“Frozen Charlotte” doll with white satin dress, late 19th century.
The little china doll has no joints in the arms or legs, so she is “frozen” in one position. The dolls were popularized by a Victorian story in which a girl was so vain, she refused to cover her beautiful dress up with a coat during a carriage ride home in the winter. When the destination was reached, Charlotte was discovered to be frozen solid.
This doll is wearing a white satin gown - possibly meant to represent a wedding dress - with a long train, edged in lace. Its somewhat clumsy construction indicates it was probably made by the child who owned the doll, likely from dress scraps. The doll’s feet are bare, which may indictate this was a “bathing baby” doll, instead of a dress doll, which often had painted feet and stockings.
I know everyone is all on board the Marionette or Miss Fortune thing, and idk if what I’m about to suggest has been thought of before or not but…
Marinette getting possessed by an akuma
it happens because something happened to make her feel empty, alone, fragile, hurt; maybe Adrien rebuffed her affections putting Marinette at an all time low, and maybe Chloe saw that and took her chance to make Marinette feel so awful
She transforms and becomes China Doll; she is now essentially porcelain, and her outfit is more traditionally Chinese
At her touch, things turn to porcelain, and they stop being able to move. This way nobody can leave her again, and they won’t be able to hurt themselves either. How perfect, a world of glass is, as long as it’s undisturbed.
But really, who can trust a cat around glass things? Of course one would disturb what China Doll has created.
He spots her and he recognizes her as Marinette. He tries to appeal to her, to make her stop, because he doesn’t want to break her further.
@megatraven Slight alterations to China Doll’s design. Added mask because a good number of the villains have one and it helps her be less recognizable as Marinette (and part of the whole show revolves around the fact that Adrien can’t recognize Marinette in a mask, upping drama when he does recognize her as an akuma :P) It also serves to let her be more emotionless.
Other than that, extra ball joints and a bow + bleeding heart to make it more interesting.
The Dainty China Country and its ruler, the China Princess. In the Oz book series, Glinda has created all of these little kingdoms in the land of the south (a kingdom of rabbits, a paper doll kingdom, etc.) and so I imagine she created this kingdom as well. The wall of the country is made to look like ruins to keep people out (it’s also very tall), but the occasional traveler gets in. I wanted it to be really idyllic and picturesque. The designs of the Princess and her handmaidens are inspired by Marie Antoinette and her friends.