Sunday, April 24, 2016

Morgantown souvenirs and surprises

All of our souvenir artists gave us their take on the skirt in fashion history. Above: Jayne Keller.

Sandy Vanderpool

Linda Hoerner's centerpieces also depicted different eras of skirt fashions, and were auctioned off at each table.

Martha Raively and Chris Cannon

Margaret Brown and Betty Ehrets

And everyone received a Linda Hoerner souvenir with all the centerpiece outfits. If you signed up for absentee souvenirs, I'll be getting those out this week. If you registered but couldn't attend, you'll also receive the souvenirs.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

More from Morgantown

Some raffle table items:

Hood's Advertising Paper Dolls
One of Patti Fertel's original paper dolls,
which are based on vintage magazine illustrations.

A lovely Merrill book.

Linda Hoerner's whimsical fairies.

Twinnies, a cute paper doll set.

A coaster, pin and key ring with a paper doll theme.

A fashion book with lift-up flaps to show
how fashion evolved.

The Freebie table was overflowing with all kinds of paper dolls. 

Coloring books and comic books could also be found
on the freebie table.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Morgantown Paper Doll Luncheon

It was good to see old friends in Morgantown...

Pat Rooney brought her beautiful artwork -- and won the award for best Dress-A-Doll design.

Patti Fertel brought her lovely original paper doll books. 

You Are A Doll, 1962

Chris Cannon with some of her finds...

Martha Raively with her Rudy Miller and Linda Hoerner purchases. Martha was the lucky winner this year of the Dress-A-Doll book of designs.

Morgantown wouldn't be complete without some Victorian scraps.

Jan Belcher drove down from Canada.

Louise Leek and artist Karen Hunter.

Marge Seltzer had a great assortment of paper dolls for sale.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gene Tierney Paper Dolls by Marilyn Henry

Marilyn Henry does it again: A gorgeous paper doll of one of the great beauties of the golden age of Hollywood.

All of the Paper Studio Press books I've reviewed here over the last two weeks will be raffled off at the Morgantown Paper Doll Luncheon on April 16. Thank you, Jenny!

Gene Tierney.....$12
by Marilyn Henry

One of the most beautiful stars ever in films, Gene Tierney proved also to be a stellar actress and often wore fashion designs that matched her glorious beauty. In this much anticipated paper doll book by Marilyn Henry, we see a wide spectrum of Gene's movie clothes, from exotic to modern, from Sundown to Leave her to Heaven, as well as period costumes from Belle Star, Heaven Can Wait, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Razor's Edge, and of course that very chic wardrobe from Laura. Dress two lovely Gene dolls in smart suits, dresses, coats, casual wear, evening gowns, period costumes, exotic fashions, a wedding gown and accessories, over 50 fashion items in all!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Queen Elizabeth on the Screen Paper Dolls

Hollywood's interpretations of  Queen Elizabeth I over the decades -- David Wolfe's informed commentary, beautiful artwork and love of movie and fashion history all come together in this lovely book.

Queen Elizabeth on the Screen.....$13.95
by David Wolfe

Queen Elizabeth I was one of history’s most fascinating, powerful and brilliant characters. England enjoyed a golden age during her long and turbulent reign. Her life has inspired many screen treatments, movies and television, and this book showcases the queen as portrayed Bette Davis, Cate Blanchett, Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Glenda Jackon. Costumes from many of the successful motion picture and television versions of the life and loves of the Virgin Queen include:

Les Amours de la Reine Elizabeth starring Sarah Bernhardt. Costumes by Paul Poiret.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex starring Bette Davis. Costumes by Orry-Kelly.
The Virgin Queen starring Bette Davis. Costumes by Mary Wills.
Elizabeth starring Cate Blanchett. Costumes by Alexandra Byrne.
Elizabeth, The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett. Costumes by Alexandra Byrne.
Elizabeth R starring Glenda Jackson. Costumes by Elizabeth Walker.
Shakespeare in Love with Judi Dench. Costumes by Sandy Powell.
Anonymous with Vanessa Redgrave. Costumes by Lisy Christi.
Elizabeth I starring Helen Mirren. Costumes by Mike O’Neil.
Plus costumes from The Queen starring Helen Mirren. Costumes by Consolata Boyle.

Part of a new series by artist and Hollywood fashion historian David Wolfe, this is a super-sized book with six star paper dolls on a cardstock centerfold plus ten pages of clothes!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hollywood Goes to New York City Paper Dolls

What a great idea for a book! Another beauty by David Wolfe. So many wonderful movies have been set in NYC, from Ziegfeld Girls to Funny Girl to Working Girl. Stage Door, The Women, and of course the fabulous Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Order your copy at

Hollywood Goes to New York City.....$12
by David Wolfe

Paper Studio Press continues to focus on Hollywood costumes with a new paper doll book by David Wolfe. Four glamorous paper doll models look like the toast of the town when dressed in outfits from movies set in New York City, some on location, others shot on the studio backlot. Eight pages of glamorous clothes to cut-out go from 42nd Street to Sex in the City and also include such fashionable flicks such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Ziegfeld, Auntie Mame, Working Girl and The Women. There are smart suits, gorgeous gowns and show-stopping Follies costumes that capture the cinematic chic of Hollywood’s view of the Big Apple.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fashion Originals by Jim Howard, Vol. 2: Japan and Africa

Jim Howard's books are personal favorites. I love his line and shading, the way he can make a face absolutely luminous...

You can order this book at

Fashion Originals by Jim Howard, Vol 2, Japan and Africa.....$12
by Jim Howard

The fashion world missed out on a great designer when young Jim Howard chose illustration as his career. He became famously successful, but always wanted to design as well as illustrate. Now he gets his chance to create "Jim Howard's Fashion Originals" for paper dolls.

His second book, with 22 original designs, is inspired by two exotic cultures, Japan and Africa, each represented by a glamorous ethnic doll. From Africa come chic high fashions based on native dress, on prints, patterns and materials including animal prints and primitive arts and crafts. From Japan come elegantly refined creations inspired by ancient artifacts, graceful kimonos and delicate paintings.

Jim's talent as an illustrator turns every page of this new book into a work of art from one of the most accomplished fashion artists of our time... and now, also a designer of original fashions for paper dolls. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Paris Fashion Paper Dolls & Designer Styles 1919-1939 by Brenda Sneathen Mattox

A fascinating period of history -- so many cultural and societal changes between the two wars. Brenda does a wonderful job of capturing how fashion evolved with her beautiful artwork and her devotion to historical details. You can order the book at

Paris Fashion Paper Dolls & Designer Styles 1919-1939.....$12
by Brenda Sneathen Mattox

Probably the period of greatest change in 20th century fashion took place between the two world wars. Women finally threw off the tyranny of the corset, heavy skirts and layers of underwear to embrace the freedom of 1920s and 30s styles. And Paris designers enjoyed creating looks inspired by new art movements such as Art Deco and Surrealism.

This wonderful book by Brenda Sneathen Mattox offers two dolls and 16 outfits all based on Paris fashions from 1918 to 1939 including designs by Lelong, Lanvin, Callot Soeurs, Fortuny, Poiret, Chanel, Vionnet, Patou, Delaunay, Salvador Dali and Schiaparelli. A real treat for fans of the Downton Abbey era of fashion.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Classic Drama Queens by David Wolfe

This is a honey of a book by David Wolfe -- you get David's beautiful artwork and his insight into the movie biz at the height of its glamour. You can order the book at

Classic Drama Queens.....$13.95
by David Wolfe

"Classic Drama Queens" pays tribute to stars and costume designs as seen on the screen in the '30s, '40s and '50s...Hollywood's Historic Golden Age.  

The first volume of a super-sized new series, "David Wolfe's History of Hollywood Fashions," provides 6 paper dolls and 10 pages of costumes by famous designers for silver screen star, plus authoritative commentary by David Wolfe, the popular artist and Hollywood fashion historian.

Classic Drama Queens features Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Greer Garson and Loretta Young, famous leading ladies from Hollywood's Golden Age. They starred in many important dramatic films, always dressed in beautiful costumes that added to their star quality. This new book, the first in a projected on-going series, spotlights 33 creative costume designs executed by talented designers including Adrian, Edith Head, Robert Kalloch, Bonnie Cashin and Orry-Kelly, among others from any of Hollywood's greatest hits including:
Now, Voyager, Letty Lynton, Mildred Pierce, Peny Serenade, Wild Orchids, Random Harvest, Mrs. Miniver, The Women, All About Eve, Dark Victory, Inspiration, Love Affair, The Bride Wore Red, The Painted Veil, The White Cliffs of Dover, Little Foxes, I Remember Mama, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Letter, Anna Christie, Queen Christina, Camille, The Farmer's Daughter, Juarez, Anna and the King of Siam, Jezebel, Suez