I know, I know. I’m too old for dolls. But I am utterly smitten with this sticker book from Usborne from their new series Historical Sticker Dolly Dressing. This one focuses on the 20s, and it a total delight.
The book is filled with illustrations of pretty 1920s girls (each with their own name and hairstyle) within typical jazz age settings such as a night club, having afternoon tea, relaxing on an ocean cruiser, or out golfing. Separate to this are sticker sheets (containing over 200 stickers) with beaded party dresses, sporty twin sets, mary jane shoes, floral day dresses, cocoon coats, and accessories like bags and hats.
Now ostensibly this book is for children, which is great – if you want to
force encourage your child to take an interest in vintage this is loads of fun and, very importantly for us sticklers for detail, historically accurate – no above the knee ‘flapper’ dresses worn with stilettos and mangy feather boas here! If you know any little girls (or, lets not be sexist, fashion-interested boys) then this would make a great Christmas present.
However, children shouldn’t have all the fun. I have two little nieces and frankly, neither of them are getting their mitts on this. It is too much fun and I want to keep it for myself! For those of an artistic bent, there is even a section at the back with plain white stickers that you can paint yourself. I am still trying to work out what I will design, imagining I am one of the sisters from The House of Elliot.
Historical Sticker Dolly Dressing: 1920s Fashion is published by Usborne and retails at £5.99. though right now it is on the Book People website for a stupendously cheap £2.99.