|Alexander McQueen Fashions: Re-created in Paper Dolls, $9.99, by Tom Tierney, available on amazon.com.|
I've been on the hunt for vintage toys for my daughter's upcoming birthday (she turns two in March) and I recently stumbled upon some gorgeous vintage paper dolls. It reminded me of my childhood when I carried my paper dolls everywhere I went and loved changing their outfits, giving them names, and making up stories of where they were going. There is something so beautiful in the simplicity of paper dolls - a timeless thread that speaks to little girls whether they were born in the 1850's or 1970's. So whether you have a daughter, a niece or a goddaughter, surprise someone with one of these simple treasures.
|Yves St. Laurent Fashion Review Paper Dolls, $6.95, by Tom Tierney, available on amazon.com.|
Tom Tierney is a master illustrator who has authored hundreds of paper doll books. Just type his name into Amazon and you'll have a selection that ranges from the Obamas to Art Deco Fashions to Ancient Egyptians and French Film Stars. Whatever your favorite decade, presidential family or designer, its likely Tierney has brought it to life through his vivid imagination and gorgeous drawing. I'm especially partial to his many books devoted to haute couture from the houses of Dior, Chanel, YSL and McQueen. They are a perfect way to share my love of fashion with my daughter and I know I'll enjoy them just as much as she will!
|Personalized Paper Dolls by Jordan Grace Owens, starting at $25, etsy.com.|
Give Jordan Grace Owens a photo of yourself, your family or your pet, choose the clothes, and she'll illustrate your likeness using ink and colored pencils. The dolls measure 6 inches and take approximately 4-6 weeks for completion. And these aren't just for the kids - pick up an Ikea Ribba frame and some white matting and you can mount the dolls to make a unique and lovely family portrait.
|Vintage Family Affair Paper Dolls By Whitman, ebay.com.|
|Shirley Temple Paper Doll Set, $37, ebay.com.|
|Framed Paper Doll Collage, $30, etsy.com.|
Here is a framed collage for sale on Etsy. Just looking at this gets my the DIY part of my brain thinking about the endless options to add paper dolls to my home decor and my daughter's room. Did you play with paper dolls as a child?