What inspires the fashionable outfits that the Malaville girls wear?
The inspirations for fashionable outfits the girls wear come in different ways. Sometimes the feel of certain fabric would spark an idea, I love African prints because making the clothing on such a small scale allows each piece to look totally unique and that’s my obsession. There are times where I would wear an outfit and I get the urge to make a small scale version. I tend to just go with the flow, creating doll clothing can get so obsessive because once you start, the ideas just keep rolling in.
I read that you developed the dolls in Cape Town. Does anything of this city rub off in the dolls’ look and personality?
I’m based in Cape Town half of the year so when I started taking the project on seriously I was here, however there is something magical about Cape Town that gets my creative juices flowing. So I would say there’s a bit of Cape Town influence around, such as Malina doll loves to collects minerals (I love going to the scratch patch in Simons Town).
Styling + Art Direction + hats: Crystal Birch // Photographer: Antonia Steyn // Models: Maisha, Mala, Malina and Mhina