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Dallas Shaw is an illustrator and designer who works in the fashion and interior design industry. I’ve been following her on her blog and I adore her illustration style. She created this paper doll fashion set for the Canadian shop Dace. The doll and outfits were hand drawn and painted with water color. Aren’t they cute? I predict the return of the paper doll!


  • njgill

    Natalie Zee Drieu said: “I predict the return of the paper doll!”
    it never went away – some people just forgot it

  • jennie

    Whilst I appreciate that this paper doll is stylish, I must admit I’m a little shocked. Is nobody else concerned by the overtly anorexic look of this doll?
    It’s not that she is too thin, she is *skeletal* and has all the hallmarks of the pictures of anorexics designed to shock in real-life stories about eating disorders in women’s magazines. She has long ‘goalpost’ legs, over-sized hips and no breasts, not even the suggestion of them. Furthermore, the painful looking shoulders and the deep, dark eyes that make her look like nothing more that a bunch of bones with skin stretched over it.
    This is not representative of the female figure, not a healthy one anyway.

  • turnip

    Thank you jennie, for posting exactly what I was going to say. “Aren’t they cute?” asks Natalie Zee Drieu, but you’d have to be pretty demented to call that elongated stick figure “cute”.
    This emaciated Dace paper doll makes even Barbie look short and overweight.

  • Becky Stern

    This doll is a cartoon, as most paper dolls are. We have linked to many over the years here on CRAFT, if you don’t like this one, pick another! =]

  • Judy

    These figures are way cute. They are fashion croquis figures(http://dictionary.sensagent.com/croquis/en-en/). They are used in fashion illustrations. If you look up Dallas Shaw (www.dallasshaw.com) – she’s a fashion illustrator.
    Sheesh!

  • turnip

    According to the definition in your link, a croquis is simply a “quick and sketchy drawing of a live model.” I’ve done croquis drawings myself in a studio setting. They don’t have to have the alien proportions to which anorexic fashion models aspire. For example: http://www.halfeld.dk/images/ske-croquis1.jpg or http://ebbaberggren.se/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/croquis21.jpg
    Certainly, the dolls are fashionable, in that they adhere to the inexplicable aesthetics of the fashion industry, but that’s a far cry from “cute”.
    And why the “sheesh”, Judy?

  • turnip

    I just had a look through Craft’s archives and yes, there are some neat paper dolls in there (like this skeleton one from 2007: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2007/10/skeleton_paper_doll.html). My comment was directed at this post specifically, not at papercraft figurines or at Craft as a whole.

  • Judy

    I too have taken illustration classes – and the classes that I have taken were specifically for fashion illustration. If you read the definition closely, it says, that the illustrations should be “typically 10 heads tall as this is the accepted proportions for fashion illustration”. This is opposed to the average adult human figure which is about 7 to 7.5 heads tall.
    This is why the figure looks “anorexic” to you. My fashion illustration classes consisted of drawing 10 headed croquis figures for the whole semester. These drawings are not uncommon.
    The “sheesh” was because it was a little annoying to read your comment, when I know that these illustrations are fashion croquis figures, and this how they shoudl look like.

  • Becky Stern

    Thanks, Judy for the background. Fashion illustration is quite “old school” and stuck in its ways. Not to comment on the fashion industry’s impact on society or talk about what things “should” look like, but to bring it back to the topic (crafts): these paper doll illustrations are just that: drawings, cartoons, toys like many others we’ve posted on the site.

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