Kokeshi dolls by Becky Kemp

Cultural Icons as Kokeshi Dolls

The refashioning of fashion designers and artists as adorable little dolls continues. The traditional Japanese craft of kokeshi — limbless, emotionless, wood-carved figurines — is alive and well, as practiced by Becky Kemp, aka Sketch.

The English artist applies the tadpole treatment to cultural icons — Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo — who've never looked more kawaii. But beware: demand is high for her custom creations.

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Anna Wintour

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Marilyn Monroe

Roy Lichtenstein

Iris Apfel + Anna Wintour

Iris Apfel

Karl Lagerfeld + Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel + Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld + Choupette

Karl Lagerfeld

Lady Gaga

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh



Girl with the Pearl Earring

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly

Audrey Hepburn

The Little Mermaid

Marc Jacobs

Marie Antoinette

Piet Mondrian



Queen Elizabeth I

Vivienne Westwood

Yayoi Kusama + Georgia O'Keeffe

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Batman and Robin

The Beatles

Ferris Bueller


René Magritte

Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia

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Apr 08, 2016 12:29:00

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