Del Rio, 2005

Kansas City Doll Fair, 2005
Best of Show: Cloth – Non Professional

I’m a 5th generation Texan on both sides of my family, so the whole cowboy genre is dear to me. I adore the glamour of the 40’s and 50’s, so Del Rio was created. Although she got her start from a Tony Lama personalized purse found at a resale shop, the true inspiration came from the old Roy Rogers and Gene Autry movies I watched while making her. Dale Evans knew how to dress.

The boots are my favorite part of Del Rio. I had wanted to make a small pair of cowboy boots for a long time and had fun doing them. They are made of painted leather from a favorite old coat of my dad’s. He wanted me to “make my dolls.” In honor of him, I try to incorporate something of his in every piece. Love you, Dad…and miss you.



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