High Fashion Vintage Paper Dolls

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When I was a kid, I loved playing with dolls – Barbie, Cabbage Patch Kids, you name it. One Christmas I received a strange gift – a flat doll made of paper. My eight year old brain thought it was a coloring book until I saw the little tabs on the paper clothing.

vintage Paper dolls by Dover publishing

So when Dover Publications asked me if i would be interested in reviewing their Vintage Fashion paper doll collection, I squealed! Because while the 8 year old in me would have been happy with a Barbie knock off paper doll, the designer crazy grown up in me wants to play with some Chanel and Dior. The level of artistry of these paper dolls and their glamorous flat outfits are truly stunning. They are more like fashion plates than paper dolls.

Chanel Fashion Review Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney, Dover Publishing

vintage Paper dolls by Dover publishing. Greta Garbo, Golden Age of Hollywood

And the details! Greta Garbo’s gown is covered in copper glitter.


I can’t wait to order more paper doll books for my nieces (and by nieces I mean myself). Hopefully I can influence them to love the beauty of classic fashion as an art form. Because these paper dolls are truly works of art!

If you would like to order some collectible fashion paper dolls of your own, you can get an exclusive Debutante Clothing discount of 25% off on your order! This discount is good until August 16, 2014. Or click on the ad in the right hand column.

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1 aileen { 08.01.14 at 9:42 am }

Just missed the paper doll convention! The Original Paper Doll Artists Guild has a pretty cool magazine with original artwork, cool stories and historical trivia: http://opdag.com/

2 Sandra { 08.01.14 at 7:18 pm }

That would have been fun Aileen!

3 Inger Møller { 02.18.15 at 3:21 am }

Hi – I have the paperdoll book by Gregg Nystrom and it is Marlene Dietrich not Greta Garbo
Best, Inger

4 Sandra { 02.18.15 at 10:29 am }


That’s fantastic! I love Marlene Dietrich!!!

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