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.

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