All Dolled Up: Playing with Identity in 1940s Paper Dolls

Are you ready to get All Dolled Up? Curated by the iSchool’s Planning and Understanding Exhibits class, All Dolled Up: Playing with Identity in 1940s Paper Dolls is an exhibit about celebrity, identity, play, and, yes, paper dolls. Join us November 4-17, learn about how 1940s views of women were reflected in the paper dolls of the era, and play with your own identity, as you make your own paper doll!


This exhibit features eleven paper doll books from a collection donated to the University’s School of Human Ecology. The display brings together a selection of paper dolls that demonstrate the cultural messages conveyed to young girls in the 1940s. From stewardesses to WWII patriots to starlets, the paper dolls depict an idealized feminine appearance that influenced the way young girls constructed their own private and public identities. The exhibit includes paper dolls of classic Hollywood movie stars such as Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, and child actress Jane Withers.

Find us on the first floor of the UTA building, at 1616 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX, outside of classroom 1.506, or check out our website: It’s going to be swell!

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

UTA Building, 1.506 1616 Guadalupe St.

Event Type

Arts & Humanities


School of Information

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, General Public



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