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!

Mar 9, 2018

#82 - The 12 Dolls of Christmas, Oscar Fashions, Norman Norell Fashion Exhibition, Coloring Doris Day, Ziegfeld Girl Paper Doll Preview

The 12 Dolls of Christmas


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, on my drawing board, anyway. I’m working on a very special book for Paper Studio Press to be ready for the holiday season. “Merry Movie Christmas” will celebrate nine Christmas movies with paper dolls of 12 characters from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Elf,” “White Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Home Alone,” “Holiday Affair,” “A Christmas Story” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Following are the familiar faces of the paper dolls. Can you identify them? 


Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle in “Miracle on 34th Street.” Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Henry Travers as Clarence the angel in “It’s A Wonderful Life!”



Will Ferrell as Buddy in “Elf.” Rosemary Clooney as Betty Haynes in “White Christmas.” Judy Garland as Esther Smith in “Meet Me in St. Louis.” 



Margaret O’Brien as Tootie Smith in “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Natalie Wood as Susan Walker in “Miracle on 34th Street.” Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”



Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story.” Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone.” Gordon Gebert as Timmy Ennis in “Holiday Affair.” 



Oscar Fashion Licks the Envelope


Trendspotting on the Hollywood Red Carpet used to be a fun spectator sport. But that was back in the days before serious social issues turned stars into celebrities with a cause that is more important than mere cinematic creativity. The 90th Academy Awards show was weighed down with good causes and award recipients got their chance to champion their genuinely righteous agenda. Where does that leave fashion? “Phantom Thread” costumes won an Oscar. A movie about a moody mega maniac (suggested by genius Charles James but the clothes in the film were not wonderful, in my opinion.) 

The vast Red Carpet was as crowded as an L.A. freeway jammed with more diverse fashion than there are stars in heaven. It was mostly good with a few clinkers to liven things up a little. Worst of the night was Salma Hayek in a trendy Gucci hot mess of pink pailettes draped with heavy rhinestones. The black dress solidarity of the recent Golden Globes affair was swept away by any color BUT black! Lots of white, although it sometimes looked a bit bridal at times. There was color but no color message. Some vivid color, some pale and a few deep shades. Red, orange, pink, purple, blue, yellow and more. Metallic textile treatments added a bit of the ol’ razzle bedazzlement. Necklines often took the plunge but that’s certainly old news. Trains were less prevalent this time ‘round, and there were a few massive full skirts that demonstrated how today’s women don’t know how to move gracefully rather than lumbering along struggling to control yards and yards of material. My fashion favorites were Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren, not quite as old as Oscar, but authentic golden girls with stellar glamour galore. 


Not-black but positive primary brights on Jennifer Garner, Allison Janney and Greta Gerwig.

Metallic eye-catchers on Gal Gadot, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o.


Fashion clinkers on Whoopi Goldberg, Salma Hayek and Emma Stone.

Age is just a number for Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Helen Mirren.

The height of fashion on Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan and Zendaya.

Always-right white worn by Laura Dern, Margot Robbie and Mira Sorvino.


FIT Museum Honors the Dean of American Fashion 


Norman Norell’s importance in fashion has not been given the recognition that his role warrants. He elevated high-end ready-to-wear to a level of perfection previously limited to Paris Haute Couture. The current exhibition covers the last 12 years of Norell’s career from 1960 to 1972, a tribute to a major talent and history-making designer who set a new standard of elegance and craftsmanship. The most interesting item in the breath-taking exhibition is a garment displayed inside-out, revealing the complex inner couture construction. The trends set by Norell are duly displayed. They include the sequined “mermaid” gowns, the sailor style, menswear fabrics, jersey and the retro-reinterpretation of the 1920s. Norman Norell was never a celebrity persona but he was an influential game-changer, elevating American fashion standards to couture level. The FIT Museum exhibition closes April 14th. 


Norman Norell with his “mermaids” and haute ready-to-wear.

FIT Museum display of Norman Norell’s excellence.

Museum display of Norman Norell’s virtuosity. 


Coloring 1952 Doris Day


This month’s coloring exercise stars one of my lifetime favorites. Doris Day’s super stardom began with a leading role in her very first movie, “Romance on the High Seas.” Without any theatrical training, the wholesome band singer stepped in front of the cameras and when she sang “It’s Magic,” it was magic and remains so to this day. Of all the celebrity paper doll books I’ve created for Paper Studio Press, Doris Day is the most popular. I never met her, but we talked on the phone and she told me that her favorite movie costume was a suede trenchcoat with a matching floppy hat and boots. Doris said it made her feel “like Greta Garbo.”


Doris Day Coloring Book plus a page colored by me.

Celebrity lifestyle as pictured in 1952. Dressed-up with a hat and gloves on a plane! 


Convention Souvenir Preview



Hoping to see you at this year’s Paper Doll Convention, July 4-8, 2018, in Seattle, WA. Here’s a sneak peek of the souvenir book I’ve created, just one of lots of limited edition paper dolls from many talented artists for attendees. Even if you can’t attend, remember to order the Absentee Package and add rare treasures to your collection.


Just one of the many souvenirs planned for the 2018 Seattle Paper Doll Convention!
Order your Absentee Registration soon! 


Join us in Seattle for the 2018 Paper Doll Convention!

Feb 21, 2018

#81 Red Carpet Season Kicks Off, Paper Fashion Books, Ziegfeld Girls Paper Doll Preview, Paris Haute Couture, more!

Black Solidarity Statement


The so-called “Red Carpet Season” kicked off with an unusual fashion statement made by attendees at the Golden Globes Awards. Virtually every woman wore black to demonstrate her support of the revitalized women’s movement ignited by the revelation of sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood. Perhaps a fashion statement could be considered frivolous in expressing such a wave of anger and frustration. A serious protest movement needs serious action, not just wearing a glamorous (and often sexy) black evening gown. Message aside, black proved to be a flattering fashion choice. 


Black Pants and overskirts for Alison Brie, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Christina Hendricks.

Basic Black for Elizabeth Moss in Dior, Gal Gadot in Tom Ford and Viola Davis in Brandon Maxwell.


Romantic Black for Jessica Biel in Dior, Diane Kruger in Prada and Margot Robbie in Gucci.


Dramatic Black for Angelina Jolie in Versace, Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen and Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein.

Sexy Black for Catherina Zeta Jones in Zuhair Murad, Penelope Cruz in Versace and Kate Hudson in Valentino.



Downsizing Fashion's Big Names


For clever arts and crafters who are also fashionistas, a new book provides hours of fun (and a bit of frustration at times). Paper Fashion contains 20 pages of die-cut little figures from the fashion world. The paper figures (designers, mostly) require no glue, tape or scissors, just plenty of patience to punch-out and fold carefully, inserting tiny tabs into even tinier slots and slits. Once assembled, the miniature figures are amusing caricatures of familiar and not-so familiar fashion icons including Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Anna Wintour, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and more. Available from Amazon.com for $11.77. 


Paper Fashion book cover.

Donatella in pieces and assembled.



Advance Peek of Convention Souvenir


The annual Paper Doll Conventions are always delightful and this year’s festivities, July 4th to 8th in Seattle will be a fun fest entitled ”Entertainment Extravaganza!” and hosted by Sharry and Michael O’Hara. Every Convention features an incomparable collection of limited edition souvenir paper dolls. And you don’t have to be attending the Convention to get the souvenirs. You can opt to buy the absentee package of souvenirs. Check out the details at the end of this blog/newsletter. I’m honored to have been invited to create one of the souvenirs and I’ve chosen as my subject the entertaining and glamorous 1941 movie, Ziegfeld Girl. Here’s a sneak peek at the covers, still a work-in progress starring dolls of Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr and Eve Arden. 


Front Cover of “Ziegfeld Girls” Convention Souvenir Book with Eve Arden paper doll.


Back Cover of “Ziegfeld Girls” Convention Souvenir Book with paper dolls of Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Hedy Lamarr. 





Awesome Women Paper Dolls


An unusual paper doll book has been published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Awesome Women Who Changed History proclaims it is “the most empowering collection of paper dolls, ever!” Obviously created to reflect the revitalized women’s movement, featuring 20 die-cut paper dolls depicting strong female role models from Joan of Arc to Oprah Winfrey. It is a very educational book by artist Carol del Angel and would be a wonderful gift for a young girl. The dolls are well-drawn (but not very pretty) and their clothes are simplistic, often with accessories that are a bit unusual (like extra limbs or heads). Available for $12.97 from Amazon.com


Awesome Women book cover and Eleanor Roosevelt doll.

Dolls of awesome Billie Jean King and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.



Springtime in Paris Haute Couture


Why even bother viewing the semi-annual archaic showing of the venerable Paris Haute Couture custom-created collections? Only a handful of companies show clothes for the immediate season, spring 2018 (which is confusing because the fall 2018 shows have already started and soon will be overwhelming with massive social media coverage.) The couture collections give designers a last chance to get it right for the season and most missed by a mile. Only one designer, Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino, made real news. The talking point of the brilliant collection was a hybrid expression that combined dramatic high fashion with casual modernity in extraordinary color combinations. The usual soignee Giorgio Armani challenged his elegant (probably mature clients) with short shorts that should have been pants and micro-mini barely-there evening dresses. John Galliano at Martin Margiela paraded some God-awful creations that made news because the new-tech fabrics changed magically when hit with the flash of cell-phone cameras in the audience. Karl Lagerfeld thankfully eschewed madness and reworked never-fail tweed Chanel suits. 


Valentino’s surprise hits mix casual and drama in glorious colors.

Paris Haute Couture from Chanel, Armani Prive and Giambattista Valli.

Paris Haute Couture from Dior, Iris Van Herpen and John Galliano for Martin Margiela.




Picture Pretty Portrait


My youngest daughter, Amanda, asked me to do a portrait of her. Of course, I was delighted and I think I managed to capture her lively personality and innate glamour. She is getting married this spring and will be relocating from Long Island, New York to London, Ontario. The portrait will hang in her new home and be a sentimental reminder of good ol’ Dad. 


My daughter Amanda, painted by her Dad.




Coloring Augusta Dressed Up


Bruce Patrick Jones is one of the most gifted artists in the paper doll community. He has created many superlative books over the years and his latest is unusual and absolutely beautiful. Augusta Dresses Up features 11 figures and 35 costumes representing 130 years of fashions from the Roddis Family Collection, now housed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Published by Paper Studio Press, the collectible coloring and paper doll book is available from paperdollreview.com


Cover of “Augusta Dresses Up” and Augusta’s great aunt.

Augusta doll and a page of her extensive, elegant wardrobe.



Join us in Seattle for the 2018 Paper Doll Convention!


For paper doll enthusiasts, the pinnacle of each year is the paper doll convention, when we gather together for sales, exhibits, workshops, programs, banquet dinners, souvenirs, and fun time with friends, old and new. I hope you can join us! Download the form below or Click Here for a printable flyer. If you can't attend I urge you to order an absentee registration to get TEN spectacular souvenir paper doll books, created exclusively for the 2018 convention! With a theme like "Entertainment Extravaganza" you can imagine the dazzling array of subjects!