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 sister, is 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.