From Friday 24th September, 2010 to Friday 30th September, 2010, the Frankie Morello boutique in 3, Corso Matteotti, Milan, hosted the famous fashion dolls by the American artist, Andrew Yang: The Kouklitas.
The name comes from the Greek work, koukla, meaning doll. Each doll is unique and has a unique pattern. It is hand-sewn using muslin as fabric, and is carefully stuffed.
The face is also painted by hand, and its clothes are created using fine materials and creative methods typical of haute couture.
Once finished, the doll is given a name and history. For the meeting with the maison Frankie Morello, the artist created 25 “limited edition” dolls wearing the most significant outfits of the autumn/winter 2010-2011 women’s collection.
“We have always been excited about seeking out new and unconventional artists who have some sort of link with fashion, and Andrew perfectly reflects this type of creativity.
We liked the idea of seeing our clothes worn by atypical models like his fashion dolls”, declared the two designers.
Andrew Yang was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he grew up surrounded by his mother’s collection of dolls. Wishing to test his own creative urge, he created his first doll from scraps of muslin during the summer of 2008, and then continued to create dolls dressed in clothes drawn from international haute couture, including such names as Lanvin, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen.
His creations are offered for sale in some of the most prestigious boutiques in the world, including Collette in Paris, and Berney’s in New York.
He currently works as a freelance photographer, illustrator and designer at the same as making other Kouklitas in his Brooklyn studio.