2018 Little Darling Fashion Gala

2018 Modern Doll Collectors Convention®

Little Darling Fashion Gala”

A Garden Party

September 19 – 22, 2018


New Orleans LA

2018 Rules for Entry

  • The 2018 “Little Darling Fashion Gala“ model will be a 13-inch Little Darling doll by Diana Effner.
  • Our 2018 theme is “A Garden Party.” Please write a short (100 words or less) story about your costume entry and use your choice of an outfit to relate to the story. For example: you could have a young girl going to a Garden Party in the famed Garden District of New Orleans, or why she needs a new dress. The theme is wide open for your creative interpretation! Your doll may be customized, costumed and styled as you see fit. Costume must be completely created by the submitting artist. You will create a costume and mail it in.
  • When creating your design, please keep in mind that no large accessories are allowed – they must fit into a tea cup or be an appropriately scaled hand-held accessory such as a staff or parasol. We do not encourage accessories as they may get lost. Please email for clarification.
  • If you would like to enter, please send an email of intent to Patsy Moyer moddoll@yahoo.com  The sooner you submit your request to enter, the longer you will have to perfect your creation. Please also submit the following with your completed design as per the highlighted instructions below:
    • Your title: Please provide a title for your entry.
    • Your story: Tell us how/why you transformed Little Darling into “A Garden Party” character. Send us a story, (50-100) words (no more) telling us who she is and how your design helps depict her story. The story will be featured on our website and enjoyed by our online visitors and will be displayed on a 3 x 5 index card with your entry during the convention. Use your story to pique the interest of our judges as they will read it when they are judging. Hint: the judges like stories.
    • Your costume/outfit description: Please provide a physical description of your costume for publication; for example: “the costume is 5 pieces made of silk and tulle….” Etc. Be brief 50 words or less – otherwise it will be edited.
    • Your bio and headshot: Please provide a short bio (25-50 words) and a photo of you for publication on our web site. Include your website and contact information as applicable.
    • Entry photos: All entries will be photographed by MDCC for inclusion on our website and in our “Little Darling Fashion Gala” 2018 Presentation program. We do welcome your own photos showing your entry posed as you wish. If you do send photos, please submit up to 5 poses as high resolution jpeg files. They may or may not be used at our discretion.
  • Please note: Please submit all written material and photos as electronic text files and jpeg images sent via email to Dodie Vaughn, dodienbri@aol.com and copy to Patsy Moyer moddoll@yahoo.com
  • (Do not send printed material/cards with your entry). All written material and photos are subject to editing.
  • Twelve entries will be chosen for inclusion in our 2017 “Little Darling Fashion Gala” lineup. Additional entries that do not make the final cut will be donated to our Helper room.
  • At our 2018 Convention Event, a panel of judges made up of industry professionals and manufacturers will consider the entries and award First, Second and Third prizes. A People’s Choice Award will also be presented based on votes received on our website and ballots submitted by our convention attendees.

            This year the First Prize and the People’s Choice Prize will be a Basic Registration to the 2019 Modern

             Doll Convention.

  • Thereafter, the 12 entries will be auctioned to the highest bidders. All monies raised from this auction will be donated directly to the chosen charity, designated by Connie Lowe, our convention souvenir doll artist.
  • All completed entries must be shipped no later than June 1st, 2018 to: Dodie Vaughn, 21 Swains Pond Ave. Malden, MA 02148 MDI telephone: 763 634-2614 MDI FAX: 866-343-1225


My thanks to you, our designers, who so generously donate their time talent and hard work to benefit others.

Patsy Moyer, President, MDCC