May 2, 2017

#72 - Dateline Paperdollywood - Fashion Inspiration, Liz Taylor, Coloring the Twenties, Silent Stars, Queen Elizabeth II, Paper Doll Videos

What inspires fashion designers today?


Yesterday, there was a method to the madness of fashion. Looking back at the twentieth century system governing fashion creativity, it’s a wonder that newness managed to blossom again and again with such beauty. Each new season was unveiled from the rarified atmosphere of Paris Salons, then nurtured as it rippled out, seeping at last into the rushing waters of the cultural mainstream. That simple system was devised by inspired 19th century designer Charles Frederick Worth. It functioned with ‘nary a glitch for almost a century, from its inception to the hue and cry over heroin chic, grunge and hip-hop. 

Throughout most of the twentieth century, only a handful of extraordinarily talented men and women could truly be considered fashion designers. Inspired designer Paul Poiret set the template that gave rise to the cult of the designer as artist rather than craftsperson, as a marketable personality. Part of the mystique was the supposed transparency of the creative process. The (totally imaginary) image of a fashion designer became that of a flamboyant persona perched on a stool in an ivory tower, awaiting the sudden bolt of inspiration out of the blue. Inspiration was sourced from strictly defined arenas. Fine art, classical music and opera were deigned to put designers in the mood to lower or raise hemlines an inch or two. Travel to exotic climes fulfilled inspired editor Diana Vreeland’s decree that “the eye must travel” and travel it did as the jet age arrived and every inch of the globe became accessible. Natives beware! There goes your sarong, sari, serape and every accessory. 

The thought-to-be-vital role of the inspirational muse was filled by very special women, sometimes great beauties, sometimes not. Royals were understandable muse material as their status and wealth also made them good customers too. When High Society was replaced by Café Society in the 1930s, the scope of the muse increased to include the addition of entrepreneurs and entertainers, poets and painters, authors and athletes and of course, fashion models. The last gasp of fashion dominance by society occurred in the ‘80s financial boom when inspired designer Christian Lacroix’ fevered fantasies inflated bubble skirts that deflated as did the nouveau riche economy. There remain a few vestiges of the bygone system. Raf Simons’ penchant for paintings in the current Calvin Klein ad campaign places him in the hierarchy of designer-as-inspired-artiste. 

If the century-old system of the designer and muse high in the social stratosphere no longer rings true and resonates with a non-aspirational consumer, where is today’s young designer to find inspiration? The answer lies clearly in the age-old adage, “Fashion is a reflection of the society that wears it.” It is a response to the world in which we live. 

So much is happening in the world on any given day, that it may seem impossible to keep up with so much more than the Kardashians. It is necessary today to be informed as well as inspired because we are living in the Selfie Era, a time of interaction and participation. Living large, indeed. A fashion designer today has to be trend sensitive to far more than mere fashion trends. The advent of a major trend with more staying power than a passing fad may very well not pop-up in a designer’s usual sphere which could, for some, be limited to the Twittersphere and SnapChat. That is not to infer that cyber fluff fun isn’t important. It is, but it’s just a part of the humanity mix that demands constant attention. The cool customer today is bombarded with information that can be considered inspiration because every nuance of life is absorbed into the psyche. 

Take a case in point. Gucci. A successful brand when Tom Ford was at the helm, but without his genius, it slipped dangerously. Enter designer Alessandro Michele with a new point of view that is tuned-in and tailor-made to reflect and respond to stimulation overload and stress mismanagement, the human condition these days. The Gucci “look” is indescribable because it is the mix that matters. Individually, each and every item stands alone as a singular thing of beauty executed with Italian excellence. Put the items together in a hodge-podge mix never before seen. Is it new? Yes and no. Is it like most people’s day-to-day lives in the 21st century? Yes. For sure. Is it inspiration or desperation? 

Perhaps innovation is more in tune with our time than inspiration. From where does the inspiration come for a self-drive car or heat tech t-shirts? Is inspiration today a 24/7 google search that feeds data and more data to the fertile mind of a modern designer? The science of technology wed to the artistic imagination produces a new power course for creativity, inspiration appropriate to the 21st century and beyond. 


Inspired designer Charles Frederick Worth and his work.


Inspired designer Paul Poiret and his work.

Inspired designer Christian Lacroix and his work.

Inspired designer Raf Simons and his work.

Inspired editor Diana Vreeland and her work. 



Slip Liz Taylor into Something Stylish 


Jenny asked me to create an Elizabeth Taylor paper doll for the next Dress-a-Doll issue of Paper Doll Studio, the quarterly OPDAG magazine. Of course, it was obvious to dress the doll in a sexy slip since two of Liz Taylor’s biggest movies were publicized by images of the slip-dressed star. I hope all the OPDAG contributing artists are inspired to dress Liz. I’ve already decided the outfit I’m going to do for the issue, a high fashion Paris Haute Couture creation that made news when Liz wore it. Why? You’ll have to wait and see it in the Liz Taylor themed issue. If you don’t already subscribe to Paper Doll Studio, a 4-issue subscription is $28 or a single issue is just $8. Visit paperdollreview.com for more info.


Dress-a-Liz in Paper Doll Studio Magazine.

Slip-dressed star in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Butterfield 8.” 



Sneak a Peek at My Convention Souvenir


The annual Paper Doll Convention means lots of pre-planning and that includes souvenir paper doll book by many artists. I’m honored to be included as a contributor and I was inspired by the “Swinging 60s” theme. I designed a book with seven dolls, three of them previewed below: Petula Clark, Julie Christie and Mary Quant. If you want more information about the convention to be held August 9-13, 2017 in Philadelphia, visit opdag.com


 Previewing a trio of trend-setting ‘60s swingers.




Coloring the Roaring Twenties


In 2013, Dover Books published a coloring book, Fashions of the Roaring Twenties by beloved Tom Tierney. As always, his draftsmanship and fashion knowledge produced a terrific book and I enjoyed coloring several pages to share with you in this month’s blog. Unfortunately, the book was printed on a smooth light coated paper that made it a challenge to color. Wax crayons did not work well and Tom’s fine detail work was a challenge that called for pencils that could be sharpened to a finer point than a crayon. Markers were out of the question as the book pages were printed on both sides and the marker color bleeds through. Carefully coloring the marvelous Tierney artwork reminds one of his supreme skill. Like most artists, Tom had his unique quirks. He didn’t draw fingernails. I don’t know why and never asked him. I wish I had. He is missed. 


Fashions of the Roaring Twenties” by Tom Tierney.

Flapper fashion colored by me. 



Dressing Stars of the Silent Screen


I’ve finished my work on Silent Screen Stars which will be published by Paper Studio Press later in the year. The 6 star paper dolls look glamorous in costumes from their silent films. Here they are, wearing a few outfits from the book. 


Fashions worn by Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson, Hollywood’s great clotheshorse. 


Greta Garbo Movie Clothes
Greta Garbo, before she talked on the screen. 


Film Fashions for Louise Brooks
Louise Brooks, a unique beauty. 

Lillian Gish Silent Film Star
Lillian Gish, a sentimental sweetheart.

Silent Star Clara Bow
Clara Bow, the naughty “It” girl.

Silent Star Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford, the biggest star of her time. 



Four Faces of Queen Elizabeth II


Now it begins. The creative joy of researching, editing and painting a new paper doll book for Jenny Taliadoros’ Paper Studio Press. She and I discussed several ideas and we both agreed that it’s time to honor the long life of the greatly admired monarch of the great British Empire, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. I have always been fascinated by her iconic image and how she understood that she dresses as a symbol, a personage beyond fashion. I decided that four paper dolls would allow me to show how she always had her own style as a little girl, a young Princess bride, a dutiful Monarch and a dignified, mature ruler of the realm. Here are four studies for the paper dolls, the start of my creative process. In researching I often uncover fascinating tidbits about the personalities I’m turning into paper dolls. I already learned that the Queen’s 6.5 shoe size was kept a state secret for most of her life and one of her maids nicknamed “Cinders” has the job of breaking in Her Majesty’s new shoes. God Save the Queen! Here is the first round of rough preliminary studies of the Queen over the years, from little girl princess to beloved long-reigning Monarch.     


Paper Doll Portraits, Young Princess Elizabeth, Royal Princess Bride
Little Princess Elizabeth and the Royal Princess Bride.

Majestic Queen Elizabeth, Long Reigning Monarch
The majestic Queen and the long reigning Monarch



New! Video Preview Guide to Hollywood History Paper Dolls


Jenny Taliadoros, publisher of Paper Studio Press paper dolls, now comes to life via video and gives you a guided look at the latest books of my History of Hollywood series: Elizabeth I On Screen, Classic Drama Queens, Classic Singing Stars and Classic Dancing Stars. To view the videos, visit the Paperdoll Review YouTube Channel


Classic Hollywood, Film Fashions, David Wolfe, Paper Dolls, Paperdoll Review
Visit the Paperdoll Review YouTube Channel!

Apr 20, 2017

#71 - Dateline Paperdollywood - Adrian Fashions, Classic Paris Designers, Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe

Dressing More Stars than in the Heavens 


The FIT Museum (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City recently mounted a small, studious exhibition honoring one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Adrian. Sometimes known as Gilbert Adrian, he was born Adrian Adolph Greenburg in 1903. He created costumes for over 250 films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the Hollywood studio known for extravagant glamour. From the late 1920s to 1941, Adrian dressed Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Greer Garson and more, the stars whose fashion images were envied and copied by women everywhere. The exhibition, though concise, very neatly pinned down what made Adrian great. It was his love of textiles. He, himself, dedicated his final collection in 1952 to “the beauty and integrity of fabric.” Displays in the narrow gallery are devoted to appliqué, draping, inset, mitering, piecing, tailoring and screenprinting. Adrian was a master of them all. The hallway display opens up to a small gallery where a dozen creations are displayed on mannequins which demonstrate Adrian’s innate ability to mix drama with glamour executed with the height of talent, taste and craftsmanship. The exhibition, “Adrian, Hollywood and Beyond” enjoyed an unfortunately short-lived three-week appearance at the FIT Museum, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, NYC. 


Adrian; Draping 1952, Print 1944, Pieced Stripe 1945


Adrian: Tailoring 1950, Mitering 1944, Piecing 1949



Paris Refashioned at FIT Museum


The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City has once again mounted an exhibition that engages the intellect as well as the eye. Educational and entertaining, “Paris Refashioned” has been curated to clearly demonstrate an important turning point in 20th century fashion history. 1957 to 1968 marks a shift in style that changed the look and the attitude of French high fashion dictating decrees blindly obeyed. As always, big fashion changes reflect a big change sociologically. Blame it on the youth and specifically blame it on the rebellious post-war English baby boomers who simply refused to follow in their parents’ footsteps, especially about fashion. Swinging London became fashion’s epi-center and the stuck-up grandeur of Haute Couture was left out in the cold. Some designers, notably Cristobal Balenciaga, just refused to join in the Youthquake-inspired fun. A new, youthful generation of designers (Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Cardin, and especially Courrèges) continued to create Haute Couture, but in a fresh, younger spirit. When YSL opened his Rive Gauche ready-to-wear boutique, the French experienced another revolution, minus the guillotine. The FIT exhibition is divided into two distinctly different galleries. First, a display of the Old Guard attitude, elegant and mature, the last vestiges of the rigid ripple-out system. The second gallery is like a breath of fresh air, displaying designs by “stylistes” like Karl Lagerfeld, Emmanuelle Khanh, Emanuel Ungaro, Sonia Rykiel, Paco Rabanne, and more. “Paris Refashioned” ended April 15 at The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York City. 


The Old Guard: Balmain, Chanel, Nina Ricci



More Old Guard: Cardin/Balenciaga, Dior, Mme. Gres


Refashioned: All, Andre Courreges


Refashioned: Emmanuelle Khanh, YSL Rive Gauche, Ungaro



Liz Taylor Again and Again!


I was thrilled when Jenny asked me to create a Liz Taylor Dress-a-Doll for a future issue of Paper Doll Studio magazine. The issue is planned as a tribute to the truly mythic movie star. Immediately, I thought the Dress-a-Doll Liz should be wearing a lace trimmed slip to recall her iconic lingerie image widely used to promote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Butterfield 8. But Jenny and I had to put our heads together to get the best image…not too young, not too old. And what about her hair-do? A sleek coif would mean artists could devise wigs but wigs are a big challenge so we decided that it would be best to give the doll a fluffy-but-not-extreme head of hair (Liz often went to extremes). It took four attempts for me to get the right likeness, the best hair-do and to capture those oh-so-famous violet eyes. Luscious Liz is sure to inspire OPDAG artists to provide the most glamorous wardrobe ever! 


Liz, too mature and Liz with wig-possible sleek hair, both rejected.

Liz with the right hair but not a good likeness and the final approved dress-a-doll head. 




Coloring Marilyn Monroe


This month’s coloring book fun gave me a chance to color in a splendid 64 page book I bought when it was published in 2010 (before the adult coloring book craze kicked-in) and it’s been on a shelf at home, waiting to be colored since then. Color Me Marilyn: Classic Hollywood Moments is beautifully drawn by Emanuel Emanuele depicting Marilyn moments as originally captured in many photos that recorded her legendary life and career. The coloring book is still available for $25.00-$90.00 at Amazon.com. One slight disadvantage is that this quite marvelous coloring book has been printed on smooth, coated paper that doesn’t take well to crayon or colored pencil. Still, I’m pleased with my efforts…see below. 


"Color Me Marilyn" cover and pin-up girl pose.


Marilyn in glam gown and making the most of a wardrobe malfunction.

Mar 21, 2017

#70 - Dateline Hollywood - FIDM Movie Costumes, The Oscars Red Carpet, Exotic 1920s Fashions, Silent Star Wardrobes

Lights! Action! Costumes!


Every year for the past twenty-five, the museum at FIDM college in Los Angeles stages an exhibition of the previous year’s best movie costumes. This year’s Oscar winner, Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them, designed by Colleen Atwood is a perfect example of how costumes contribute to a film’s success. The exhibit, features many, many costumes that demonstrate the scope of motion pictures today; contemporary dramas like Fences, fantastic fantasies including new Star Trek and Star Wars epics as well as historical recreations. Musicals, rare these days, are represented by La La Land, costumes by Mary Zophres and Florence Foster Jenkins, costumes by Consolata Boyle. As always, period costumes deserve attention and designers channeled centuries of remembrance. Romantic 18th Century antique looks for Love and Friendship were designed by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh. The Jazz Age inspired Live by Night costumes by Jacqueline West and ‘40s wartime fashion was recreated by Joanna Johnston in Allied. Fantastic fantasy expressions included Alice Through the Looking Glass with creative costumes by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood. Hail Caesar’s costumes by Mary Zophres captured vintage Hollywood while Michael Wilkinson opted to darken the heroic images of comic book characters, Batman v Superman. As expected, costumes from the dark side of several action/fantasy/sci-fi blockbusters were displayed, but the costumes for such now-monotonous fare are no longer as exciting as once they were. The exhibit at FIDM, 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015, ends April 22. 


Florence Foster Jenkins and La La Land


Love and Friendship, Live by Night and Allied

Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Hail, Caesar and Batman v Superman





1920s Exotica


Exhibit The Twenties wasn’t always roaring, it was also a time of fascination with exotic locations and decorations, especially China and Egypt. The FIDM Museum in Los Angeles currently has a small exhibit of some prime examples of exotic fashions from the Twenties, lavishly embroidered and decorated. Also on view is the cover of a 1927 Harper’s Bazaar magazine heralding a fashion season inspired by Egypt, obviously exploiting Howard Carter’s sensational discovery of King Tut’s tomb. The exhibit at FIDM, 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015, ends April 22. 


Exotica decorated coats and 1927 magazine cover


Printed pajamas, embroidered garments and velvet gown




The RIGHT envelope, please!


The best-dressed star at the recent 89th Academy Awards was Janelle Monae in an over-done decorative mess of a mad Marie Antoinette gown by Elie Saab. No, wait! That’s wrong. I meant to say that the best dressed star was Isabelle Huppert, sublime in a simple, long-sleeved, high neck, absolutely elegant silvery beaded Armani Prive gown. Whew. I’m glad I caught that. Fashion news was made by several stars who favored long sleeves rather than the usual bare cleavage. They included not only Mlle. Huppert, but also Ruth Negga, Dakota Johnson (in Gucci) and Chrissy Teigen. 

The Oscar show is the fashion grand finale of the awards season and the gowns reached a crescendo of glamour. Metallics referenced the coveted statuettes with golden gowns worn by Jessica Biel and Robin Roberts while Teresa Palmer, among others, shimmered in silvery Prada. Charlize Theron opted for dark pewter. Fantastic feathers floated around Octavia Spencer’s Marchesa creation and Sofia Boutella’s Chanel sparkler. The drama of black (or near-black) emphasized the couture creativity of strongly stated silhouettes for Taraji P. Henson, Kirsten Dunst and Brie Larson. Half-black, a plunging bodice atop a cream skirt by Louis Vuitton, suited Michelle Williams’ and Emma Roberts’ gowns. Color was almost non-existent, excepting Scarlett Johansson’s sheer pink print, Leslie Mann’s yellow Zac Posen ball gown, Meryl Streep’s inky blue and Viola Davis’ stunning red Armani Prive gown. 

Stylists to the stars honored the diversity driving the movie industry these days and selected highly individualized looks, some Oscar-worthy, some not. Halle Berry’s explosive hair-do got more attention than her nearly nude sheer sheath by Versace Couture. Also making an overtly sexy statement was Amy Adams in a silvery foil va-va-voom gown and hair-do that suggested Jessica Rabbit. Both Best Actress Emma Stone in fringed Givenchy and nominee Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive wore similar columnar gowns encrusted with fancy embellishment. For fashionista red carpet viewers, the most interesting gown had to be Naomie Harris’ ultra-modern, minimal white sequined strapless number with a panel train from Calvin Klein, now under the creative guidance of Raf Simons, ex-Dior designer. 


The Best: Isabelle Huppert…The Worst: Janelle Monae…The Next: Naomie Harris


Golden Girls…Jessica Biel, Robin Roberts, Dakota Johnson


Long Sleeves…Chrissy Teigen, Amy Adams, Ruth Negga

Dark Shadows…Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, Taraji P. Henson

Fancy Glamour…Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Chopra

Rare Spots of Color….Leslie Mann, Scarlett Johansson, Viola Davis
Feathers and Flyaway Hair…Octavia Spencer, Sofia Boutella, Halle Berry


Silent Star Wardrobes


For my forthcoming book, Silent Screen Stars, researching the wardrobes of the six paper dolls subjects was fascinating. I must admit, I’ve never been a big fan of non-talking pictures but I watched several. I really grew to appreciate the skill involved in expressing emotions without saying a word. And I now know why Garbo was so revered. Her acting style was so natural yet deeply expressive and oh, how she could suffer! I now understand what subtle skill she displayed when she finally spoke on the screen in Anna Christie. Her silent movie wardrobe was often exotic, nothing like Lillian Gish’s romantic frocks. Each star paper doll has a very distinctive wardrobe. Here’s a peek …. 

Wardrobes for Greta Garbo and Lillian Gish




Coloring Lovely Young Elizabeth Taylor


This month’s coloring book pages are from a very well drawn Whitman book published in 1954 when Elizabeth Taylor was moving from being cast as a pretty ingénue to a sultry siren starring in Elephant Walk and The Last Time I Saw Paris


David Wolfe, Classic Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor 1954 coloring book. 


Liz Taylor, David Wolfe, Classic Coloring BOok
Wearing colors chosen to complement those famous lavender eyes.





Art for a Special Coloring Book 


I was asked to contribute two pages for a special coloring book, ‘Fashions of the 1930s.” A compilation of artwork by many artists, it will be given as a souvenir at two events celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the United Federation of Doll Clubs in Orlando, Florida and Kingston, New York. I chose to draw a little homage to my favorite ‘30s designer, Adrian. His artistic genius transformed pretty women into goddesses of the silver screen. I also depicted several of those fabulous fashions in Adrian, Hollywood Designer Paper Dolls, currently available from Paperdoll Review

MGM Movie Costumes, David Wolfe
For a souvenir coloring book celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.


Feb 26, 2017

#69 Dateline Paperdollwood - Paris Couture, Silent Stars, Queen Elizabeth II, Singing and Dancing Stars, Red Carpet

Smorgasbord of Styles in Paris Couture Shows


The Haute Couture collections for spring 2017 whipped up a fashion feast to satisfy a variety of tastes, and sometimes absolutely no taste. No definitive new look debuted. In fact the multiplicity of looks underscored the lack of fashion direction from the hallowed salons that once housed talented dictators of style like Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga. Options aplenty prevail. Hemlines, once a seasonal issue, no longer matter as they go from thigh high to floor length. Clouds of sheer fabrics, often glittered or flowered, did not even try to modestly veil panties and bodysuits. Feathers flew, sequins sparkled and jewels glittered on evening gowns galore, some sweet and others sexy. Only the venerable House of Chanel recognized reality and showed a few new versions of the famed tailored suit. A few designers dared to ape the intentionally crazed cutting edge of style that mixes, mismatches and misfits, defying the artistry and elegance that once defined the Paris Haute Couture. 

Armani Prive, Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Valentino, Giambattista Valli and Ralph Russo.

Givenchy, John Galliano for Martin Margiela and Elie Saab.

Schiaparelli, Versace Atelier and Viktor & Rolf 



Silent Screen Stars - color comes in first!


In the December issue, #67, I asked for your help in deciding whether the cover of my forthcoming Silent Screen Stars paper doll book should be in full color or in black-and-white. Since the subject is silent movie stars and most silent movies were filmed in black-and-white, I thought perhaps a monochromatic cover might be interesting, black, white and shades of gray. I was wrong! Not a single person responded with no-color as the preference. Every vote was a vote for color. So here’s what the cover will look like when the book is published by Paper Studio Press later this year. 

Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Mary Pickford, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Lillian Gish
Colorful cover for “Silent Screen Stars” paper doll book. 


Costumes speak louder than words


Researching costumes from the silent movie era is not easy. Those early cinematic efforts were not as well documented as they are today. Vintage photos, many a century old, are seldom accurately credited as to the film’s title or giving credit to the costume designer. That’s a shame because so much talent and craftsmanship were devoted to the splendiferous wardrobes that contributed so much to a silent star’s image. My Silent Screen Stars book will contain ten pages of costumes worn by the six star dolls; Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Mary Pickford, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks and Lillian Gish. Shown are two pages of pencil roughs, costumes of extreme glamour and fabulous fantasies. 

Lavish costumes worn by stars of the silent screen. 



Coloring Jeanette MacDonald


This month, my coloring book is the beautiful 1941 treasure that depicts many of the gorgeous costumes that Adrian designed for Jeanette MacDonald. The lovely soprano with fiery hair was born for Technicolor, but sadly, most of her fairy tale operettas were filmed in black-and-white. I think this book was meant for me as it was published the year I was born! You can imagine how thrilled I was to find it on a dealer’s table at a recent convention…and best of all, not a single page had been colored. 

Classic Hollywood Coloring Book
Coloring book cover and costume. 

Coloring Book, Vintage Coloring, Classic Hollywood
Adrian costumes worn by Jeanette MacDonald.



Future Paper Doll of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II


The next project I shall be creating for Jenny Taliadoros’ Paper Studio Press will be a paper doll commemorating the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Four dolls will depict the monarch’s life, starting with Princess Elizabeth as a child, then a royal bride, a lovely young monarch and finally, the enduring and admired, dutiful Queen. The royal wardrobe will include outfits for a truly iconic (a word misused these days) woman greatly admired the world over. 

Researching Her Majesty’s regal style. 


Singing and Dancing Stars All Dressed Up and Ready to Go


My two new books in the “History of Hollywood Fashions” series are available to purchase at paperdollreview.com. Six “Singing Stars” in Volume 3 and six “Dancing Stars” in Volume 4 with dozens of costumes from many of the greatest musical movies made during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Here they are, all dressed up and posed as groups as they appear on the back covers of the new collectible books. 

Left-to-Right: Doris Day, Lena Horne, Alice Faye, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Jones, Judy Garland.



Left-to-Right: Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse, Betty Grable, Eleanor Powell, Leslie Caron, Rita Hayworth.



The Red Carpet rolls on and on!


Wake me when it’s over. The so-called “Awards Season” continued with the Screen Actors Guild presentation (most of the winning talents already have won a Golden Globe and are going to win an Oscar, too.) Fashion-wise, the SAG show used to be less fabulous than the Oscars, but now all the awards gowns are on a pretty level playing field of good, bad and in-between looks. The SAG story is easy to understand: lots of yawn-inducing black, noteworthy number of white gowns, a couple of noticeable stripes and a few fun clinkers like Nicole Kidman’s twin parrot shoulders. Stay tuned for the Oscar fashion free-for-all in next month’s Dateline: Paperdollywood. 

White of Way! Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep.

Yipes! Stripes: Michelle Williams, Yara Shahidi, Michelle Dockery.

Too Much! Taraji P. Henson, Nicole Kidman, Janelle Monae.

Tune in next month for Oscar fashions!