paper doll – Vionnet part 1

paper dolls — Danielle on February 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

As per my resolution, I have been working on a new paper doll project. This one is inspired by 20th century designers, especially ones I feel are under-appreciated. Everyone knows about Chanel and Dior, but there were so many other designers who offered significant contributions to fashion design and for whatever reason, haven’t won the legacy they deserve.

These dolls are very time consuming to make, and are taking longer than I anticipated. They’re very detailed, based on research, and have a greater than usual number of garments per doll.

The first doll, inspired by Madeleine Vionnet, is a departure from paper doll conventions – a back view. Vionnet’s work was created by draping on a small wooden mannequin, and as a designer she very much conceptualized a total look in 360 degrees. Vionnet was a contemporary of Chanel, however she was a modernist not only in attitude but technique. At the beginning of the 20th century, fashion was very much dictated by detail rather than form – Vionnet turned that on its ear by creating designs inspired by geometry and the natural human form. Her work was often shown on models without underwear – something incredibly revolutionary at the beginning of the 20th century.

This paper doll, with her sisteris available as a high-resolution, printable PDF file for $12 USD. Purchase this pair of paper dolls, and you can print them out as many times as you like for personal use – to cut out, play with and display.


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    1. so beautiful danielle!

      i can’t wait to see your other creations.
      (will poiret be one of them? fingers crossed)

      Comment by tricia — February 13 2011 @ 4:19 pm
    2. These are so beautiful Danielle! They remind me of the best paper doll book I ever had with actresses from the 1930s – I loved that book so much, I’m going to buy this one! Really neat to show the backs of the dresses to capture the fulsome thought put into the design.

      Comment by Bronwyn — February 13 2011 @ 4:31 pm
    3. these are so gorgeous. what other designers are you going to be doing dolls for?

      Comment by Danielle McAllister — February 13 2011 @ 4:54 pm
    4. i do quite love these.


      Comment by bare — February 13 2011 @ 9:14 pm
    5. Beautiful!

      Comment by Christy B. N. — February 13 2011 @ 11:02 pm
    6. Wow, I love these. Vionnet is one of my favorite designers, and these dolls reflect her design genius very well!

      Comment by Annching — February 14 2011 @ 12:13 am
    7. wow, the only vionnet piece I was familiar with was that fabulous cape, so these are an education for me. Love them!

      Comment by joi (stereoette) — February 14 2011 @ 1:44 am
    8. Thank you everyone! Yes there are lots more designers, but you’ll have to wait to see which ones =)

      Comment by Danielle — February 14 2011 @ 3:52 pm
    9. Gorgeous! I have never come across Vionnet, thanks for the intro. I love the 1932 dresses!

      Comment by Tiff — February 15 2011 @ 5:00 am
    10. So pretty! I think these are my favourite yet! Espesh the first 1932 dress.

      I haven’t forgotten about dinner, we just haven’t had it yet. Lots of stuff going on….

      Comment by Starry — February 17 2011 @ 4:16 pm
    11. Gorgeous Danielle!

      Comment by Rachel — February 22 2011 @ 2:21 am
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    13. […] the course of creating the Vionnet paper dolls, I did some more reading on the life and career of Madeleine Vionnet. One of the things that […]

    14. I love this back view. I’m going to try to do some illustrations from the back. Keep up the great work!

      Comment by Rosa — March 15 2011 @ 8:52 pm
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