|Happy Holidays with Gwenni Damico!|
Last night, in my "get out the holiday clothes, sort away the others, discover there's enough Julie here to give those clothes their own bin, do that"1 sorting--I still need to sort through for Beth Cady's set--I counted my modern sets. Yeah, I have almost twenty official moddie holiday sets--and that's not counting the one that has been retrofitted to the 60s or the ones I made for Naomi and Otters originally. So what I'm saying is that the Mod Squad is going to be getting a lot of clothes changes, just to show off everything. What can I say? I love holiday wear, even if most of mine consists of jeans and long sleeved faux ugly sweaters from Shirt.woot. The gang dresses better than I do, s'all I'm saying.
Today, I'll be covering the Radiant Rhinestones Outfit. Starting with Mattel's take over of the line wholly in about 2000 or so, they started doing Limited Edition Holiday wear, starting with the Year 2000 Outfit in 1999.2 The outfits would come in specialty boxes just for them, many times with a unique hanger, and often had separate accessories including a purse, hair decs, and those infernal stick on earrings that I will stick to the handbasket before I throw it into hell. Soon after the holiday season, the outfit would be retired and then the next fall it would start all over again. They don't do the nifty boxes or hangers anymore, but they always do a really nice holiday set with a nice overcoat/shawl/shrug or the like and matching accessories, and I sometimes get it at one point or another. The Radiant Rhinestones Outfit was one of the earliest sets to do this, released in 20033 and retired by that next spring. It consists of a red velvet dress, winter white fur-trimmed coat, winter white tights, and red velvet mules. Original cost was $30. I bought this past September for $35 plus shipping soon after the holiday release for this year was out; it came with the box, but no hanger. The outfit goes for about that much on eBay--with of course, the ridiculous spikes here and there. I do not have the accessories, but I am fine with that. The tiara, if I desperately wanted one, could be faked; I could always make a necklace; purse can also be faked; Ornaments are....yeah; and as I maintain, fuck stick on earrings.
Our model is Gwenivere "Gwenni" Ruth Damico. Gwenni, as you likely remember, was my first blog-posted makeover but not my first AG restoration. She likes princesses, fairy tales, fancy clothes, and being something of a little diva. So yes, this was a perfect fit for her. She has accesorized her set with a simple red hairbow and the cutest little star earrings that are perfection; you'll get a close up interlude.
|Coated in fur.|
|Fur Cuffs. (No jokes.)|
|Snowflake motif .|
Inside is a small hook and eye closure at the high waist, instead of snaps or velcro. This is a rarity in AG clothes, but given the style it makes the most sense as a closure. This was when closed, there's no overlap.
|Closed coat is closed.|
|Holding on to the coat.|
The coat gets a B+.A Full lining, a looser back fit, and a less ragged looking fur would have boosted it to an A, but the label, embroidery and the hook and eye closure give it the plus.
Note that the actual color of the dress isn't so bright red; it's a more muted color. Natural light doesn't exactly occur when you take your pictures at 4 am.
|Hey, some of that whole rhinestone bit.|
|Skirting the issue and doing it well.|
|Ooo, Shiny snowflakes.|
|Keeping it tight.|
You will notice that Gwenni is wearing pink panties underneath. I have Gwen's meet outfit from the time they sold it separate--to be reviewed later--and she got the panties.
|Mule-style shoes before about 2006 are the AG bane of my existence.|
Well, that was a rant. Review continuing.
|Size Shot. All empty in the back.|
|This fucking backless shit, I swear to the gods.|
Two bonus shots.
Gwenni has, instead of a tiara, a simple red ribbon tied off center. It could also be up top center, but off center looks really sweet. Insert decorative bow joke here.
|Inner star shine!|
And in her ears, she's wearing silver earrings with red stones. Yes, they could not be more perfect and yes, when I put this outfit away in the holiday drawer the earrings are being put away with them.
The special box the outfit came in. Mine has crushed corners. I'm okay with that.
The hanger, as I found in an image search. It was a gold plastic hanger with lighter gold raised writing that says "2003 *Holiday Limited Edition* American Girl" in flowing script.
Overall Feel: This is a cute set that looks great together. The dress is the super high point of the dress, with enough sparkle to look eye catching but not so much that it gets busy and distracting. With the coat closed, the outfit does veer towards monochrome, but I'm looking to actually try that myself at some point with a different dress and shoes. Speaking of shoes, they have a cute but I would be so much happier with the shoes if they'd had a backing of any kind. Even the clear ones shoes do now. As it is, the shoes piss me off with the constant falling.
Cost Value: Both the original cost and the cost I paid were fair; I only paid five bucks above the cost and it came with the box. On eBay, the outfit should at least have the shoes (sucky as they are), dress, and coat. Tights are easily replaced with another set. $30-35 is a fair cost. Don't pay more than $45, and that's high. If they want $50+, it better have a complete set of the accessories, for $60 it better come with $20 cash back, and for $100 it better make your doll walk talk and run a temperature.
Timeliness/Datedness: I personally don't think it's dated at all. It's not really super trendy like bubble skirts, tutus, or crushed velour. The coat at most might be dated, but even that's got a classic feel to it. It's not a super trendy style, and high waists have been a thing since the 60 and 70s. So I think it can at least go back that far. As for moderns, it's not dated slightly.
Mix and Match Levels: Actually applicable with this set. The coat would look cute over a mono-winter white or silver dress with matching shoes. The dress could go with plain black shoes as well. And tights--well, they go everywhere. The shoes can't go with anything because they can't stay on feet. Bad, bad shoes.
Final Grade: B-. Those damned shoes, man, those damned shoes.
1 Historicals I don't own but have lots of clothes for: Rebecca, Samantha, Julie. The only one I have absolutely nothing from is Kirsten.
2 Guess what I have lined up for New Years~
3 Whoop! (That was your Texas A&M Aggie moment for today.)
4 I carry headphones throughout December when I go shopping because 95% of Christmas music sucks.
5 I refuse to watch the special, I refuse to like the song, I refuse to even remotely let that damn thing assault my sense. I am that evil witch who is cheering for the magician, and the part where he melts makes me just cackle with fucking GLEE.
|Cry, Karen, cry. Your tears power my laughter.|