The Trib's 2011 Movie Paper Doll Contest
Nicole Kidman won't be alone when deciding what she should wear on the red carpet for next month's Oscar party.
Local individuals want to have a say in her attire, too. Kidman is the red-carpet model for the Trib's 2011 Movie Paper Doll Contest.
Contestants are invited to use fabric, bangles, sparkles and miniature accessories to create a Kidman paper doll.
The grand-prize winners in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Valley News Dispatch circulation areas will each receive a pair of tickets to the "Lights! Glamour! Action!" black-tie gala hosted by the Pittsburgh Film Office on Feb. 27, a $100 gift certificate, miniature statuette, movie clapboard, Hollywood Hall of Fame Peel 'n Place star and Hollywood paper dolls.
The grand-prize winner in the Tribune-Review (Greensburg) circulation area will receive a pair of tickets to the Hollywood Party at the Palace, a black-tie gala hosted by the Westmoreland Cultural Trust on Feb. 26, a $100 gift certificate, miniature statuette, movie clapboard, Hollywood Hall of Fame Peel 'n Place star and Hollywood paper dolls.
Two runners-up in each circulation area will each receive a $50 gift certificate and Hollywood paper dolls.
Last year's winners were more than willing to offer general tips for designing the dolls.
"I just use what inspires me," says Jacqueline Martini, of Evans City. "I have a lot of items at home I can use, but I also go out looking for items too. You should design what you like, and just have fun with it."
Martini plans on creating more than one doll. Her designs begin with seeing what celebrities are wearing on the red carpet. It helps to delve into the current fashion trends to find the hottest colors and patterns so your doll will be in style.
"For inspiration, I watch the Golden Globes or go on the computer and look at all the dresses," Martini says. "I noticed this year at the Golden Globes, they didn't wear a lot of jewelry. They wore some earrings, but it was amazing they got away from the jewelry."
Inspiration comes from browsing through fabric and craft stores, such as Jo-Ann Fabrics, where you can check out a lot of different materials to see what catches your eye.
"It is key to use a piece of cardboard backing for the doll and making a stand for it, too, because if you don't, the doll will be too wimpy, and you will have trouble working with it because it won't stand up," Martini says. "I really enjoy fashion so that is why I like the contest, and I am sure there are other people out there like me who enjoy it too."
Gail Caison from Jeannette agrees with Martini that Jo-Ann Fabrics has some great fabric choices. She makes a trip to Michaels, too, for materials to make shoes and accessories. This year, her design will most likely be a wrap dress similar to the Daniella Issa Helayel design worn by Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton at their engagement announcement.
"That wrap dress is so popular that I thought I might use one like it for my doll," Caison says. "I like to use stretch fabric like bathing-suit fabric because it is easier to manipulate."
Making sure the dress stays on is important, so Lynda Sadecky of Lower Burrell uses tac glue, which works best when adhering an outfit to the doll. She also recommends going with an outfit that is realistically something that Kidman would wear and also something she could actually walk in.
"I have made dolls in the past where I didn't use any backing or enough glue and I thought, 'This doll can't leave the house like this.' Look at what is in fashion and you can use that as an idea for your doll," she says. "You can look in magazines, online and on television. There are so many things you can do to dress up your doll from mixing and matching pieces to adding lots of interesting embellishments and accessories. Let your imagination roll."
Sadecky hopes to defend her title as winner.
"I had the best time last year at the Oscar party," Sadecky says. "I will remember that night for a long time. I would love to win again and get back there."
Download the PDF of the Kidman doll template (see the left-hand column of this story). Print it at actual size. Then, feel free to use fabric, bangles, sparkles and miniature accessories in creating your fab fashion.
Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number. To be eligible for prizes, contestants must live within the Trib Total Media coverage area.
Mail or deliver your entry to:
- Movie Paper Doll Contest, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
- Movie Paper Doll Contest, Tribune-Review, 622 Cabin Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601
- Movie Paper Doll Contest, Valley News Dispatch, 210 Fourth Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18.