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Convention Banquet Ends The Reflections on Fashion 2005 Convention
Reflections on Fashion: UFDC National Doll Convention 2005, Report and Photos

Great Eras American Model Doll at UFDC Banquet

Denise Van Patten. with permission of the UFDC, c. 2005

Great Eras of Fashion Dolls: Auctioned To Benefit Breast Cancer After Convention Banquet; Regina Wentworth Gift Set is the Convention Souvenir Doll

By the end of the week, convention attendees are happily exhausted and a bit dolled out--but, they always rally for the final event of the convention--the gala banquet. This year's banquet was greatly anticipated, thanks to a convention doll by the Tonner Doll Company (the convention doll is not revealed until the end of the banquet), For the banquet entertainment, the Tonner Doll Company put on a live runway show, with beautiful models modelling life-sized fashions from the Tyler Wentworth line of dolls from the past five years.

This year for the first time, a charity auction held immediately after the banquet auctioned the centerpiece dolls to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The dolls, the American Model Great Eras of Fashion dolls collection, celebrate 10 eras of fashion from the Renaissance to Camelot (the 1960s; pictured is Antebellum). The dolls were designed by Robert Tonner and Joe Petrollese (the Tonner Design Director). The dolls were produced in limited editions of 15 dolls each. Prices were generally in the $400 to $650 range per doll, and they raised a great deal of money for the Foundation.

Next year's convention will be held in Dallas in July. If you can't wait until then, there are other doll conventions, including the Modern Doll Collectors' Convention in Anaheim in October!

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