There's something so charming about these simple black-and-white paper-cut profiles, which originated in the 1600s as an alternative to pricey oil portraits. Depending on the age and condition, antique silhouettes cost between $50 and $1,000. I've seen several designers collect originals and display them together like this:
In the past, silhouettes were cut at social gatherings for guests to take home as souvenirs. Today, artists are printing profiles on everything from wallpaper to jewelry. Here are a few of my favs:
Perfect in a tiny powder bath - Osborne & Little "Clarendon" wallpaper
Wouldn't this be the sweetest Valentine's Day present? From lepapierstudio on Etsy
Cute notecards from Little Cupcakes Company
I love jewelry designer Barry Kronen. He etches profile charms using photos of your little one, and then puts them on this fabulous toggle necklace.
Dallas silhouette artist Virginia Rose cut these profiles of Leighton and Benton. I even had one made of our dog, Trooper!