Walking through the corridors of the vast Hall 4 called “Terres des Tropiques” at the Paris Fair, it’s hard to see everything as there are so many artisans. They all share their experiences and some reveal the idiosyncrasies of the West Indies. Example with fashion designer Mireille Barclays.
mirai Barclays She uses her talent as a fashion designer to make miniature dresses from schools, African fabrics or even colorful fabrics for evening dresses.
Elegant and slender dolls are displayed in black and white. The latter stands out for its distinction: its hair. They are short or long curly, braided, with closingvanilla or sport afro/shaggy.
Indie dolls, creations of Mireille Barclays.
The young woman has been residing in Paris for twenty years and usually makes medium and high quality ready-made models for men, women and children. Offers one set per year.
A year ago, she decided to create mini clothes and make hairstyles for her mini models out of scraps of synthetic hair and cotton thread.
Created to show different hair textures, afro, braided, with locks and short curly hair.
Mireille Barclays, designer
An indie bride created by Mireille Barclays.
I made these patterns for my daughter. To show her that she can use her hair however she wants. Loose, straight or not, in an afro with braids, vanilla or locks… There are a plethora of possibilities for our hair. I worked with different materials to make dolls that look like us. The audience has the impression of meeting again. These dolls exist to express who we are.
It’s about breaking stereotypes and moving away from traditional models of sleek hair.
These dolls are ourselves. We’re unique with our curly hair, I was interested in doing these models. I had so much fun making it because my job is to make clothes. Then I had no dolls when I was a kid. Moreover, as a child, I made dolls out of cardboard and ribbons and told myself a story. I realize that this is of paramount importance. Children should be able to find themselves, see the dark color and they should know that we exist, that we are not transparent. In fact, it is a matter of owning what is there.
An example of clothing created by Mireille Barclais.