It is with a heavy heart that I share with my friends in Crissy's World that a lovely lady and wonderful artist, Perla Schultz has left us. This beautiful woman passed on June 25, 2009 at 5 p.m.

Her talent was amazing! She had the rare ability to capture the essence of Crissy's style in her clothing designs. Always age appropriate, portraying Crissy and her family's intended ages, they were impeccably taylored and perfectly executed. I remember one time, we were chatting online about an idea I had for a sailor suit, all grooved up naturally, for Crissy. Amazingly, four short days later, there it was in my mailbox! It was mod. It was groovy. And it was so Crissy. It was if Perla herself had been sitting at that pre-production round table with other artists and stylists back in 1970, planning out the next line of Crissy Couture for the next year. I can tell you, I will treasure that outfit, the collection of mix and match pieces she made for me, and especially the 2003 special edition outfit that she made for each attendee of the Crissy and her Friends Groovy Get-together that she and her beautiful daughter, Tara, attended.

If you are lucky enough to own a piece by Highway Dolls, as Perla's design business was called, then you are lucky enough. I hope that you treasure it always.

The following pictures were provided by Perla's fiance Greg Alfaro.

Perla and Greg

Do you not see an angel in these eyes?

Perla and her daughter Tara.

Perla made this outfit for me some time ago when I was going through a particularly rough time. It appeared in my mailbox out of the blue, with a little note from her. I will cherish it always. Her talent will live forever.

Here is a collection that she gave to me. It's the entire Simplicity 5276 pattern, all in coordinating fabrics. I love this set!

And finally, Perla created this outfit for me too. One afternoon, we were chatting and I told her that I thought Crissy would be cute in a sailor hat, as well as a groovy-cute little sailor set. Four days later, this outfit arrived here in Atlanta, all the way from California. I suppose she sat right down and created it then and there. She went on to feature the outfit on her website. I hope you were one of the lucky ones who purchased one!

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Beth Colvin