I could think of many ways to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fashion Royalty with a special doll (Jason Wu making a Veronique Perrin exclusive would have been my first thought) but I would definitely not think what IT designer Jessy Ayala did. Graceful Reign Vanessa Perrin is the 20th Anniversary tribute to the origins of Fashion Royalty with a twist. We saw Vanessa 3.0 in the Nu Fantasy comeback, so the choice of the same character again was a bit unexpected.
Item # 91526
Vanessa Perrin® Dressed Doll
Fashion Royalty® 20th Anniversary Tribute Doll
2021 W Club Exclusive Doll
Edition Size: TBD
Expected Ship Date: Spring 2022
Retail Price: $199.00
(Only $30.00 Due Now to Pre-order!)
Head Sculpt: Vanessa 1.0
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Pearl Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
12.5-inch articulated doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes;
Intricately embroidered sleeveless gown with "gold" and "silver" detail and ribbon belt;
Gorgeous removable matching floor-length cape;
Choker necklace with "pearl" accent;
Longer "pearl" necklace with "pearl" drop;
Bracelet, earrings, and small ring;
Additional oversized "diamond" ring;
Stunning "pearl" accented crown statement piece;
Matching strappy high-heeled shoes;
Pair of long manicured hands;
Alternate pair of grip hands;
Alternate pair of painted glove hands;
Certificate of authenticity.
Apart from the “Vanessa again?”, the doll is quite beautiful, her colouring one that always looks great on a Fashion Royalty doll and is very versatile. Jessy had Princess Grace on his mood-board as inspiration, which is what makes the doll not quite what she should have been. The end result is dowdy and conservative. It is how a middle aged woman would dress for a royal occasion, if she was a member of one of Europe’s royal families. Vanessa on the other hand is a fashion icon and much younger, so we would have expected her to send up the royalty part in a modern, more youthful way. I would have looked more on the work of PierPaolo Piccioli in Valentino and Richard Quinn, and also the incomparable Christopher John Rogers. This is so retro and modest, it could be worn by Princess Anne or the Queens of Sweden, Norway or the Netherlands.
Having said that, the fabric is sumptuous and the accessories appropriately royal. The choice of headgear would look better on a Southeast Asian royal than a western one. The blue gloves are not as conservative as white ones would have been (like Princess Grace wore), but then again it is something one would expect of Queen Elizabeth, not a young fashion prodigy. Just imagine the whole outfit done either in jewel tones or a bright contrasting print and it would have been so much better and desirable. Will I get her? I still have not made up my mind. Have you?
W Club Exclusive pre-order;
October 1st, 2021 at 12 PM/Noon Eastern Time;
Pricing (FOR W CLUB MEMBERS ONLY):
$199.00 USD + S&H
($30.00 NRD deposit due now, $169.00 + S & H due in approx. Spring 2022);
Approximate Shipping Timing:
2021 W Club members only;
Up to one (1) doll per each 2021 membership only.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Prototypes shown, final product may vary. This collectible is meant for adult collectors ages 15 and up only.
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Doll Photography by Jayme Thornton ; Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing