Doug James – JDJ International, Inc.
James is the owner and creator of the C.E.D. and “S” Series lines of 19
inch fashion dolls and the 16 inch Somers and Field line including
Willow and Daisy and Violett and Gabby fashion dolls now in resin.
Doug’s entry into the fashion doll world was completely unexpected. . .
He graduated from Eastern
Michigan University with a degree in Theatre Arts; the study of acting,
directing, costume and set design. At the time he assumed any design
work would be in the larger scale rather than smaller.
Moving to Manhattan after
graduation Doug used a variety of his many talents. He worked at the
Julliard School of the Arts in the costume department as well as for the
Brooks-Van Horn Costume Co. He spent two seasons as Artistic
Director for the Shady Lane Playhouse, a professional theatre company
outside of Chicago.
Back in New York Doug created millinery (and
still does) for the Broadway stage for such plays as: Phantom of the
Opera, Will Roger’s Follies, Guys and Dolls, Nine, Candida, Streetcar
Named Desire, St. Joan, Beauty and the Beast, and recently for Aladdin.
For several years Doug
worked with John Noble at the Museum of the City of New York restoring
antique French fashion doll clothing. He made four one-of-a-kind dolls that were exhibited there. He taught theatrical millinery for graduate and under-graduate students at Rutgers University for over ten years.
Doug works on film as a
costumer and milliner. Among his movies are Mona Lisa Smile with Julia
Roberts, Kevin Costner’s Wyatt Earp, Wolf with Jack Nickolson, Guarding
Tess with Shirley Maclaine, Sabrina, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet
Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, The Good Shepherd with Angelina
Jolie and Matt Damon, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller,
The Muppets with Jason Segel, and the recently released Muppets Most
Wanted with Tina Fey.
Doug is an Assistant
Wardrobe Director on Saturday Night Live and regularly works on PBS’s
Sesame Street, plus the Late Night show with Seth Meyers, and the
Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He is a two time Emmy award winner for
his work in television.
In the fashion doll and collectible doll world, Doug has produced award winning designs for the Gene doll for the Ashton-Drake Company. He has also designed for the Madam Alexander, Knickerbocker, Horsman, and Integrity doll companies.
Doug’s company is called JDJ
International, Inc. JDJ International came into being over 14 years
ago. It has a rich, prolific and award winning history. JDJ
International has two divisions. Learn more about the beginnings of the Fashion Doll Division. Learn more about our Theatrical Millinery Division.
At this point, Doug has
created over a dozen fashion doll characters in well over sixty
different “editions” in four different fashion doll lines accompanied by
a vast assortment of costumes and accessories plus a variety of fashion
doll one-of-a- kinds.
Along with solid U.S. sales
he has also developed an active international market. Some dolls have
been award winning. Both C.E.D. and “S” Series fashion dolls have
appeared in unique venues like the Bloomingdale Holiday Windows in New
York. C.E.D. doll Claire graced a CD album cover for a popular techno-rock musical group.