For the legions of Paper Fashions and Paper Fashions Fancy fans who can't wait to make more ready-to-tear apparel, here is your dream come true; Paper Fashions Fantasy. In the Klutz paper fashions tradition, the book comes with everything girls need to design an entire one-of-a-kind wardrobe, including irresistibly tiny hangers to finish the fashions in style.
New for this book, though, are fashions that are the stuff of fantasy; pretty princess dresses, fairy finery, goddess gowns, and more. Specially designed papers and stencils make it simple to create everything from flowing cloaks and twinkling tiaras to mermaid tails and fairy wings.
Inside the book, photos of actual runway fashions show how the world of fantasy inspires real haute couture. And because nothing succeeds like excess, we've even added glitter to the glue & a simple way to sparkle up any fashion. There's always been something special about the way paper fashions enchant young imaginations.
Paper Fashions Fantasy glimmers with that same magic; only now we've addded a pinch of pixie dust. Fantastic!
Klutz was incorporated in 1977 in Palo Alto, California, by three friends from Stanford University. They began by selling sidewalk juggling lessons along with a trio of no-bounce bean bags. A week's effort earned the group $35. ‘It was then we realized the sky was the limit.’
John Cassidy, the English major of the group, put the instructions in book form and titled it Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Darrell Lorentzen, the business major, wrote up the original business plan and the other partner, B.C. Rimbeaux, was assigned the task of getting a bank loan. Mr. Rimbeaux was a psychology major.
The first 3,000 books were distributed via bicycle and backpack, and sales grew from there. ‘It really was a failed scam,’ explains Cassidy, who remains the creative force of the company. ‘Our dream was to do a book on juggling, sell a bazillion in a couple of days, buy an island and retire. It didn't work out. After a year of steady, unspectacular sales, we found ourselves staring down the barrel of a career.’
Today, how-to books from Klutz come packaged with the tools of their trade (from juggling cubes to face paints to yo-yos), and are designed for doing, not just reading. ‘We think people learn best through their hands, nose, feet, mouth and ears. Then their eyes. So we design multi-sensory books,’ Cassidy says. The appeal of this hands-on approach is borne out by sales figures; Klutz is a fixture on U.S. book and toy bestseller lists, and is available in 24 countries around the world.
Having expanded the offerings to include Klutz Toys, Klutz Kits, Klutz Buckets, Klutz Guides and, in 2001, an educational product line, Cassidy seems to have an unlimited supply of ideas. The inspiration? ‘I marinate myself in children,’ he says. ‘Some years ago, I created a few. With the help of my wife’ (Nancy Cassidy, the voice behind the gold-record-winning KidsSongs recordings).
In 2002, Scholastic Inc., the largest children's book publisher and distributor in the world, acquired Klutz. For those of you who collect corporate mission statements, here's the Klutz credo: Create wonderful things, be good, have fun. This title includes everything needed to make fashions that sparkle with imagination, from fantastic fairy outfits to beautiful dresses fit for a princess. It also includes acid-free designer paper, bewitching embellishments, simple-to-use stencils, and coat-hangers to keep creations safe.
For Ages: 8+ years old
For Grades: 3+
Format: Combined Pack with 2 or more items
Number Of Pages: 58
Published: 1st May 2009
Publisher: Scholastic US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 23.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.55