Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New paper dolls coming this spring from Paper Studio Press!

We've got six new paper doll books in the works for Paper Studio Press, and what an array of subjects; from fashion to films to folk art!

Continuing his paper doll books that define fashion history, decade by decade, famed fashion illustrator Jim Howard highlights Couture of the 1920s. His elegant freestyle artwork captures one of the 20th century’s most turbulent times, fashion-wise. A decade when style was transformed from refined luxury to jazzy modernity.

Another fashion statement comes from David Wolfe who devotes his talent and expertise to one single year in Hollywood, 1939. And what a year it was! Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Women, Ninotchka and more great movies were released. David newest book, 1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year, features costumes from many of those classic films.

Hollywood is a subject popular among paper doll collectors and artists, and in her next book Sandra Vanderpool takes us to Egypt as seen through the lens of movie cameras over the years. Hollywood Goes to Egypt spotlights the visions of extravagant, exotic styles over the years from Theda Bara as a silent Cleopatra and Valentino as The Sheik to films of today.

Little Ladies of Fashion: Paper Dolls of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras is a very special book, lovingly rendered by artist/historian Norma Lu Meehan. This exquisite book illustrates gowns designed by historic costumerier, John Burbidge who brought them to life in miniature for a collection of dolls now on display at the Ventfort Hall Museum in Lenox, MA. Each outfit is shown in exacting detail, meticulously painted and annotated.

Mexico is a country rich in traditional culture, with colorful indigenous fashions specific to individual regions. Mexican Folk Costumes is the subject of Alina Kolluri's first book for Paper Studio Press. This charmingly executed, delightful book honors the diversity of style south of the border with 25 costumes representing different regions of Mexico.

Everybody’s favorite fabric, Denim, gets the spotlight in the latest book by legendary artist, Tom Tierney. This is more than a paper doll book of blue jeans, it traces the surprising history of denim from its inception in the French town of Nimes to the sailors of the 1500s, the first Levis and on through time to denim evening gowns of today.

Shown here are clothing examples from each book, and as we get a little further along in production we'll add the books to the Paperdoll Review and Paper Studio Press websites for pre-orders. The books will also be available from, with an early spring release date.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A bridal party wardrobe by 48 designers!

I'm thrilled to announce the publication of the Dress a Bridal Party paper doll book. The most ambitious project sponsored by the Original Paper Doll Artists Guild, this extraordinary book contains 170 outfits created by 48 artists of today for the bride, groom, maid of honor and flower girl. The 80 pages of paper doll fashions include a multitude of wedding gowns, tuxedos, suits and pretty dresses. From traditional to imaginative, there are clothes representing history, foreign cultures, storybook fantasy, and even futuristic fashions for the wedding, parties and honeymoon.

A big thank you to all of the contributing artists: Anita Barbour, Larry Bassin, Ange Boursiquot, Joanne Braden, Joan Brill, JoAnn Brisko, Pat Capuccini, Victoria Christopherson, Barbara Duranczyk, Beatriz Espinosa, Yvonne Fullingim, Michél-Victor A. Gdanov, Betty Jo Goodson, Lorraine Goulden, Marilyn Henry, Patricia Hicks-Ruiz, Ralph Hodgdon, Margaret Hofknecht, Eileen Hoppe, Jim Howard, Karen Hunter, Judy M Johnson, Darlene Jones, Jayne Keller, Alina Kolluri, Bea Lawhorn, Lorna Logan, Kwei-lin Lum, Lillian Lumachi, Brenda Sneathen Mattox, Norma Lu Meehan, Beverly Micucci, Dorte Meiling Nielsen, Vickie Pair, Rose Mary Palmer, Carol Peters, Drusilla Pratt, Pat Scarbrough, Christine Scarlett, Paula Sink, Norman Snyder, Sunny Steinmetz, Becky Thorstad, Mady Van Criekinge, Mary Wergin, Charlotte Whatley and David Wolfe.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dolly Dingle's Twin Cousins

Inspired by our feature on Twin paper dolls in Paperdoll Review Issue 54, here's a cute paper doll of Dolly Dingle's Twin Cousins by Grace Drayton [1877-1936]. The popular Dolly Dingle paper doll series appeared in the pages of Pictorial Review from 1913 to 1933. Over the years Dolly Dingle had many adventures, traveled the world and celebrated holidays. Along the way, we were introduced to many of Dolly Dingle's friends and relatives including her twin cousins Jock and Joan, which appeared in the February 1930 issue.

While the Dolly Dingle was one of the most popular magazine paper doll series, Grace Drayton might be better known as the creator of the Campbell Kids, those cherubic, rosy cheeked kids who promoted the Campbell Soup Company through ads, books, toys, kitchenware, ornaments and a whole host of other collectible merchandise.

Grace's sister, Margaret Hays, also illustrated paper dolls including Fairy Favorite Cut Out Dolls, Pretty Paper Dolls and Dainty Dollies.