Tom Tierney, illustrator of the long-running and popular series of paper doll books for Dover Publications, died on July 12 at his home in Smithville, TX at age 85. The New York Times says Tierney “almost single-handedly revived the lost art of paper-doll making” in the 1970s as Barbie was killing a once-popular genre.
Born in Beaumont in 1928, Tierney studied art at UT Austin them moved to New York, where he began as a fashion illustrator. He spent most of his career in New York, drawing over 400 books of dolls and costumes ranging from Marilyn Monroe, to Drag Queens, to The Virgin of Guadalupe and the presidents of the United States, many with detailed annotations. He moved to Smithville in 2007.