for judging at Dollism Plus USA
A portion of the constume contest submissions displayed at Dollism Plus USA


Garments for this contest had to be made from scratch, shoes excluding.

First Place winner! Everything about this entry was absolutely perfect. I cannot imagine how many hours it took to create such an intricate and detailed ensemble!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number eleven
Contest entry number eleven – Atelier

Second Place winner! This rich red gown was based on the song “The Rains of Castamere” from the TV show “Game of Thrones”. I loved the shade of red used for this outfit!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number thirty-seven
Contest entry number thirty-seven – Atelier

Third Place winner! My favorite parts about this entry are the design of the dress and the intricate mask. The addition of the checker pattern is also very appealing!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number thirty-nine
Contest entry number thirty-nine – Atelier

Fourth place winner! Submission number four was displayed on the biggest doll participating in the costuming contests! I loved the rich purple color used, as well as the gorgeous headdress.

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number four
Contest entry number four – Atelier

Submission 5: I enjoyed the dark theme of this entry and the addition of the raven at the apex of the ensemble. I am very impressed with how much work went into creating the wing portion of the outfit!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number five
Contest entry number five – Atelier

Submission 12: What a cute little witch! The red bow and shoes work very well with the purple gown. And, the purple-eared kitty is an adorable addition!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number twelve
Contest entry number twelve – Atelier

Submission 15: A very pretty wizard concept! I like the variety of fabrics used for this one. The little sparkles on the skirt were a very nice touch.

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number fifteen
Contest entry number fifteen – Atelier

Submission 20: The color of this gown was very beautiful – a nice silvery grey, almost icy! I especially liked the unicorn-themed mask.

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number twenty
Contest entry number twenty – Atelier

Submission 26: Such a unique entry! I absolutely love the monkey mask, it is so detailed and realistic. The design of the dress is gorgeous as well – a classic masquerade ensemble!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number twenty-six
Contest entry number twenty-six – Atelier

Submission 30: The colors used for this dress complement each other very well. Blue was a great choice for the shell of the dress!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number thirty
Contest entry number thirty – Atelier

Submission 32: This is such a classic dress style – very elegant! The hat and veil add a mysterious touch to the outfit. I particularly liked the fabric used for the dress; both color and pattern are very beautiful.

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number thirty-two
Contest entry number thirty-two – Atelier

Submission 36: My favorite part about this submission is how well the wig complements the very regal ensemble. I wonder how long it took to put the wig together? It is gorgeous!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number thirty-six
Contest entry number thirty-six – Atelier

Submission 41: The bright, bold colors used for this submission really stood out from the crowd! The understated headdress and jewelry are a great addition to the ensemble.

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number forty-one
Contest entry number forty-one – Atelier

Submission 44: The lacy design of the neckline was my favorite part of this outfit. The purple sheer fabric at the bottom of the dress added a lovely touch! The creator, Samantha, let me know that the mask and shoes/feet were hand-sculpted from wax and hand-cast in resin. Very impressive!

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number forty-four
Contest entry number forty-four – Atelier

Submission 49: The mask for this entry was unlike any other – very unique, indeed! I wonder what was the inspiration behind this creation?

Dollism Plus USA Atelier contest entry number forty-nine
Contest entry number forty-nine – Atelier

Because this article is very image heavy, it is split into three pages. Continue onto the second page for Readymade and Extreme Modification contest entries!

  1. Entry number 1 of ready made…..yay! David Bowie as the Goblin King from the movie Labyrinth! That’s his costume from the ballroom scene! He’s gorgeous!

  2. How nice that you took the time to photograph all the entries for the various contests! It’s great to get a feeling of how awesome the event must have been >_< I hope I get to go to one next year ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I hope you get to go as well! It’s definitely worth it, if you can make it happen. Hopefully, we’ll get more information about the next one soon!

  3. Wow!! So any collectors have great talent!!

    I may be wrong but I think the bird skull head is a West Nile Christopher head from Etsy (seller stinesculpture)!

  4. Thanks for posting! My doll is #12. She’s based off of “kikis delivery service’ which is where my colors came from. :3 Despite the lighting, you have taken wonderful pictures!

    1. I just looked up “kik’s delivery service” – you did a great job putting the outfit together! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I would have been scared to transport it as well! You did an awesome job. I doubt I would be able to put something like this together in 3 hours!

  5. Great pictures! You took a really nice one of my Wonder Woman (#41).

    Everyone’s entries were outstanding ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Wonder Woman was gorgeous! Which sculpt is she, Doll Chateau? If you would like me to add your name to the entry description and/or a sentence or two about inspiration behind the costume, let me know. I’d be happy to do so! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thanks for showing the contest entries! I found some pics stalking flickr and tumblr, but I was curious to see the rest, it looks like the event was a success! I hope next time I can be there ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The event was definitely a success! I will definitely be there next time, if nothing terribly important comes up!

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