Faye Visits the 1920s

Thumbnail of the printable paper doll clothes Faye has decided to do a little time traveling and visit the 1920’s. Inspired in part by Anna May Wong (the first Asian-American famous film actress), I knew I wanted to use Faye, my Asian Mini-Maiden in this set.

(I did not give Faye Anna May’s wonderful bangs because every time I tried to draw them they looked… off somehow.)

Faye has shoes, stockings, a girdle, a house dress, two day dresses and then a swimsuit. She should probably also have a swimming cap, but I didn’t really think about that until after I finished the set and then it was too late. ‘

Oh well…

I really had fun with this set since I just bought a few more books of 1920’s fashion and wanted an excuse to play with them.


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I’m trying to give more information on where I do my costume research when I say something is historically accurate, so I’m including a sources list, in case anyone else wants to dabble in the 1920s. It’s not exhaustive. There’s some other great books out there, just what I happened to use for this set and have on my own shelves at home.

A Few Sources for 1920’s Fashion History

1920s Fashions from B. Altman & Company. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1999.
Atelier Bachwitz. Classic French Fashions of the Twenties. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2012.
Blum, Stella. Everyday Fashions of the Twenties as Pictured in Sears and Other Catalogs. New York: Dover Publications, 1981.
Lussier, Suzanne. Art Deco Fashion. Boston: Bulfinch/AOL Time Warner Book Group, 2003.
Peacock, John. 20th-century Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook. London: Thames and Hudson, 1993.

Do people find this idea of sources lists useful? I don’t want to do them all the time, but for my historical stuff I thought it might be helpful for folks. Thoughts from my fabulous readers?

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8 Responses to Faye Visits the 1920s

  1. Heather says:

    Thank you for these prints. My daughters eyes light up when I give her one to color. They are really beautiful creations. :)

  2. RLC says:

    You’re welcome Heather. I’m glad your daughter likes them.

  3. Sherri says:

    Gorgeous! I love your period ones. I have you done one for the 1960s? I would love to see it if you have.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

  4. Ailsa Ek says:

    http://app.sketchclub.com/sketch/10075426

    Done! Although I managed to miss somehow that Faye is meant to be of Chinese descent and Hazel British-Nigerian. Oops. ????

    • RLC says:

      Well, one of the reasons I don’t emphasize “origin stories” for my paper dolls is that I believe people should get to transform them into what they want them to be.

  5. Dave says:

    These are wonderful. I spent a long time looking for just such a thing for my daughter this morning, and after negotiating some fairly disturbing images, I came across this site. Beautifully done. Thank you!

  6. Corissia L says:

    I love when you add reference sources. I’m always looking for good ones and it’s helpful.

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