Back in 2009, we first interviewed George Gonzalez and his husband Tim Hoffman about their store in upstate New York, Angelic Dreamz. Named in honor of his mother Angelica, George had moved his business from Miami, Florida after twenty years of running a successful home goods and gift store.

 

It was his mother’s interest in collecting Barbie dolls that caught George’s interest, and soon Angelic Dreamz became a gift store that featured dolls. By the time they moved to New York, they were adding new lines from Tonner and Integrity in addition to Barbie, and their business did extremely well. George decided that he, too, could bring something new and exciting to the doll collecting community. His decades of business experience, and his own passion for fashion dolls gave him the inspiration to develop a new line. George, a photography major in college, also had the skill set to present the product in the best light and understood how to sell a product from a visual, a particularly important talent that would help him as retail moved quickly from store sales and promotions to offering product online via a well built and designed website.

 

At the time, George only hinted at an “exciting new doll project” he had just begun. Now, we know that that new project would become JamieShow dolls. Not only did George and Tim develop a new line of dolls, but they began to innovate the existing paradigm of what a fashion doll was, by adding their dynamic wig caps, and a variety of expressive hands, and later flat feet in addition to the more traditional high-heeled feet.

 

Over the years, JamieShow expanded from three dolls to a men’s line, celebrities and then a five year licensing run with Mel Odom to produce Gene Marshall and friends. At the time, reviving Gene for a third time was a challenging idea. Would there still be interest? Would Gene collectors spend more for a resin, ball-jointed doll? The answer was a resounding yes, and Gene would soon be joined by Madra, Violet, Trent, Zita and Marsha Hunt.

 

The expansion of the line also created a demand for an official event where these dedicated collectors could come together and share their new dolls. JamieShow first hosted a weekend party in Canandaigua, NY where the store was located, then Chicago for several years after the store was sold, culminating in a pool side event in Palm Springs this year. The plan for 2019 is to take the party to Miami, with an extended event in Gonzalez’ native Cuba.

 

The team continues to innovate and make subtle but effective changes in the dolls. “The JAMIESHOW 1/4 fashion BJD’s combine the posable ball structure of a BJD with the elegant figure of 16-inch fashion doll in a perfect way. They are designed with 18-20 points of articulation depending on the specific doll, for holding a variety of very human poses. Accessories for almost every other 16-inch fashion doll and fashion BJD, such as clothes, shoes and wigs are all suitable for JAMIESHOW BJD and vice versa.  Each doll is hand-made, there is no machinery used in manufacturing our dolls.  Each body is cast by hand, polished and sanded by hand, joined, strung and hand painted.  So in fact each doll is a one of a kind creation.”

 

One of the remarkable features of JAMIESHOW is the high-performance resin called Smooth J, which is solely made for BJD’s by the JAMIESHOW design team, it has far better properties than any other BJD material used ever before. Most of all, it doesn’t have any VOC substance or any hazardous metal elements , no odor emitting at all during the sanding process. It is a bona fide environment friendly material.

 

The Gene line has presented their finale in Palm Springs, but the door is always open to a special event doll or limited run depending on what comes up in the future. In the meantime, the JamieShow characters continue on, with Eshe in 18th regal splendor as Madame Isabella:

 

Continuing with our collection of Great Women and Fashion History we bring you the Catholic Queen of Spain Isabella.  Eshe is representing Queen Isabella of Spain, in her incredible gown.  Consisting of three pieces, a dress, a hoop skirt and an overcoat with high collar, and of course her shoes and jewelry.  Comes with a stand.  Eshe is a fully articulated doll with 19 points of articulation and made of exclusive JAMIEshow J-Resin.  She comes with a rooted interchangeable wig cap which can be work by any of our other JAMIEshow dolls. More recently, Ginnie made her latest appearance in a red carpet gown inspired by Versace as “Grand Entrance” Ginnie:

 

Great fashion is timeless and Ginnie represents the great fashion of the Medieval translated into a modern variation.  Ginnie making a grand entrance in her incredible gown.  Consisting beaded long gown with an ample train to make a distinctive entrance in royal red/burgandy, and of course her shoes and royal jewelry.  Comes with a stand.  Ginnie is a fully articulated doll with 19 points of articulation and made of exclusive JAMIEshow J-Resin.  She comes with a rooted interchangeable wig cap which can be work by any of our other JAMIEshow dolls.  This is a limited edition of 30 Dolls Worldwide.

 

The JAMIESHOW 1/4 fashion BJD’s combine the posable ball structure of a BJD with the elegant figure of 16-inch fashion doll in a perfect way. They are designed with 18-20 points of articulation depending on the specific doll, for holding a variety of very human poses. Accessories for almost every other 16-inch fashion doll and fashion BJD, such as clothes, shoes and wigs are all suitable for JAMIESHOW BJD and vice versa.  Each doll is hand made, there is no machinery used in manufacturing our dolls.  Each body is cast by hand, polished and sanded by hand, joined, strung and hand painted.  So in fact each doll is a one of a kind creation.

 

One of the remarkable features of JAMIESHOW is the high-performance resin called Smooth J, which is solely made for BJD’s by the JAMIESHOW design team, it has far better properties than any other BJD material used ever before. Most of all, it doesn’t have any VOC substance or any hazardous metal elements , no odor emitting at all during the sanding process. It is a

The red carpet theme now continues with the “Holiday Gala Collection”. The three show stoppers continue the theme of drop dead evening glamour featuring scarlet and black, with a decidedly Catholic influence, inspired by this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination”. The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—features a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.

 

You can see this influence in the black velvet cape that references the Pope’s mozzetta, a short cape that signifies his place in the hierarchy of the Church. The color red is dominant in the collection, also a symbolic and meaningful color in the church. Priests can wear a black cassock, although few of them do, and black clerical shirts, and bishops wear purple sashes. Catholic cardinals wear red robes as that the color signifies the blood of Christ.

In the Renaissance, it was not uncommon to refer to cardinals as “princes of the blood.” As this phrase has something of a cloak-and-dagger connotation, it has been dropped. And, despite most people’s assumptions, the bird, the cardinal, is named after members of the Sacred College of Cardinals, not the cardinal’s robes after the pretty red bird.

 

The three gowns are now available on the JamieShow site, along with Eshe and Isabella. In addition to the new collection, be sure to peruse the website for wig caps, hands and feet, lots of shoes for the girls and boys, sunglasses, dressing balls, furniture and single fashions by designers like Ayal Armon and a few items from precious events while they are still available. Because JamieShow is both manufacturer and distributor, their prices are also some of the lowest for this level of quality resin BJDs. The dolls ship to you from the U.S. so that shipping is minimal and customer service is direct and immediate. We also like the JS stands. They have a telescoping pole that screws into the base, making it a particularly stable doll stand, and versatile when using it with different dolls.