Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Toni Scott Grant is our 2015 Doll Legacy Award Recipient

Toni Scott Grant is a successful entrepreneur, celebrity wardrobe/costume stylist and motivational speaker. Prominently featured in the HarperCollins published, “The Mocha Manual to Turing Your Passion into Profit,” Toni chronicles her journey as the owner of ‘Scott Phree”, a former Houston-based fashion boutique.

 Currently Toni’s most passionate power play by far is being CEO and Head Designer of Haus of Swag, a registered trademark brand of apparel and accessories founded in 2011.

Earlier in her career, Toni studied Fashion Merchandise and Management at NY’s venerated Fashion Institute of Technology. While in school, Toni landed a job as a showroom assistant for a celeb-favored women’s fashion brand in the heart of NYC’s fashion district. This opportunity put her considerable talents directly in front of stylists and editors from wildly-popular magazines including Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, Essence, Glamour, and InStyle as well as assisting in the style division of TV shows such as The View and MTV’s House of Style. She also learned a considerable amount regarding the business retail aspect of fashion which aided in her own start-up journey.

Toni would later become freelance honing her craft as a fashion and prop stylist across several mediums, including film, television and print and counted clients from the elit world of Hollywood to the grit of Hip Hop. More recently, Toni has worked as a fashion and set costumer for live action shows such as Disney Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE, Cirque de Soleil, Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz” tour, CBS’s televised “Fashion Rocks’, Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience” tour, Madonna’s “Rebel Hear Tour” as well as Arianna Grande’s “The Honeymoon Tour.”

She is deeply passionate about the empowerment of women and young girls. In 2011, Toni was a guest speaker for Project LEAD, a Houston-based organization where she presented a college prep career workshop about fashion styling and costuming to a group of at-risk high school senior girls. The following year, she was invited to be a panelist at “Female Power,” a symposium of successful Houston-area entrepreneurs moderated by Houston’s Fox 26 news.  Toni has also appeard on Arise TV's, "Arise and Shine" and ABC 7, "here And Now."

Recipient of the 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award in 2009, Toni has long been committed to raising the bar for herself. In addition to her degree in Speech Communications, she has studied abroad at the American University of Rome furthering her interpersonal expertise and art history respectively. In 2014, Toni was selected from among thousands of participants to be one of the five women chosen as the “Face of Flower”, a cosmetics company owned by award-winning actress, screenwriter and film producer Drew Barrymore.

She is a proud member of the Local 764 Theatrical Wardrobe Union (I.A.T.S.E.) of NY and has volunteered for the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) New York Fashion Week. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Debbie Garrett's Doll Journey

Debbie Garrett has been very instrumental in assisting me with the Detroit Doll Show. Her expertise is undeniably untouchable when it comes to Black Dolls. I am in Awe and inspired by her. She is our 2015 Doll Legacy Recipient. Read a little about her Doll Journey:

Debbie Garrett's interest in collecting black dolls commenced after the 1991 catalogue purchase of a 'collectible' porcelain doll intended as a gift for her daughter. After the doll's arrival, the decision to keep the doll and to begin a collection ensued. Her avid interest in black-doll history prompted research on dolls made during and before her childhood. She began freelance writing in 1998 for Black Doll-E-Gram. Prior to writing her first black-doll reference book, The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls, Hobby House Press, Inc., 2003, Ms. Garrett's efforts to connect with other like-minded collectors culminated in founding the WeLoveBlackDolls Yahoo! Group, in January 2001. In February, 2002, as cofounder and editor of The Black Doll-E-Zine, 'the first and only e-zine (now group) devoted to collecting black dolls,' her doll research, writing, and networking with doll collectors and artists continued.

In 2008, Garrett self-published Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion, a full color book which references and values over 1000 black dolls. Her most recent work, The Doll Blogs: When Dolls Speak I Listen, first introduced as an eBook and sold through the Google eBookstore, became available as an ultra-limited edition paperback in April 2011. The Doll Blogs is the first book featuring dolls that blog.

As a member-at-large of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, Ms. Garrett has contributed to their Doll News quarterly publication. Garrett's articles have also been published in Doll Castle News, Contemporary Doll Collector, British Doll Showcase, DOLLS Magazine, DollReader, and Fashion Doll Quarterly.

Ms. Garrett, a native Texan, is the married mother of two adult children, and doting granny of two precocious boys. Her non-doll-researching/collecting time is spent working as a CMT-credentialed, home-based, QIS for a leading global provider of clinical documentation.