As a kid, my favorite paper dolls were historical paper dolls. I had everything from paper doll flappers to knights. I still tend towards historical paper dolls in my own collecting, especially those depicting an era that I don’t see very often.
So, for last post of 2015, I thought it would be fun to post a round-up of all the historical paper dolls on Paper Thin Personas from 2010 when I did my first historical paper doll (a teddy bear with regency fashions) until 2015.
As some of you may recall, one of my goals in 2015 was to create at least ten historical paper doll posts in 2015. I surpassed my goal.
I wanted to make paper doll sets representing periods of fashion history that I either didn’t know much about or that challenged me to draw things that I would normally shy away from, because they were intimidating- like the patterns of the Tudor era or the ruffles and pleats of the 18th century.
Mostly though, I wanted to a chance to dig back into my passion for historical dress research which I had let slip a little as I went through grad school. So, today I am going to share every historical paper doll on the blog organized by era of history.
Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions Before 1700
Anglo-Saxon Dress of the 900s
Brooches & Smokkrs: Viking Dress 10th Century
Tibbets and Kirtles: Dress of the Mid-1300s
A Lady at Court: Dress of the Mid-1500s (in England)
Cranach Gowns: 1500s Saxon Dress
Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from the 18th Century
Children’s Dress of the 1700s
Fashions of the 1770s Created to Celebrate the 4th of July
18th Century Pixie Series: Three Dolls & Over 50 Clothing Pieces
Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1800 until 1850
Empire Elegance & Regency Romance: Early 1800s
Flora, A Fashion Doll of the Regency
Flora has 17 pages of costumes. I have only featured her first set and last set here.
Emma & Lydia: Dress from 1800-1815
A Regency Teddy Bear
Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1850 until 1900
In the Mid-1860s: Civil War Era Paper Dolls
Curves in the 1860s
Peach in the Park: Children’s Dress in the Late 1860s
Peach in the Park: Children’s Dress in the Early 1870s
Florence, A Fashion Doll of the 1870s
Florence has 23 pages of costumes. I’ve featured just her first and last set here.
Victorian Ballerina: Dress of the 1880s
Victorian Fashion Doll From 1886
Viola: Debutante of the 1890s
At the Seaside: Children’s Dress from the 1890s
Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1900 until 1920
In the 1910s: A Lady of 1910
Art Deco Goddess & Jazz Age Baby: 1920s Paper Dolls
Faye Visits the 1920s
Lynn: 1920s Fashions
Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1930 until 1950
Lois: 1930s Fashions
Curves: 1930s Fashions
1940’s Vixen: Dress of World War 2
Curves: 1940s Fashion
In the 1940’s
Smart Winter Clothes: 1940s Children’s Clothing
Historical Paper Dolls with Fashions from 1950 until 1970
Vintage Evening Gowns of the 1950s
Fablous Fifties Suits
Sewing the Seventies: Dress of the 1970s
Time Traveling Paper Dolls
St. Patrick’s Day Since 1737
So, that’s it. Every historical paper doll set on the blog from it’s earliest days until December of 2015.
So, this there a historical era I haven’t done that I should? (I’m still working on Ancient Greece, but it has been slow going on the research front.) Let me know in a comment. 🙂