dolls

a never ending love story

Fashion designer Anna Heylen initially became recognised, and admired for her DOLLS. This happened in 1993, when Antwerp was declared the Cultural Capital of Europe.

WHO THEY ARE

Number One. The first DOLL ever. Nowadays wrapped in acid free paper and cast away in a closed box. It was the model for all the DOLLS that came afterwards. Shaped by an iron wire, the skeleton, and put into model with clay and plaster, the body and skin. Most important were the proportions. It had to be visually right before it was dressed. 

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WHAT THEY DO

For an exhibit in the Sint Felix Pakhuis, Anna Heylen created 130 identical, faceless, hairless, nameless and sexless DOLLS that she suspended from practically invisible threads. 

 

A surprising spectacle, as the DOLLS acquired an individual identity through the clothing that Anna Heylen had designed for them. These garments are an unending source of small details, a dazzling display of inventiveness and referrals to hand-made creations, handcrafts, manifestations of inspiration and clever finds, cultures, expressions of fashion and passions.

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WHERE THEY LIVE

The DOLLS have travelled the world, exhibited in international museums and galleries.

 

Originals - Antwerp Cultural Capital 1993
Angels - Brown's London 1994
Labirinto da Moda - Sao Paolo 1996
Fashion for Van Dijck - Love To Anthony 1999
Sanguine - China Town 1997
Container Installation Dolls - FFI Vitrine 1999
Designers Do Denim - 2001
Sattelites of Love - Paris 2002
Overview exhibition - A Never Ending Love Story - Mercator Gallery Antwerp 2008
Mirror Palace - Fashion Biennale Arnhem 2009
Alter Nature: The future that never was - Hasselt Fashion Museum 2011