For most designers finding a muse to portray the emotion, beauty and hidden narrative embedded within their creations remains a fantasy. But for the twin sisters Elena and Ekaterina Popovy, who uniquely use their background in sculpting and skill in Fashion Design, creating their fantasies it is a miniature reality.
|Model #9 Model #3|
The sisters, who were born and raised in Perm, Russia, beautifully blend both Art and Fashion by creating dolls each with an individual story and expression, dressed in bold Haute Couture designs. Inspired by history, nature, cultures, traditions and childhood fantasies, the two award-winning fashion designers construct a beautiful narrative for each doll, giving them an enchanting story and an engaging presence. The amalgamation of months of painstakingly hand-crafted detail, from the delicate stretch of a little finger to the raw emotion oozing from each doll’s face, all meticulously created by the designing duo.
|Model #11 Model #3|
|Pink Bird Pony Golden Horse|
“First a raw idea-emotion is born. Little details start to combine into one unified idea. Then we start developing the concept of a project and making some preliminary work. In our discussion process we correct each other and figure out one idea that we then use to work with.” These ideas, which have blossomed to seven collections since they began in 2004, have firmly placed them in the forefront of this hidden section of the art world.
|Robin Bony Pink bird|
The research process holds an integral part to the successful execution of each doll and every collection means a new technique behind its creation; “ We study definite periods of history, we search for images, develop author’s textures, chose techniques and draw sketches. Gestures, style, artistic delivery, costume design – all of those things should comply with one theme to express the idea to the maximum extend.”
|The Dark Horse|
|A La Jupon|
After studying at the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts in Yekaterinburg, the Popovy Sisters began making portrait dolls and mastered human gesture and anatomy, but soon progressed to something more unique; “We started to seek something of our own, a thing that no one in the doll-making world had ever done. We wanted to express ourselves as fashion designers, but were also deeply involved in doll making. We decided to set our fantasy free and combine the two directions.”
|From The Sea Foam|
|Henoki - The Black Bird|
After showing their first collection “Fashion Moon” at the 3rd International Salon in Moscow, known for showcasing innovative talent from across the globe, they received two huge awards. “Best Thematic Collection” and “Best Fantasy-Style Doll” and have since gone on to win more at a number of exhibitions and fashion festivals. This, teamed with the openly positive reaction from its audience, held the key to their springboard success within both the art and the fashion worlds. “Every exhibition and event is a big thing for us. We look forward to meeting our audience. We pay attention to every comment and talk to everybody who has something to say. It is also a chance for us to introduce our sculptures in our unique way, to show the atmosphere and emotions that we put in each collection.”
|Kasane – Rain of the Moon Light|
Every character, standing around 17 inches tall, exudes a haunting reality with her own name and background. Using a range of materials, from clay and porcelain to exotic feathers and lace, the artistic designers create costumes to build dramatic individual personalities that sink deep into femininity and beauty. An Egyptian warrior, an African hunter, an oriental courtesan, all have a story to tell or secret to share and not one doll fails to captivate and enchant.
|Such a Beauty Lives in the North|
|Tory – The Peacock|
So what’s next for the talented twins? Their thoughts are now focusing towards more commercial avenues and a possible collection; “All our dolls are one of a kind, but we are planning to make limited edition dolls. Sooner or later our passion will lead us to creation of an actual haute couture collection, maybe it will happen when we get the feeling that we have said everything we wanted to say in Art. Maybe in the near future we will dedicate our collection to Russian culture and art.” The best yet to come from the Popovy Sisters whose detailed work is wowing both its audiences and its critics.
|Whisper The Black Queen|
|Kota – Obama Moorsy|
The Hunter The Guard
You can see more of the Popovy Sisters dolls on their website