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Not Your Little Girls’ Paper Dolls

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Do you remember playing with paper dolls when you were little? Little figures made of paper or card, with different outfit options, can be as engrossing as Barbie dolls. Luckily, you don’t have to give it up just because you’re not five anymore.

Introducing your favorite fashion designers’ paper dolls, wearing designs by Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Chanel and more (available on Amazon.com and DoverPublications.com). A sneak peak in the McQueen book reveals scarlet-silk-and-gold-embroidery looks from his final Fall Winter 2010 collection. These books also select notable fashion from different time periods – Victorian, 1920s, 1960s, etc.

Dressed-up paper dolls can easily be turned into witty and elegant décor pieces for your living room. Depending on your taste, you can purchase several of these books and mix and match to create your own collection. At the change of a season, you can switch to a fresh new set of looks.

For a modern take on paper dolls, visit Paper Doll Heaven, where you can virtually dress celebrities, from Kate Middleton to Lady Gaga.

Tip from our publisher Suzy: Invite some fashion loving friends over for an adult play date! Paper dolls, champagne with the prerequisite potato chips (sea salted), macarons and, voilà, you have a memorable evening.

This is a terrific opportunity to use your shoeboxes for something other than storing shoes. Create a craft kit for each guest with scissors, glue, etc. and a whole lot of trimmings and sequins. The most chic shoeboxes are Lanvin’s divine blue with a black ribbon or Alaïa’s tough version.


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