It is a decade since the first issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly (FDQ) burst onto the fashion doll collecting scene, arriving at a time of growth within the hobby.
The magazine was founded by Pat Henry and fellow collector Sonia Rivera. After contributing to other doll magazines like Barbie Bazaar, Pat rediscovered her love of writing. With a background as a fashion stylist and in the advent of digital photography, Pat began shooting her doll collection with the same attention to detail given to real fashion models. All of these interests were put out on the burgeoning Internet on forums like Prego and Pink Parlor. She had worked on two books with Tim Alberts and Mary King (The Art of Miniature Millinery, and From Beginning to Last: The Art of Making Doll Shoes) and so her interest in publishing was piqued as well. On a visit to New York for Toy Fair, Sonia pitched the idea of doing a fashion doll magazine together. The two had become friends when Pat had become a frequent contributor to a published newsletter for Gene collectors called The Gene Scene, created by Sonia. Although intrigued by the idea of fashion doll magazine, Pat was initially skeptical. However, home PCs had become so easy to use, with creation and design facilitated by programs like Quark and Photoshop, so the idea wasn’t so farfetched. After some research they decided to invest both financially and emotionally in a glossy quarterly that would cover all kinds of fashion dolls. They could not have envisaged that Haute Doll would debut the same month. The feedback they received was “Who are you? The Barbie Bazaar ladies have more experience, so you will never last”! The irony is that the naysayers are now former companies or employees of companies that the magazine still work with, and they are gone. Fashion Doll Quarterly and Pat Henry are still here. Sonia quickly dropped out after the first few issues but at that point, Pat just felt too committed to walk away and admit defeat. As she is only too happy to attest, she is one of the most stubborn people you will ever meet, and quickly made the decision to keep the magazine going no matter what. Not necessarily the wisest choice, but one she does not regret, particularly now that Fashion Doll Quarterly has made it to this milestone.