MICHAEL JACKSON DOLLS by Mary van der Heijden and Elke Diehm
Welcome to my website on which I like to show you my Michael Jackson dolls collection.
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 Michael Jackson doll with a smooth criminal suit on the internet, I decided to try and make one for myself. Then one of my daughters asked me to make the golden fencing outfit from the Dangerous Tour and that was the start of many, many more. At this moment my collection holds over 100 dolls.
I spend a lot of time searching for the right material because in honor of Michael, I want 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’. The jacket is covered with thousends of stones and they are put on one by one... I made many outfits, from the early years when Michael was part of the Jacksons/Jackson 5, until the outfits that were meant for ‘This is It’. In time more dolls will be added, because I am always busy making new ones.
The dolls I use were originally made in 1995, they were dressed in the outfit Michael Jackson wore in the ‘Black or White’ video. They came in a silent and in a singing version.
As you can see, all 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 thankful that my dear friend Elke Diehm makes them for me. Without these beautiful heads my dolls wouldn’t be half as nice!
We share our love for Michael and we are very thankful he brought us together.
On the page ‘videos’ you can find a video which shows how I make the outfits and what kind of material I use and also a video of rotating dolls. On the page 'events' you will find photos of events we took place in, and people we met. Like the exhibition in the Getty Gallery in London in 2012 where we met Mr. Michael Bush, or the taping of ‘the ultimate Chart show’ in Cologne Germany in 2014 where we met Mr. Jermaine Jackson. The dolls played a little part in this show.
I hope you enjoy viewing the dolls and if you have questions or remarks, you can send an email:
Please note that I do not sell the dolls.
Thank you for watching!
Mary van der Heijden