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Fancy designing some smalls?

The next big thing in city fashion wanted by new museum

Published on January 21st 2011.

Fancy designing some smalls?

YOU'VE heard of size zero, now here's the Liverpudlian version.

Or should that be the Liliputian version...

Designer Kirsty Doyle is encouraging budding fashion designers of all ages to enter a competition.

The prize is the chance to have their Liverpool-inspired fashion designs on display in the Museum of Liverpool when it opens this summer.

Says the blurb: “Creative people are being invited to submit miniature fashion designs to be included in Made Up: The Liverpool Look display, which will examine the impact that fashion and style has had on perceptions of individuals and the city as a whole.”

Whoa. Rewind, rewind.

In case you thought this was all about a homage to Lacoste or Berghaus - and the 14 stone city scals who embrace such sartorial elegance – the watchword is MINIATURE.

“Local people will be able to present their interpretations of the widespread trends, styles and experiences of Liverpool people in the form of outfits designed for dolls.”

Lizzy Rodgers, curator of community content for the Museum of Liverpool, said: “We had the quirky idea of showcasing designs by asking applicants to create outfits for fashion dolls, based on a particular Liverpool style, ‘style tribe’ or replicas of outfits they’ve seen on the streets of the city.

“The fashion and style of Liverpool people is unique and distinct, and we want the local community to play a major part in creating a display which demonstrates personal style, the style of the city and the style of our various fashion exports.”

The outfits should be for dolls of approximately 30cm in height, they say, “so Barbie, Ken, and Sindy are all examples of the types of dolls that would be suitable for this purpose”.

Liverpool-born top designer Kirsty Doyle will be hosting two workshops to support people in producing an entry from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 23 and 30 January at World Museum. Places, for age 14+, are limited. Contact Lizzy Rodgers on 0151 478 4439.

Here are some of our own ideas (pictured). But never fear. If designing for dolls is beyond you, you could cheat by going down to Primark, buying anything and giving it a hot wash.

*To download a competition entry form (deadline for entries is Feb 4) visit the Museum of Liverpool Get Involved page on liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.

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Society watcherJanuary 12th 2011.

Is that that mate of Herbert's who always appears in those pictures in Your Move of parties in dentists?

Savile RoeJanuary 14th 2011.

That can't be a "sexy networker" - he's wearing a tie with a suit. That lot go about tieless like Adrian Chiles or that tramp who does the sport on North West Tonight.

Veronica KnickersJanuary 14th 2011.

I can't stand these sort of men who Savile Row refers to. They have either been sacked from Radio City (everyone) or hang around with orange women. But they are uniformly vacuous. A man in a suit with no tie is a man with something to hide.

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