Source: Michaeljackson-dolls | Edited By – All Things Michael
Mary van der Heijden’s love for Michael Jackson has turned into a creative passion. What started as a collection of dolls originally made in 1995 dressed as Michael in the Black or White short film, has now grown into many replicas of the iconic style that made him famous for many eras.
When Michael died, I was so very sad and upset I felt I just had to do something to remember and honor him. I always loved to sew and to do needlework, and when I saw a doll with a smooth criminal suit on the internet, I decided to try and make one for myself. It turned out nice, but I wasn’t 100% satisfied and I didn’t keep it myself. Then one of my daughters asked me to make the golden fencing outfit from the Dangerous Tour, it turned out very nice and that was the start of many more.
I spend a lot of time searching for the right material because I like the outfits to be as close to the original as possible. Some only take a few hours to make, but others take weeks, like the jacket Michael wore while performing the song ‘what more can I give’. This jacket is covered with thousends of stones and they are put on one by one.I make many outfits, from the early years when Michael was part of the Jacksons, or Jackson 5, until the outfits that were meant for ‘This is It’.
Most of my dolls have restyled / rerooted hair and repainted faces so that they match to how Michael looked when he wore that specific outfit. I cannot do this myself, therefore I am very happy that my dear friend Elke Diehm from Germany makes them for me. Without these beautiful heads, for me, my dolls wouldn’t be half as nice! We share our love for Michael and are very thankful he brought us together.
Mary’s talents has even gotten the attention of Michael’s long time designer Michael Bush and his brother Jermaine Jackson. Her attention to every little detail makes the accuracy of these outfits truly amazing.
Check out the video below.
To find out more about Mary’s dolls and how she makes them, click here.
Please note that none of her dolls are for sale.