Thursday, January 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Original Candi Girl

Hamilton Design Systéme Candi Couture ad, Doll Reader, August 1994


While searching through my doll article archives, I stumbled upon a xerographic copy of an article a doll friend from Novia Scotia sent me in 1998.  I was pleased to see the headshot of the creator of the original Candi Girl dolls, Helena Hamilton.  Of course I read the article when Kim sent it to me, but had forgotten all about it and had definitely forgotten that I had seen the lovely image of Ms. Hamilton.


After scanning the two-page article, "Hey There Candi Girl! Barbie Doll's Sophisticated Competition" by Beauregard Houston-Montgomery, published in the December/January 1998 issue of Contemporary Doll Collector, I decided to share it here along with a link to a post I published in February 2010 on Hamilton's Candi




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8 comments:

  1. Who knew? Thanks for the info. I had to stop reading the article because there are a number of Candi dolls on my list, and I didn't want to hop over to anther site and start spending money I don't have.

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    1. The article wasn't meant to enable, but I know it is easy for that to happen to doll lovers.

      I had forgotten that Hamilton had been a backup singer for the people mentioned in the article.

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  2. Thank you for the information, I didn't know this doll yet, she's lovely!

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  3. I didn't know the Candi Girl line was ever at Toys R Us. Neat. I thought that the line was mail order and then Ms. Hamilton worked with Mikelmann and then Integrity Toys. Thanks for sharing this information ;-)

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  4. Hi D7ana,

    I never saw them at Toys R Us either. Note: The article was published in Jan. 1998. The Candi-Toys R Us collaboration was a plan that might have fallen through for unknown reasons. Things change. She did well without them.

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  5. This release was wayyyy before I started collecting, lol. These dolls look pretty fierce as we used to say back in the day.

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    1. Candi Girls were pretty fierce for fashion dolls. There were no other like them. I think Integrity learned a lesson or two from Ms. Hamilton's productions.

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