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Here are Polaroid photos, color Xerox illustrations, and sketches from Carleigh's Portfolio. I was in contact with Carleigh in 2003-2005. She sent me the photos, illustrations and sketches, marketing material, along with the Splashes of Sound fabric and many boxed dolls and fashions. She was going to send unfinished samples, patterns, etc., but those were already packed for her move. She did not send the black and white Xerox of illustrations because the fashions were in color in the photos. I returned the Polaroids and Xerox copies, so she could keep them in her portfolio. I still have the sketches from her sketchbook, along with the large trace of the Matching Medley fashion.
Carleigh was a free spirit at Hasbro; she didn't necessarily follow the corporate norms. She started working on her masks and because they were so positively receive; Hasbro wanted to create fashions to go with. So the Mardi Gras assortment was born, along with a Halloween costume assortment. The concept was the fashions would be associated with the Starlight Girls and the costumes would be sold for real girls to wear.
So Sunbow produced episode 5205-50 - "Mardi Gras" and may have inspired episode 5205-33 - "Trick or Techrat"
Carleigh was one of two designers let go because Jem was canceled.
Carleigh had only taken credit for two produced fashions Moroccan Magic and Midnight Magic. She also took (and given credit) for the Mardi Gras fashions. Carleigh also took credit for coordinating the colors of the Matching Medley fashions, but did not take credit for any of the actual designed pieces in the collection. I verified the another designer designed teh actual peices. And I would have to assume she deserves credit for the International fashions and 2 Flipside Fashions, 2 unknown fashions below. At this date I have not verified those fashions. She is credited with 609038-01R.
She may have designed similar fashions or variations on known fashions, but she did not take credit for any other fashion, because other designers did the majority of the work and/or the original fashion. I do have verification by her fellow designers from her department. Actual design and prototyping credit can be seen on JEM’s Fashion Connection.
Update: Carleigh was hired as an In-house Designer. It seems Hasbro may have had her design some fashions on a freelance (trial) basis, before they moved her from California to Rhode Island to work at Hasbro Corporate. Hasbro paid for her family to move, she did work within the walls of Hasbro, and she was let got (terminated) when Jem was finally canceled. She told me that she worked in Hasbro, and it was verified by her co-workers.
Jan 2013 updated: The Carleigh Hoff saga continues …
After the items in her New Mexico home were abandoned and put up at auction, and then sold on ebay a few years ago -- the items that still remained ended up in a storage unit, which was later auctioned too. First to hit the ebay by the new seller was the 7 dolls, her Hasbro Employee Benefits Package and the Hasbro Bradley Herald - Volume 2 No. 4 1986. One item with the dolls was this known purple prototype dress – I’ll have do some digging to find out more info about it. It is over top a purple jumpsuit which is a little iffy. I’m not sure if that jumpsuit is a Jem prototype, but it is the similar style of jumpsuit Carleigh designed for the quad fashion that was turned into Splashes of Sound by another designer. It is still unknown if Carleigh’s fashion was altered to create "Splashes of Sound" or if Carleigh tried to improve upon and change the design of that fashion submited by a felance artist, which Carleigh may had to have prototyped. The fabric and pattern of the jumpsuit is also similar to the Match Medley fashions that Carleigh help coordinate.
Below is the type of dress that Carleigh was going to send me almost 10 years ago; she thought it was funny that I would be interested in it because it was not complete. There are no closures on the dress. All these years later at least apiece ended up where she wanted it to go.
The Hasbro Bradley Herald includes 3 articles related to Jem, including one about an internal Hasbro award that was given to an employee who worked on development of Jem, because Hasbro was so confident that Jem was going to be a huge success in 1986. (notice the picture from the 1986 Toy Fair pictured below)
The Employee Benefits Profile shows Carleigh was an employee at Hasbro moved to Rhode Island.
Unknown Jem dress, and jumpsuit. Seems like the dress could be for the On Stage Fashion collection.
Picture does not do this dress justice … looks bad because there are no closures and it’s over the jumpsuit.
The Design Director of Girls' Soft did not recognize the purple dress as a Jem prototype. She thought Carleigh may have designed it after leaving Hasbro. So the jury is still out on if it is a Jem prototype or not, but the fact that this Rio fashion is so similar to a produced Rio Fashion and they were together makes me have believe that this is still some type of Jem prototype.
Unknown Rio fashion, but seems very similar to, if not, Rio’s Fashion “Time Is Running Out™” Similar style and pattern for the shorts, and the top is a similar color to the net top of the produced fashion. Missing the tank top, but the color of this top and the produced top makes me wonder if that white top in the prototype fashion picture from the card and doll posters is an error. Similar to the veclro closer issue on the pictured prototype of “Midnight Magic™ which Carleigh point out.
better pictures and scans of everything will be coming soon ...
Over the summer of 2015 there were three auctions with Carleigh Hoff Polaroids that had not surfaced on eBay previously. The seller said they got them from a yard sale, after a previous eBay seller got Carleigh’s stuff above from a storage unit … after the original eBay seller got them in Carleigh’s estate/foreclosure sale. This new seller finally auction the last of her stuff the Monday before Christmas – included was a punch of prototype fashions pieces (produced and unproduced), 1 last Polaroid, a bunch of correspondence between Carleigh and Hasbro, another Hasbro Bradley Herald and around ten sketchbooks of Carleigh’s drawings and notes.
click image for more information about fabric from Carleigh
Looks like Carleigh had some alternate ideas for Splashes of Sound -- but she did not take credit for this fashion.
Carleigh designed this dress/tunic, pants/suit and sleeves were designed to be worn in four different ways. 1.) dress (belt) with sleeves, 2.) pants (jumpsuit) with sleeves, 3.) tunic (dress no belt), pants, and sleeves, and dress (belt) 4.) dress (belt) with pants
The dress was originally designed to open to show purple underneath as the tunic version. No tube top was part of this design. The elastic on the top of the jumpsuit worn with belt and sash could give the appearance of a tube top.
Carleigh also seemed to have designed on variations of There’s A Medley Playing at part of the hiring process -- extended the dress and veering the length. But Carleigh did not design the finished version or prototype the fashion. designer credit
Carleigh's employment submission version allowed the skirt to be raised and lowered all they way down to the ankles.
Carleigh was in charge of the fashions for the new Starlight Girl dolls, based on Christy Marx original characters.
Carleigh also designed a set of Misfits girls because she thought it was not fair for the Holograms to have teen girls, but the Misfits did not. She designed them based on Jetta, because Jetta was the last Misfits to be prototyped by her department.
Mardi Gras Video Costumes Assortment
Episode 5205-50 Mardi Gras
fish/koi - seen on Jem
butterfly - seen on Kimber
Photo of Carleigh's Prototype
Photo of Carleigh's Prototype
Photo of Carleigh's Prototype
Photo of Carleigh's Prototype
(The dress Stormer wore was not a Hasbro prototype.)
Carleigh created the masks, and Hasbro loved them so much, she had to create the fashions to sell them.
Hasbro liked Carleigh's masks so well, they were coming up with real Halloween costumes for girls to show case them. They may have been promoted on the Straight Girls in the series -- they were not going to be promoted with the main charaters and not avaliable in doll scale.
The Stingers Assortment 4012
Episode 5205-58 The Stinger's Hit Town
Prototype dolls can be seen here. Carleigh's department prototyped these fashions, but she was not the designer.
The World Tour fashions wore dropped right away. Marketing thought the International them made it look like Hasbro was running out of ideas -- similar to a TV show going to Europe or vacation to Hawaii to boost ratings.
Also check out Carleigh's later work at her web site greenspiritstudio.com, Carleigh's daughter helped her with the website, and is continuing to keep it up in memory of her mother. Carleigh was a true artistic genius.