Arlene Dahl Paper Dolls: Glamorous Fashions for Hollywood's Ravishing Redhead by Norma Lu Meehan
In the 1950's, one star was high in the Hollywood firmament and hailed as the most beautiful woman on the screen. That was Arlene Dahl whose flaming tresses, creamy complexion and signature beauty mark were nothing short of breathtaking.
Created in collaboration with Miss Dahl, paper doll artist Norma Lu Meehan has illustrated 2 dolls and a beautiful wardrobe of costumes from My Wild Irish Rose, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Sangaree, Slightly Scarlett, Three Little Words and others. Also included is the Helen Rose designed bridal gown worn by Arlene in her wedding to Lex Barker in 1951, as well as several lovely lingerie items designed by Miss Dahl herself.
After working for decades as a fashion illustrator and art director, Norma Lu focuses her creative efforts on paper dolls.
Trained at Parsons School of Design, her specialty is antique clothing and it shows in her paper doll art. Her Wardrobe series, published by Hobby House Press, includes paper doll sets from the Edwardian, Victorian and Art Deco periods. Her titles for Texas Tech University Press include Collection by Design I and II representing dozens of exquisitely rendered costumes from Kent State Museum collection. Other titles include The Fowler Family Gets Dressed, The Fowler Family Celebrates Statehood and a Wedding, and Heroine of the Limberlost about naturalist and author, Gene Stratton-Porter.
A favorite artist at the annual paper doll conventions, Norma Lu Meehan's souvenir paper dolls are always a hit. These days, Norma Lu is pleased to be working on new projects for Paper Studio Press including paper dolls of Margaret O'Brien, Rhonda Fleming and Greta Garbo. With a big family of children and grandchildren, Norma Lu divides her time between her home in Indiana and her lake house in Michigan.