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Last Thursday was the big night – the Dolls’ Night Out party at the Barbican Art gallery. Everyone was super excited and we’d spent the week making bits ‘n’ pieces for our stand like a giant Russian Doll and customising our wheel o’ fortune into a Goth ‘n’ Doll spin the wheel. On the day we squeezed all our stuff into a cab and upon arrival at the gallery we had to ferry our belongings through the Viktor and Rolf exhibition and still to this day it’s the only time I have actually been inside the space and it looked AMAZING. Must go back. The Viva Cake gals had already arrived in the Garden Room and set out all the tables with the most incredible collection of vintage crockery, embroidered tablecloths, packs of playing cards and dominoes. They were now making reams and reams of bunting and icing hundreds of pretty little cakes.
It didn’t take us too long to set up - we had already sewn our gingham table cloths and just had to pack our lucky dip fun bags for winners of the goth’n’doll wheel o’fortune. I set up all the equipment and since we had just done the V&A Village Fete there were no dramas and we were rockin’ and rollin’ in no time. The doors were flung open at 6.30pm and crowds of tea and cake hungry dolls scurried in and snapped up their seats at the pretty tables. The fancy waitresses started pouring tea and delivering treat laden cake stands and it wasn’t too long before we took our first order for a Russian doll name necklace. Yay!
There were a few other stalls on the night including B’s beauty bar where you could get a dolly make over and Byzy’s tarot card reading table. The Baron of Piccadilly played rock’n’roll sounds all night and the ace band Smoky Angle Shades played a live set – after ordering their name necklaces with us of course! Our stand was amazingly busy all evening it was so much fun and we were wowed by how much everyone dressed up for the occasion. There were oodles of giant bows including our new blue bow aprons which Karin and Faye our super cute interns had designed and handmade for us.
Some partygoers went one step further and came in full on costume, throughout the evening I spotted a traditional oriental doll, a toy soldier, little bow peep and her farmer beau and a sailorette couple with matching rosy cheeks. Just as the evening was drawing to a close a group of real life Russian dolls arrived, they were fantastic! The girls were in fact from Nina’s Hair Parlour which is the UK’s first vintage hair dressing salon in Alfie’s Antiques market.
Betsy took so many photos on the night so we decided to set up a Flickr account. Click here to check ‘em out!
That looks like so much fun! You girls always know how to have a good time. The world looks better with LLROK!