Jul 16, 2018

#86 - 2018 Seattle Paper Doll Convention Memories, London's Royal College of Art, Bjork's Magical Utopia, Runway Rethink

Mem'ries Light the Corners of My Mind


The 2018 National Paper Doll Convention that took place in the gorgeous Northwest will long be remembered as an especially entertaining convention thanks to hosts Sharry O’Hare and Micheal O’Hara and their super support teams, especially the fun-loving members of the local club. I’m sure to think back years from now and say to myself, “Ah yes, I remember”… Eternally lovely Norma Lu Meehan’s heartwarming surprise at receiving the Fanny Gray Award created for her by Jim Howard. I will remember sitting next to delightful Karolyn Grimes at dinner, chatting about her famous line in It’s a Wonderful Life. (In case you can’t recall, as Zuzu Bailey in James Stewart’s arms, she chirped, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” I will remember being dazzled by Jenny’s princess outfit topped with a sparkling tiara. I will also remember the towering table centerpieces, a veritable shower of stars. I will remember sweet Susan Fisher’s fabulous turquoise hair. I will remember actually wearing a Follies feathered headdress, a once in a lifetime feeling that I had “stepped out of a dream.” I will remember how glamorous all the ladies looked for Saturday night’s Oscar dinner, dressed to dazzle… and did they ever! I will remember the theatricality seamlessly organized and presented by Sharry and Micheal… especially being backstage at the historic Pantages theatre. But most of all, when I think back, I will remember the highly emotional pleasure Sharry got by turning a convention into a maaarvellous party! 


Child star Karolyn Grimes with our convention host Sharry O'Hara, and right with "princess" Jenny Taliadoros and myself.


Karolyn Grimes in her infamous role of Zuzu Bailey in the Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life.

We stepped out of a dream! Sharry enlisted the help of her Seattle paper doll club to show off the beautiful headdresses from the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. And I got to wear one, too!


Left: all dressed up for our celebration of the Oscars. Tacoma Musical Playhouse Director Jon Douglas Rake with the O'Haras.


Left: Melissa Smith points out her pretty gown for the Angela Lansbury dress-a-doll. Right Susan Fisher and her fabulous turquoise hair with Fran Myers, showing off ribbons from Competition.



SOUVENIRS OF SEATTLE CONVENTION 

Of course, happy memories abound, but even better reminders of a good time are the souvenir paper doll books and there were more than ever. More than 10, in fact, plus menus, plus plus! Attendees were agog with delight and the absentees are in for a big treat when they receive their souvenirs, created especially for the Entertainment Extravaganza theme. 


Souvenirs and more souvenirs and more souvenirs!



COLORING AND CUTTING 

Conventioneers were given sheets of black-and-white artist-created-and-donated paper dolls in their goody bags. It’s doubtful that any attendees had a spare moment to color and cut, not with all the presentations, workshops and entertainment, not to mention lavish meals and those chocolate dipped strawberries every afternoon. So that means hours and hours of fun back at home, coloring and cutting. Here are some sheets colored by me. Such fun! 


Mary Tyler Moore doll concept by Rudy Miller and Mae Murray by Sandra Vanderpool.

Hidden Figures” by Julie Allen Matthews and Irene Castle by Brenda Sneathen Mattox. 



THINKING ABOUT FASHION 

 London’s Royal College of Art represents the very vanguard of fashion research and the 2018 graduates of the fashion masters courses exemplify out-of-the-box expressions. Zowie Broach, Head of Fashion articulates the college’s mission statement, thus. “A unique position at the junction between the creative arts, design and science, posing answers to questions about fashion identity and our future selves.” The grad show was entitled “A Walk Without a Cat” and offered oblique points of view that reveal how today’s young talents are redefining the traditional role of fashion designers. RCA’s grads worked within three guidelines: 1…Material Development, 2…Fashion Systems, 3…Digital Transformation. Here are the thoughts articulated by some of the cutting edge creators now about to shake away the past. SINEAD O’DWYER molded torsos of silicone and fiberglass then covered them in lovely-colored silk. ALICE POTTS encrusted garments and accessories with beautiful crystals grown of human sweat. ANNA TALVI looked to the future with a collection to wear in space and microgravity environments where bone loss and muscle atrophy are challenges. MARIE LUEDER calls her leather, denim and rubber menswear collection “heteronormative.” RENATA BRENHA RIBEIRO mixed food with textiles and adds chili peppers to her Latin-inspired collection. YUAN-LUNG KAO designed loose knitwear centered around a circle. Will any of these ground-breaking fashion thinkers become household names in the future or will their creativity be thwarted by the formidable commerciality of Rag Trade reality? 


Marie Lueder and Alice Potts 17.18…Yuan-Lung Kao and Renata Brenha Ribeiro.

Anna Talvi and Sinead O’Dwyer.



BJORK’S MAGICAL UTOPIAN VISION 

Sometimes a significant fashion statement comes as a surprise, originating outside the usual stylesphere. I’ve been a fan of Iceland’s eccentric Pop Princess ever since she wore that bizarre swan costume at the Oscars years ago. She’s on tour right now and as always she is like no other. The theme of the presentation is a visualization of a society that balances the natural with man-made. Only Bjork would come up with a giant orchid as a set that recalls paintings of her childhood. Ditto her costume, a romanticized dress that goes perfectly with the mask she commissioned, requesting that it make her face look like “a mutant bird-plant.” She is accompanied by a 12-piece flute ensemble costumed as if wearing flowers and bones. More Bjork news: The Gucci Garden Museum in Florence opened recently with an inaugural exhibition of Bjork’s gowns and masks from her last music video, “The Gate.” The two gowns on display were designed by Gucci Creative Director, Alessandro Michele and the masks were created by James Merry.  


Bjork’s latest vision, a magical Utopia.

Flute ensemble and trend-setting star, Bjork.

Bjork display at the new Gucci Garden Museum.




RUNWAY RETHINK

The runway was more important than the clothes at two of the most important spring ’19 menswear shows. Prada’s show was presented in their own vast double-vaulted space in Milan. It was stripped-back to raw and rugged concrete and then completely covered with translucent sheeting on the walls and floor. The sheeting was printed with a blueprinted grid-guide leading to five runways and seating on inflatable footstools first produced in 1960 by Danish designer Verner Panton. (Coincidentally, Dries Van Noten’s show this season featured Panton’s color palette and one of his undulating stripe prints.) The Prada show is always way, way out there and the avant garde setting needed an explanation. It was said to be “the mathematical approximation of geographic representation.” Pretentious? You betcha. In Paris, the Louis Vuitton show, held in the lovely gardens of the Palais Royale, was easier to comprehend. The 200 meter long runway was gradient painted to resemble a rainbow. Some said it was in support of the LGBT flag, but it was also a nice tie-in to a few prints inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.” The show marked the debut of Virgil Abloh, a very hot name right now, but inexperienced. The clothes were OK. Just OK. 


Prada’s avant garde show installation, a translucent grid-guide.

Louis Vuitton’s rainbow runway in the gardens of the Palais Royale.

Jun 23, 2018

#85 - Mix and Match Paper Dolls, Re-Thinking Pink, So-Called Influencers, Coloring Ziegfeld Girls, Fashion Talent

FRESH OFF THE DRAWING BOARD 


What’s new? What’s next? I enjoy working on creative paper doll projects because I’m always facing a new challenge. From the moment that Jenny Taliadoros and I first start thinking about a new book for me to create, I am a man obsessed. Before I begin the first rough sketches, my head is whirling with possibilities and options. Recently, Jenny and I were discussing how people “play paper dolls.” Kids usually imagine make believe stories, but what about grown-ups? I think that cutting out the dolls and their clothes is easy and rather relaxing. Then comes the fun of dressing the dolls. That’s “playing,” bringing the paper dolls to life. That’s why I like vintage paper dolls better than today’s dressed-figures with a hole for the face to peek through. I like to have an assortment of items that can be mixed and/or matched, creating a fabulous outfit after “trying on” several choices. My next book is dedicated to collectors who enjoy assembling a fashionable total look. POP TRENDS PAPER DOLLS will have three dolls, different types and a book loaded with items…eight pages of trendy visions: Romantic, Exotic, Gypsy, Minimal, Futuristic, Nostalgic, Athletic and Uniform. I’ve already designed the clothes and I’m working on creating three dolls with very different images to inspire an almost endless array of trendy outfits. 


David Wolfe's newest paper doll project
Work in progress, a trio of paper dolls to dress in trendy new fashions. 




RE-THINKING PINK


Choosing a new color is an art and a science. Fashion designers rely on Pantone, a company that bravely announces an annual “color of the year.” Most years, Pantone gets it right. Last year’s color, “Greenery”, was described as being symbolic of new beginnings, fresh and zesty yellow-green that evokes the first days of spring. This year’s choice is “Ultra Violet,” a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple. Thoughtful? The current fashion collections are not yet touting purple. Instead, designers seem to be thinking pink again, not Barbie bright, but soft misty shades that look familiar. They were recently red-hot in 2016 when youthful Millennials dared to decree surprising pinks to be cutting edge. (Pantone called it “Rose Quartz.”) Is fashion going so fast that it’s impossible to make a dictate about color? Or is it just a question of timing, a self-fulfilling prophesy? 


Pantone Colors Rose Quartz, Greenery, Ultra Violet
Pantone’s 2016 Rose Quartz, 2017 Greenery and 2018 Ultra Violet.


Pink fashions from Gucci
Re-thinking pink in the current 2019 Resort collection from Gucci.

Pink styles from Armani, Fendi and Chanel
Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Chanel re-thinking pink for Resort 2019. 



THE SO-CALLED INFLUENCERS


“Influencers” are the new buzzers making news in the fashion world these days. They are not very different than the dynamos who have always encouraged fashion to move, to inspire, to propel change. Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland was a powerhouse influencer. So was the Duchess of Windsor, as were Babe Paley and Jacqueline Kennedy. They were role models, taste-makers, and they were greatly admired and imitated. Today’s influencers have something that Diana, Wallis, Babe and Jackie did not. They have the Internet’s Social Media, that curious platform of (too often) mis-information and entertainment that has spawned the Twittersphere as a means to give Andy Warhol’s prediction of 15 minutes of fame to the new breed of influencers and their iPhones. In order to grab an audience in such a crowded cyber world, sensationalism rules. Pity the poor young fashionista who is influenced by Gucci, by Louis Vuitton, by Balenciaga…by so-called designers who are really nothing more than stylists managing too often to disguise the beauty, innovation and creativity in fashion today. 


Three not-so-tasteful looks from Gucci
Today’s big time fashion influencer is the motley mix that walks the runway at Gucci 

Cutting edge fashion of today.
The cutting edge today. Balenciaga and two by Louis Vuitton.




COLORING MY FAVORITE MOVIE


Regular readers of my monthly blog probably already know my very favorite movie is Ziegfeld Girl, made by MGM in glorious black-and-white. I always thought it was a shame that it had not been filmed in Technicolor. Of course I own the DVD. I also have the 1941 paper doll book, the gem of my collection. For years I pined to own the coloring book, a rare treasure. Eureka! A few years ago at the annual convention, I found the coloring book, UNcolored! The cover art is quite magnificent, but the pages are disintegrating with age (Coincidentally, my own age! 77!) I had copies made of the book, and even though the paper of the original is yellowing and the copies are too gray, I’m coloring some of the copied pages using tender loving care. I’m excited and honored to share my love of the film by creating a souvenir paper doll book to present to all the conventioneers next month. 


David Wolfe colors Ziegfeld color pages
”Ziegfeld Girl” vintage 1941 coloring book cover and page.

Two pages of the 77 year old book colored by 77 year old me!




ANTWERP: EVER AVANT GARDE


Tomorrow’s fashion talent? The Fashion Masters graduates of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts are eight views of envelope-pushing design. The prestigious college has produced several superstar designers in the past, and this year’s group could/should display forward-thinking, avant garde fashion. Even though there was rampant creativity on display, it all seemed somehow vaguely familiar: fashion as an art form, impossible to assimilate into a modern real life. Inspirations were duly discussed and included the Aussie outback and a wardrobe for flamboyant 21st Century criminals. It is noteworthy that current cutting edge fashion has abandoned stark black Minimalism and is now a colorful cacophony of various silhouettes. 


Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts envelope-pushing designs
Predrag Petrovic, Shayli Harrison, Michal Gruca.

Antwerp's Royal Academy of Fine Arts envelope-pushing designs
Gennaro Genni Velotti, Stefan Kartchev, Kjell de Meersman.

May 22, 2018

#84 - Best Royal Wedding Gown Ever, Jim Howard Exhibition Denver Art Museum, Met Gala, Dolly Levi, Judy Garland Coloring Book

Best Royal Wedding Gown, Ever... and More Madcaps! 


As an Anglophile royalist living in Palm Springs, I celebrated the Prince Harry/Meghan Markle wedding by watching the excellent TV coverage starting at 3:00 a.m., my time. It was worth losing sleep. The dress! In my opinion, Meghan wore the best ever royal wedding gown. It was designed by Clare Waight Keller, current designer for Givenchy custom couture. In fact, it could have been created by the late Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn. No ruffles, no pouffs, no lace, nothing to distract from the clean lines of the slim silhouette, the scooped boat neck and three-quarter sleeves. A smallish tiara (something "borrowed" from the Queen) anchored a long, long trailing veil with a touch, only a touch, of embroidery depicting flowers from 53 Commonwealth countries. Madcap millinery, a British wedding tradition, added to the giddy joie de vivre of the balmy English summery day. The throng of privileged guests looked well-dressed and very pretty, wearing a great deal of delightful color. Such occasions as a royal wedding are rare and that’s a shame because it allows us to see fashion that aims to please and to flatter. Will Meghan become a copied style icon? She sure looks promising. 


Meghan Markle Wedding Dress
Meghan wearing the best royal wedding gown, ever! (In my opinion, for what it’s worth.)

Royal Wedding Guests
Amal Clooney, Camilla and Serena Williams.


Oprah, Duchess of Cambridge and Lady Kitty Spencer
Oprah Winfrey, Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Kitty Spencer.


The Unsinkable Jim Howard


It’s only fitting that the exhibition of Jim Howard’s brilliant fashion illustrations should take place in Denver, the home of the unsinkable Molly Brown, heroine of the Titanic. In the spirit of fashionable Molly Brown, 87 year old Jim Howard, the most dapper gent in Denver, is still going strong and enjoying the recognition and worship he inspires. “Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard” is drawing crowds at the Denver Art Museum. More than 100 exquisite, dramatic, artistic, elegant, sophisticated original drawings are displayed. Generous Jim is donating the fashion masterpieces to the spectacular museum. Jim is beloved by the paper doll community and some of his devoted fans journeyed to "the mile high city" to gaze in awe at the illustrations that appeared as advertisements in major metropolitan newspapers, most in the '80s and '90s. Of course I chose my favorite from the wealth of Jim’s impressive career, an unpublished impressionist portrait of famous editor Diana Vreeland. A highpoint of the exhibition that ends August 5, 2018, was the informative and entertaining panel discussion in the Museum’s auditorium one Sunday afternoon. Jenny Taliadoros moderated and the panelists were Jim, Sandra Vanderpool and me, quite an honor. The day after, Jim invited all the visiting paper doll fans to his extraordinary home for brunch and a chance to see where the legendary artist lives and works. What a thrill to see the beautiful work-in-progress on Jim’s drawing board, another book in his "Couture" paper doll series, this one will be about high style in the '70s. 


Fans of Jim Howard
Paper Doll fans at Jim’s home and the famed illustrator with his pet, Walter. Included in the group were Jenny Taliadoros, Kwei-Lin Lum, Valerie Keller, Bev Micucci, Sharry O’Hara, Michael O’Hare, Betty Kappel, Ron Fong and Me. At right is Jim with his "Fashion Originals" paper doll.

Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum exhibition, Jim, Jenny and Me.

Jenny and David love Jim Howard's fashion illustrations
Jenny and I point out our favorites.


Denver Art Museum Panel Discussion
The panel and panelists: Me, Sandra and Jim.

Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard
Jenny and I enjoying the excellent, excellent exhibition.


Met's Sacrilegious Gala


New York’s Metropolitan Museum’s eagerly awaited (well, by fashionistas, anyway) annual Gala presented a questionable theme, this year. It has long been considered wise not to mix Politics and Church. Now we know it is also wise not to mix Fashion and Church, which is precisely what the Met did with an evening dedicated to “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” The usual same over-exposed celebs, desperately seeking media exposure, were decked out in God-awful fancy-schmancy get-ups lavishly embellished. Crosses galore, as expected but occasional surprises like the Sistine Chapel ceiling print. To tell the truth though, most of the Gala attendees just wore nice evening gowns. 


Met Gala
Vintage Thierry Mugler, current Katy Perry, Vintage John Galliano.

Met Gala
Ariana Grande in Sistine Chapel print, Chadwick Boseman and Rhianna.

Met Gala
Kim Kardashian, Madonna and Jean-Paul Gaultier, Sarah Jessica Parker.


Met Gala
Cardi B. and Blake Lively.



Hello, Dress-a-Dolly Levi!


Those who are lucky enough to be attending this year’s Paper Doll Convention hosted by Sharry and Micheal O’HarA are sure to have a great time as well as adding to their own paper doll collections. One workshop gives crafters the opportunity to decorate and trim their own original version of Dolly Levi’s famous red gown when she returns to the Harmonia Gardens, to be greeted by the dancing corps of waiters crooning “Hello, Dolly!” The magical world of Entertainment is this year’s theme and will be a reminder that “there’s no business like show business.” 


Dress-a-Dolly Levi
Dolly Levi layout and semi-finished artwork ready to be decorated and embellished at the Convention Workshop.



Young Judy Garland Coloring Book


The oldest coloring book in my collection is a Judy Garland Paint Book published by Whitman in 1941 (the year I was born!). It is charmingly drawn by Ruth Wood in the typical ‘40s sketchy style. Like so many vintage coloring books, this one was partly crayoned by some little girl with little-or-no talent. And no, she didn’t stay in the lines! The book is so old that the newsprint paper has aged into a mellow yellow and it is so fragile that I had to be extra-gentle when I colored some pages using soft colored pencils. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, like most of the Hollywood studios back then, produced coloring books and paper dolls to build a following for a young starlet. Nineteen year old Judy was on her way to super-stardom, evolving from teen-age to adult roles. Included in the book are pages with Judy in one of her costumes from “Ziegfeld Girl,” the 1941 hit movie that just happens to be one of my very favorite movies (as well as the inspiration for my Convention souvenir this year.) 


Judy Garland Coloring Book
1941 Judy Garland Coloring Book and page colored by Me.


Pages I recently colored with soft pencils. 


Order Your Paper Doll Convention Souvenirs!


Note! There is still time to order one of the few remaining Absentee packets of 2018 Paper Doll Convention souvenirs. This year’s collection of souvenirs is very special and collectors will be especially pleased. Absentee Registration $120 (paper doll souvenir books, menus, color-n-cut set and goody bag, includes Priority shipping) Make check payable to Sharry O'Hara and mail to: 8509 59th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98499. For more information contact Sharry, phone: 253-588-4358 email: pdconvention2018@comcast.net Paypal & credit cards accepted.

Seattle Paper Doll Convention

Apr 9, 2018

#83 - The Fashion Forecasters, Changing Body Beautiful, Coloring Margaret O'Brien, Stylist Shame, Merry Movie Christmas

The Fashion Forecasters 


“A Hidden History of Color and Trend Prediction,” describes a new book by Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Ben Wubs. It is especially interesting to me because I helped to create and develop this clandestine career, forecasting fashion trends…or as it came to be known, “trending.” The book is an extensive investigative expose, authentic and as informative as a comprehensive college textbook. Chapter 4 is my own story, word for word as interviewed by the author. The book is a deep dive into a little known sector of the international fashion industry and I can vouch for its validity…because I was there! Available from Amazon.com for $31.95. 


A new book that explores and explains the inception and development of Fashion Trending.




The Changing Body Beautiful


Until May 5th the FIT Museum in NYC is exhibiting a fascinating history of the role that fashion plays in the ever-changing idealization of the body beautiful. In the museum’s secondary gallery space, the visitor can easily follow the evolution of the fashionable silhouette. Entitled “The Body: Fashion and Physique,” the exhibition begins by displaying the extremely curvaceous ideal that prevailed for several centuries with somewhat subtle shifts. The basis was mature and womanly, an hourglass with natural shoulders, plump breasts, small waist and generously convex hips, stomach and buttocks. 

The exhibition begins at the 18th Century when boned corsets whittled the waistline and were worn daily by women of all ages and social levels. A small waist was the fashion point for decades and to emphasize it, skirts became voluminous, layered with petticoats and bum rolls that evolved into hooped crinolines by the 1850s. Slowly, the exaggerated circular crinoline inched closer and closer to the lower body in the front and the sides. It was as if the fabric of the full skirt was pulled from the front to the rear, creating the bustle that was plumped, gathered, draped, ruffled and swagged as if the posterior was a massive structure. The bustle grew and grew, finally peaking and was replaced by a graceful, flowing skirt that swept the floor. Sleeves then stole the spotlight for a few years with exaggerated fullness in a shape known as a “leg o’mutton.” 

The 20th Century saw more dramatic silhouette changes than ever before, virtually a new ideal body shape for each decade. The “Gibson Girl” hourglass ushered in the century and that voluptuous shape became more relaxed with a slightly raised waist and wand-like silhouette taken to an extreme by the hobble skirt. Post WWI fashion was an extreme declaration of liberation that culminated in the shapeless, dropped waist and the shortest skirts in all fashion history. Soon the skirts lengthened again, grazing the ankle and the naturally delineated waist returned for the streamlined silhouette of the ‘30s that became more stolid and structured as WWII shortages came into effect. 1947 brought “the New Look” and a return to the emphatic femininity of a time passed. The ‘60s was a decade of rebellion as a younger generation led fashion to a little girl look with a boyish body and mini-skirts. Designer brands defined the ‘70s with individual statements of multi-trend expressions. The ‘80s was a decade of excess and extravagance, whereas the ‘90s sank into a depressing downbeat of Minimalism and casualwear. 

The 20th Century ended without a definitive fashion silhouette. Instead, the new Century seems to be desperately seeking newness but is trapped in an endless anti-fashion recycle of the past again and again. What will the ideal body look like as fashion heads towards 2020 visions? 


1800’s high-waisted Empire line followed by balloon shapes and the enormous crinoline.

The bizarre bustle, then the hourglass and the wild liberation of the Roaring Twenties.

The streamlined ‘30s, then WWII shortages and the post-war “New Look.”

The ‘60s “Youthquake”grew up to power dressing and oversize anti-fashion.


Coloring Margaret O'Brien


She was the child star of stars, a gifted little girl who could break your heart…and she often did, in movies like “Journey for Margaret” in 1942 when she was just 5 years old. Her most important role was as Tootie in “Meet Me in St. Louis.” She won a special juvenile Academy Award in 1944. Margaret was a stellar guest at the Los Angeles Paper Doll Convention a few years ago and I was thrilled to be seated at her table for dinner. She was delightful and still looked and sounded like the tearful little star that won movie goers’ hearts nearly 75 years ago. She gifted me with several autographed photos. I recently received a 1947 Margaret O’Brien Coloring Book and this month, while coloring three charming pages I enjoyed recalling my conversation with the delicate little star. 


Margaret O'Brien
1947 Margaret O’Brien coloring book and a pose on the studio set, colored by me.

Margaret O'Brient Coloring Pages
The famous child star of the ‘40s, dressed as little girls did, unlike todays jeans ‘n t-shirt kids.

Margaret O'Brien Paper Doll
Pensive publicity portrait of Margaret and the paper doll I did that she autographed and inscribed to me.




David's Own Op-Ed: Shame on the Stylist!


Fashion has seldom been as chaotic and unflattering as it is now. Who’s to blame? You probably think that the designers are responsible (all are young except 84 year old Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel). Often, the designer has done her/his job well, creating interesting, sometimes lovely items, although always priced sky high. It is the Stylist who usually turns a pretty look into an unfathomable “total look” that makes no sense and is purposely put together to shock and disrupt. Take the current advertising campaign for Louis Vuitton. The model is fresh-faced and younger than spring time. She is wearing a museum-piece (not really) that is a very fancy metallic 18th century gentleman’s coat. Under the coat, the model wears a cheap-looking (but high-priced) striped cotton knit sporty shirtdress. She carries a silly little Louis Vuitton logo bucket bag and on her feet are edgy engineered white trainers that are as big as a hospital ship from outer space. If you think this is fashion madness, you’d be right but it is toned-down for the ad. The same outfit was shown on the catwalk with blue denim short shorts. Whatever happened to beauty, good taste and appropriate apparel presented to offer suggestions on how to look lovely, intelligent and self-aware? 


Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton ad shows how stylists these days seem to be lacking style. 



Christmas Movie Cover Preview


I am continuing to work on my next book, “Merry Movie Christmas” featuring 12 paper doll characters from 9 Holiday-themed vintage movies. The cover is now finished, a wreath with ornaments embellished with little portraits of the dolls. I’m taking a short break while I move from coast to coast… from Long Island in New York to Palm Springs in California. I don’t expect to experience a white Christmas this year! 


Merrie Movie Christmas
Final cover design for “Merry Movie Christmas” paper doll book due to be published in time for the Holiday season fun.

2018 Seattle Paper Doll Convention



Hoping to see you at this year’s Paper Doll Convention, July 4-8, 2018, in Seattle, WA. If you can't make it, you can join in on the fun with an absentee registration that includes a goodie bag, b&w color-n-cut paper dolls and 10 amazing paper doll souvenirs celebrating the convention theme, Entertainment Extravaganza! Click here for more information! 

2018 Paper Doll Convention
Join us in Seattle for the 2018 Paper Doll Convention!