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Meet the Popular Doll Designer, Aiesha Ali:  Interesting Story Behind Each Adorable Doll

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Meet the Popular Doll Designer, Aiesha Ali:  Interesting Story Behind Each Adorable Doll

Aiesha Ali is one of the most popular designers. She is not a designer for the Bollywood film stars but designs the dresses and clothes for the dolls that appear quite similar to the B-town actors. She designs the outfits that are an exact replica of the popular film actors and actresses. Aiesha has given a name to each and every doll present in her house in Ashok Nagar. This 34-year old woman not only has the habit of collecting dolls but also designs beautiful clothes for them.

She said, ‘I was four years old when my father got me my first doll. I remember her so well — obviously because she was my first. She was a 1984 Birthday Barbie. She wore a polka-dotted dress and a little locket. I think that was when it all started.’ In her residence in Mumbai, we can find more than 50 types of dolls alongside their parents. She had developed her love and passion for collecting dolls and dressing them uniquely since her childhood.

Even after becoming an adult, she couldn’t give up her love for dolls. She even had collected a 60th anniversary Barbie priced at Rs. 2999. She says, ‘Every one of them has a name and a backstory. It may seem childish to many, but it really helps me when I’m trying to think of new clothes or designs for them. It helps me build a storyline for some of my creations.’

When she was 12 or 13 years old, she has seen the wedding of Karisma Kapoor. She looked at the beautiful pink designer gown designed by Manish Malhotra. She then decided to give such outfits to her dolls. She then tried to recreate it with a pink cloth and rubber bands. From then, she started designing clothes for her dolls using her mother’s dupatta. Speaking about her education, she had finished her diploma course in Fashion Technology at IIT Bombay in 2001. She often posts the pictures of her designs on her Instagram page.

She then said, ‘I don’t go for a 100 percent similarity though. This is my retelling and my homage to their outfits, so I want there to be some difference. It’s my take on their fashion. This way, the dolls also get a chance to shine, and are not an exact replica.’

Published by Neetu Panwar on 16 Jul 2019
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