Space Fantasy Sindy and Toyah Willcox on the scene

Space Fantasy Sindy in Cherry Pop, Quick Changes and Dream Ballet

My super model for this week has been pink haired Space Fantasy Sindy (1985). She’s nicely designed with a heart shaped, vulcan hairline so that she can wear her hair up on top. A very popular doll with collectors. Quite a stand out in the line of brunettes and blondes.
Here she is in the “Quick Change” 1982 silver outfit (plus extra bag), which came out three years before Space Fantasy.

Space-Fantasy-Quick-Changes

She brings back memories of Toya Willcox yelling “I don’t want to go to school” in a fabulous silver and black sci-fi inspired ensemble.

Delighted to see that she’s just released a new single called Sensational. A hopeful song for the children of the future, with a fab contemporary but 80s inspired music video.

Space Fantasy also shone this week when I dressed her up in the Jean Paul Gaultier style corset from Hasbro “Dream Ballet” 1991. It looks very pop star without the skirt!

Space-Fantasy-Dream-Ballet

And I love this pink polka dot “Cherry Pop” trouser suit (1984). The white braces, made from two linked loops are such a great twist.

Space-Fantasy-Cherry-Pop

I remember a pink polka dot blouse I wore to death in the 80s. Loved it.

Would love to hear about your space inspired outfits from the 80s.

p.s on the metallic space theme, a Facebook friend just shared this… Brigitte Bardot in 1968 “Contact !”

Check out all ShimmyShim’s Sindy clothes for sale in the shop. When you buy 3 or more up to £10 each, you get 15% off.

Tip top – pointy Aladdin shoes, a black hat and happiness

Here are a few of my favourite accessories added to the eBay shop in the last few days. This black top hat is a real stand out piece – nicely designed and good quality with a solid, durable feel. The slight curve along the edge really distinguishes is. I’d love to see it as part of a circus ringmaster’s outfit.

Barbie wearing black top hat

Black top hat

These white ‘Aladdin’ or arabic style, pointy slippers are a very unusual colour. I’ve found pale blue ones and gold coloured ones as part of Disney outfits, but still unable to identify these. They are a perfect fit on the Barbie you see above wearing the top hat. I think she is a Fashionista.

White Aladdin slippers with pointy toes

Barbie wearing white Aladdin shoes

Red bag with moulded floral pattern

This little ‘Happiness’ slogan bag brings Christmas cracker surprise joy. Love the lo-fi quality – check the ‘MADE IN’ up the right way on one side, and ‘HONG KONG’ upside down on the other side.

Red plastic bag with happiness slogan

Would love an ID on the shoes and the top hat if you have any knowledge, please share. The top hat also fits Mary Quant Daisy doll nicely.

Pepperland – Carnaby Street inspired creativity

Pepperland by Mark Morris Dance Group

This looks rainbow enough for me – and very much how Sindy, Barbie and Ken might look, if they formed a dance troupe and synchronised like Pans People.

Here are Pans People, silver booted in 1970

and rainbow in 1973

The crumpled silver foil on the Pepperland set reminds me of the lo-fi dioramas in Sindy knitting pattern illustrations.

Robin Sindy doll swimsuit and cape knitting pattern 13248

Might catch Pepperland this week at Sadlers Wells dance theatre in London’s Islington. A show “visually on the cusp of Carnaby Street and Woodstock” and a “tribute to of one of the best-selling albums of all time: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

The Mod era seems to be all the rage again – Carnaby Street is also the theme for this year’s Fashion Doll Festival (second weekend of June this year at the V&A Museum of Childhood).

NOTE 21 March – went to see Pepperland yesterday. It was nice but I wouldn’t especially recommend it. The costumes were good but no surprises – all was revealed in the trailer. Likewise the set was the tinfoil around the edge and didn’t change. The music was a rough re-make of the Beatles album which was a bit disappointing. However, soundwise  the warpish sound of a theremin was a highlight and we could see it being played from our lofty location in the second circle. The dance seemed technically amazing with a slightly floppy style (can’t think of any other way to describe it). Some fab bits which are hard to describe. Good but I wouldn’t shout about it from the rooftops.