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My name is Diana and I am the Creative Director of Mélange Dolls. My background is rooted within the fashion industry as a fashion designer and technical designer.

I started this journey when I wanted to buy a doll for my Goddaughter who is mixed race/biracial and struggled to find one that was representative of her. Her parents expressed the same concerns in that they too had that problem and were also forced to buy dolls that were either Black or White. My research showed that very few manufactures made dolls that were representative of mixed race/biracial children. This for me was a problem which needed to be addressed.

I believe it is very important to have dolls that are representative of all children and to as much as possible incorporate features that represents them. This to me is important as it will have an impact on the children’s confidence and self-esteem. Mélange means a blend or mixture of colours.

My current collection consists of four types of mixed race/biracial dolls. Two of the dolls comes with black curly hair and two with dark brown curly hair. Two of the dolls also have freckles.

For me it is my dream that all children have toys that represents them. I believe that this creates building blocks which enables them to grow up to be confident, secure, positive but most importantly proud of their individuality and diversity to eventually blossom into beautiful, strong and successful people.

Quality


From the outset my focus was to produce a collection of dolls that are beautiful with realistic looking features; durable and also wearing stylish and long-lasting clothes. The fabrics and trims are personally sourced by myself. I also design and produce the clothes.

A limited amount of fabrics is sourced to facilitate a regular and consistent change in styles and outfits. Therefore, all styles are designed, handmade and are a limited edition.

The dolls have rooted hair, which can withstand a gentle wash and be brushed and styled. However, it is important to handle with care as excessive washing and brushing can result in the hair losing their curls. I have given each doll a hair style. However, these can be changed into whatever style you like.

The dolls are soft to the touch which makes them easy for a child to cradle and cuddle. The dolls have been named after flowers they are: Azalea, Daisymae, Iris and Sorrel. However, the dolls can be renamed.

Mélange dolls are suitable for children aged 3 years old and over. The dolls are made to a very high standard and meet all the UK standards and testing for health and safety and carry the CE mark of safe toys.

Educational


Mélange dolls represent the vibrancy and the multicultural aspects of children with mixed heritage. They inspire confidence in the child as well as send a positive message to their peers. We believe it is important for a child to have a range of dolls within their collection as it promotes inclusivity, diversity and acceptance.

I also believe that a child who has a doll that “looks like me” will definitely improve their perception of the society they live in and be more confident in taking their place in the world.

For these reasons, I am happy to liaise with professionals who work with children who are or could potentially present with identity, self-confidence or self-esteem issues. Please contact me and indicate if you are ordering on behalf of a nursery, school, organisation or institution.