Homages to haute couture are a dime a dozen, but it’s not often that this phenomenon is celebrated in the form of such beautiful, bespoke dolls. Twin sisters Ekaterina and Elena Popovy have built a highly sought-after portfolio of ethereal ‘art-dolls’, each modelled after high fashion haute couture looks, and in the wake of New York and London Fashion weeks they have just released limited edition prints of Jeannette I + II, dolls commissioned by none other than Jean Paul Gaultier.
Born and raised in Russia, the Popovy twins have spent the last decade obsessing over every intricate detail on their dolls. With a cult following (they have over a quarter of a million Instagram followers) Ekaterina and Elena are revealing today’s huge demand for one-off, handmade dolls. The demand is so great in fact, that if you’d like to buy one yourself, you’ll have to sit on the waiting list for at least a year.
With a flair for the dramatic, these works celebrate fashion photography in all of its glamour. Relishing style, femininity and allure, Popovy dolls have become somewhat of a fashion icon recently, appearing in the pages of The Huffington Post, Flaunt and Vogue itself. For those who don’t want to wait a year for their own high fashion doll, you can now buy their photographic prints – but be warned, starting at $1,545 each, they’ll cost you a pretty penny.