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    Come Away and Explore a Faraway Forest

    An island made up of many lands—some beautiful, others disquieting, Faraway Forest™ is home to elves, fairies, and water nymphs. Mortal royalty live here, too, as well as unknown creatures who dwell in deep, blue Crystal Caves™. If you are lucky, you will meet them all while you journey with us. Here are the remarkable denizens of the Faraway Forest we've met so far: 2016: Water Sprite Barbie® Doll (order now!) 2015: Queen of the Dark Forest™ Barbie® Doll (order now!) 2015: Lady of the White Woods™ Barbie® Doll (order now!) 2014: Faraway Forest™ Elf Barbie® Doll (no longer available) And there are more protectors of their realms waiting to be discovered in 2016 and beyond! From the Magical Lagoon™ to the Mystical Meadows™ and far beyond to the White Woods™, Faraway Forest is a mythical, marvelous place. Some distant corners can be dark and treacherous; other spots are beautiful beyond imagination and hold glorious treasures. But little here is as it seems. Not even the winds or the trees or the fragrant flowers are really only what they appear. If you look very deeply, you will be enchanted by the incredible detail and resplendence here. And beneath appearances, there are wishes and secrets and complex alliances. These tales of this Faraway Forest have long been told by a beguiling elf princess. She has traveled throughout the forests and across the high mountain ranges. She knows the whimsical creatures of the Mystical Meadows™ and she has enjoyed tea with the Queen of the Dark Forest™. The elven princess will share her stories and adventures, introduce you to her most interesting friends, and she may even tell you of the many intrigues of the Faraway Forest.
  2. We asked the Barbie team to share their thoughts on the latest evolution of Barbie. QUESTION: Could you describe how the idea for the dolls started? EVELYN: It really all started with a vision. We wanted to evolve the brand and be a more authentic reflection of the world girls live in today. So we looked out at the world, looked at what was happening in culture, and decided to infuse the brand with more diversity and variety. QUESTION: So, how does this influence the design of the dolls? EVELYN: The designers went on this exploratory and experimental phase of just looking out there and creating all these different prototypes. We looked at all different shapes, and it was really an incredible creative journey. That is where the journey started. QUESTION: What drove you to make these changes from a design standpoint? KIM: There is an emotional connection to the work that we do that runs really deep. We have a new leadership team that encourages us to take risks and do things that we never had the opportunity to do before. And now, when I look at the new dolls...one is more petite, one is taller, and one is curvier. QUESTION: How would you describe the designers that worked on the latest line? ROBERT: Every person who touches the toy brings a level of passion, commitment, enthusiasm, and joy to what they’re doing. Mattel’s a place where everybody can share and bring ideas to the table. It absolutely is a creative process. QUESTION: What inspired you and the team as you designed the new dolls? SHIRLEY: I think Barbie’s a part of all our lives. We try to do everything the best we can every day. I get emotional because this is from our heart and we love our job so much and we care so much. We design from our heart. LEARN MORE AT BARBIE.COM PRE-ORDER NOW, EXCLUSIVELY AT MATTEL SHOP #TheDollEvolves
  3. In collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Barbie® Signature is honored to present three Platinum Label® Yves Saint Laurent Barbie® Dolls! Wearing iconic looks from the visionary designer, these Barbie.com exclusives honor his vast impact on women's 20th century fashion. For this perpetually stylish collaboration, Barbie® models Yves Saint Laurent’s 1965 Mondrian dress, 1968 Safari Jacket, and 1983 “Paris” evening gown. Barbie® Product Design Manager Linda Kyaw helped bring these remarkable designs to doll-sized life. “I was over the moon when this opportunity came up,” Kyaw says. “To be able to work on this on behalf of Barbie with a legendary fashion house like Yves Saint Laurent is what dreams are made of!” It’s impossible for Kyaw to choose a favorite among the dolls in the collection. “I love all three equally,” she says with a smile. As you might imagine, then, her focus and desire were on creating a cohesive collection that impeccably represents the French designer and his notable contributions to the world of fashion. “Like anyone else would in my position, I feel honored, humbled, and a deep sense of responsibility to both Barbie and Yves Saint Laurent,” Linda says about this dream project. Working on this project with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris also had some unexpected and special fringe benefits for Kyaw. “One of the most inspiring things from this collaboration was the ability to research and see the extensive breadth of Yves Saint Laurent’s heritage,” she says. “Revisiting some of his most beloved pieces through the decades is really a fashion history lesson. The impact that Yves Saint Laurent has had in fashion, culture, and the world as we know it today is astonishing.” As Platinum Label® Dolls, no more than 1,000 of each of the three Yves Saint Laurent Barbie® Dolls will be available for sale. That means you’ll have to act fast to get them in the Barbie® Signature online shop, because they’re going to be as popular and in-demand as the original looks were. As Kyaw notes, “We truly have a piece of history carved in Barbie’s timeline with these three dolls, that will leave a lasting impression for years to come!” ©Yves Saint Laurent
  4. Autumn. Lush in its colors, deep in its experience, opulent in its elegance. In this new issue, discover dolls that reveal the richness of the Barbie® story, rekindle a striking past partnership, and carry on beloved collections. Savor the season, and register online to be in-the-know as we reveal new developments that will expand your ideas of what Barbie can be! Click here to see The Barbie Collection Fall Catalog.
  5. Autumn. Lush in its colors, deep in its experience, opulent in its elegance. In this new issue, discover dolls that reveal the richness of the Barbie® story, rekindle a striking past partnership, and carry on beloved collections. Savor the season, and register online to be in-the-know as we reveal new developments that will expand your ideas of what Barbie can be! Click here to see The Barbie Collection Fall Catalog.
  6. Barbie® recognizes all female role models! Having worked in more than 150 careers herself – including as a scientist, pilot, and artist – Barbie® knows what it takes to inspire girls to be anything they dream of becoming. In honor of the real-life women who have been incredible heroines of their times, we’re humbled and honored to introduce the new Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Series. These courageous women took risks, changed rules, and left behind a legacy of hope and motivation for generations of girls who would follow in their fields of endeavor. The first three dolls in the series are the Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Katherine Johnson Doll, the Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Amelia Earhart Doll, and the Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Frida Kahlo Doll. What did these three remarkable women contribute to our world? Katherine Johnson calculated the trajectory of NASA’s first American-manned flight into space. Her calculations also helped ensure the Apollo astronauts returned safely from the moon. Amelia Earhart became the first female aviator ever to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She broke and set new aviation records for women, proving men and women could be equals in jobs. Through her art, Frida Khalo addressed important topics like identity, class, and race. As an activist and feminist icon, she made the voices of girls and women heard in a meaningful and influential way. Johnson, Earhart, and Khalo all made groundbreaking achievements in their fields and paved the way for millions of girls to dream bigger than ever before. Now, it’s your turn to inspire and be inspired! Get the dolls of the Barbie® Inspiring Women™ Series now in the online shop to spark the imagination and motivation of someone you love and admire. With Barbie, you can be anything! ©2018 Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Amelia Earhart ™ is a trademark of Amy Kleppner. www.AmeliaEarhart.com
  7. Not only did Oprah get an Ava DuVernay doll for Christmas, she de-boxed it and posed it with an OOAK Oprah Doll. Get the scoop in this edition of Hot Off the Barbie Press! Oprah Has an Ava DuVernay Barbie Doll and Is Appropriately Excited About It Hilary Weaver, The Cut/NYMag.com, 1/26/16 “Oprah Winfrey gets famously psyched about any guest she hosts, but it turns out she's just as pumped when they come in doll form…” (Fun Fact: The OOAK Oprah Doll was given to Oprah by Barbara Handler Segal, daughter of Barbie® creator Ruth Handler and the inspiration behind the world’s most iconic doll!)
  8. By Allen Voivod After nearly two weeks of hints, production photos, behind-the-scenes looks, and much more, the BMR1959™ Collection has finally arrived in the online shop! Today, we talk to the designer who brought these streetwear-inspired looks to life in an exclusive Q&A. Carlyle Nuera, the Lead Designer for Barbie® Signature, set out to create a collection all about personal expression and style. From high-low fashion mixes to re-imagined ‘90s gear, with juxtaposed patterns, textures, and silhouettes, this curated ensemble showcases how current trends affect the Barbie® design aesthetic.
  9. By Allen Voivod Your voices have been heard! Two doll designs have made it to the prototype phase of the first-ever Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown. Which design will become a members-only exclusive doll? It's all up to you! Here's a quick recap of the action so far. Phase 1 of the Showdown consisted of four design concepts. Thousands of Barbie® fans voted earlier this year, and selected two designs to move on to Phase 2. Today, we're revealing for the first time how those designs have been translated into physical dolls for your consideration! Design Concept: The Royal Court The Royal Court showcases fashion inspired by royals with a distinctly modern twist. Design Concept: Flight of Fashion™ Flight of Fashion™ features a fantastical feathered look inspired by winged creatures both real and imagined. Now, all you have to do is vote for your favorite! The polls are open, and your vote is more important than ever before. The prototype that receives the most votes in this round will win the Showdown, and go into further design for manufacturing and get ready to be made available for pre-ordering! Please note: Voting will be open to all Barbie® fans, who may vote only once per voting phase. But only Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members will be able to purchase the final doll. (Not a member yet? Learn more and join now!) Want more details? Read the sections below titled What Is the Doll Design Showdown? and How to Vote for in the Doll Design Showdown for more details, then vote today! And keep an eye on your email to see which designs move on to the prototype phase. (Make sure you're getting our emails by checking your email preferences. If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just click here to get our email newsletter.) 2019 Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown Voting Schedule Round: Opens: Closes: 1st Round: Design Concepts DONE DONE 2nd Round : Prototype Options 10/8* 10/21* *Final voting dates subject to change. What Is the Doll Design Showdown? Barbie® Signature will manufacture and offer the Doll Design Showdown winning doll, chosen from pre-selected designs and prototypes by Barbie® fans. Anyone can participate, but we will only offer this doll for sale to Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members. We will conduct two polls, each lasting two weeks, in which anyone may vote for their preference of the offered choices. You may vote only once per poll. Be sure to vote before each poll closes! (Learn more about the designer, Angel Kent.) When the final round of voting has been concluded, the winning choices will be used to manufacture the doll. Placing your votes is NOT a commitment to purchase the resulting doll, and voting in the polls is not required to purchase the resulting doll (but you must be a Barbie® Signature Platinum or Gold Status member to purchase the doll). In the early spring of 2020, we will offer the winning Doll Design Showdown doll to Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members. (By then, we’ll have actual product sample images for you, so you’ll see the final doll that you’ll be ordering. Orders will be taken for approximately four weeks, and we will produce enough quantities to match the number of orders we receive – every Platinum and Gold Status members will have the opportunity to order and receive one. This means the item is made-to-order; made-to-order items may not reach you for approximately one (1) year after placing your order. Further details will be available when the doll is offered. Additionally, a minimum of 1,500 pre-orders are required for the winning doll to go into production. If the minimum pre-order threshold is not met, the doll will not go into production, and all pre-orders will be refunded. How to Vote in the Doll Design Showdown Review the calendar above to see when voting opens and closes for the two phases. Membership is not required to vote. Simply click the “Vote Now” link above to be taken to the survey. On the survey page, read the instructions, then place your vote. NOTE: You can only vote once per phase, and once cast, your vote cannot be changed – so consider carefully before placing your vote! Check in at Barbie® Signature a few weeks after the polling phases end to see how the voting turned out, and don’t miss your chance to be a part of a new Barbie® creation! Please note: The dolls, fashions, and accessories depicted in the above images are design concepts. Final production design, colors, and textures may vary.
  10. By Allen Voivod Renowned digital influencer and entrepreneur Chriselle Lim has been creating quite a stir in the fashion industry since she started her career as a wardrobe stylist for prominent fashion books and celebrities. Now, her signature working woman’s fashion-forward looks have been captured for the Barbie® Styled by Chriselle Lim Dolls! As founder of The Chriselle Factor, social influencer Chriselle Lim empowers and inspires women across the globe through her daily musings on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. For this addition to the "Barbie® Styled By" collection, Lim envisioned a pair of statement styles for Barbie® that effortlessly go from office, to lunch meetings, or to an evening out with ease. The first Styled by Chriselle Lim Barbie® Doll wears a shimmery-pink longline blazer with matching wide-legged trousers, while carrying a smart phone accessory and burgundy clutch. Her classic jewelry includes a simple necklace and hoop earrings, and her hair is styled in a sharp black bob to finish this modern look. She's a must-have fashion doll for Chriselle and Barbie® fans! Our coffee-cup-toting second Styled by Chriselle Lim Barbie® Doll wears a burgundy trench dress with a bow detail at the waist and accessorizes with a handbag and pointed toe mules. A golden pendant necklace, hoop earrings, and chic ponytail complete this on-point look, capturing the signature style of a modern fashion icon! As with previous dolls in our "Barbie® Styled By" series, each of the Chriselle Lim Barbie® Dolls will arrive in specially designed packaging perfect for displays and gifting. If you're the kind of Barbie® fan who likes to take dolls out of their boxes, you'll also get a doll stand for their de-boxing display, and you'll find a Certificate of Authenticity in each package as well. Now, it's time for you to make your own chic statement, and add these two to your collection today!
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    Barbie® Celebrates Dia de Muertos!

    By Allen Voivod Haz clic aquí para leer en español. Día de Muertos (Spanish for "Day of the Dead") is a time-honored holiday when families and friends gather to celebrate the lives of their departed loved ones. The Barbie® Día de Muertos Doll honors the traditions and symbols often seen throughout this annual occasion! Día de Muertos takes place on November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with the observances of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. This colorful and lively holiday is filled with music, food, sweets, offerings, and flowers. While the Día de Muertos Barbie® Doll takes inspiration from the modern version of this celebration, the tradition has roots that go back thousands of years. Barbie® doll’s long, ruffled, embroidered dress is embellished with heart and butterfly details. The butterflies, aside from being a symbol of death and rebirth, are also a reference to another annual event. Every year, coinciding with the Día de Muertos celebration, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico, at the end of their seasonal migration. Many view these butterflies as representing or containing the souls of their departed loved ones. Another unique feature you'll note is Barbie® doll's face, which is painted in a traditional skull design. The stylized calavera (skull) depiction is another colorful part of this annual celebration, during which people of all ages either have their faces painted or wear intricately detailed skull masks. Barbie® doll also wears a crown with monarch butterflies and bright marigolds – flowers which are often placed alongside ofrendas (offerings) on altares (altars) made especially for the occasion in honor of the departed. Specially designed packaging makes the Barbie® Día de Muertos Doll perfect for displays and gifting. If you take the doll out of the package, you'll find a doll stand to help with her display, as well as a Certificate of Authenticity for this Black Label® doll. Now, head to the online shop to get her, and we hope that Barbie® Día de Muertos Doll will become a treasured tradition for your celebration!
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    ¡Barbie® celebra el Día de Muertos!

    Por Allen Voivod Día de Muertos es una festividad tradicional desde hace muchos años en la que las familias y los amigos se reúnen para celebrar las vidas de sus seres queridos difuntos. ¡La Muñeca Barbie® Día de Muertos celebra las tradiciones y los símbolos que a menudo se ven durante esta festividad anual! El Día de Muertos se lleva a cabo el 1 y 2 de noviembre, y coincide con las prácticas del Día de Todos los Santos y del Día de Muertos. Esta colorida y animada festividad está llena de música, comida, dulces, ofrendas y flores. Aunque la Muñeca Barbie® Día de Muertos se inspira en la versión moderna de esta celebración, la tradición tiene raíces que se remontan a miles de años atrás. El vestido largo de la muñeca Barbie®, bordado y con volados cuenta con decoraciones de corazón y mariposas. Las mariposas, además de ser un símbolo de muerte y renacimiento, también son una referencia a otro evento anual. Cada año, coincidiendo con la celebración del Día de Muertos, cientos de millones de mariposas monarca llegan a México, al final de su migración de temporada. Muchas personas ven a estas mariposas como una representación o como criaturas que contienen las almas de sus seres queridos difuntos. Otra característica única que observarás es la cara de la muñeca Barbie®, que está pintada con un diseño de calavera tradicional. La estilizada representación de la calavera es otra colorida parte de esta celebración anual, durante la que personas de todas las edades maquillan sus rostros o utilizan máscaras de calaveras muy detalladas. La muñeca Barbie® también lleva una corona con mariposas monarca y cempasúchil brillantes, flores que generalmente se dejan junto a las ofrendas en los altares construidos especialmente para la ocasión en honor al difunto. El empaque especialmente diseñado hace de la Muñeca Barbie® Día de Muertos el juguete perfecto para regalos y exhibiciones. Si sacas la muñeca de su empaque, descubrirás que puede permanecer de pie para ayudarte con la exhibición, además de un certificado de autenticidad de esta muñeca de la colección Black Label®. Ahora, dirígete a la tienda en línea para obtenerla y esperamos que la Muñeca Barbie® Día de Muertos se transforme en una valiosa tradición para tu celebración.
  13. By Allen Voivod It was an amazing two weeks, and all four doll design concepts acquitted themselves admirably. But only two could advance to the prototype phase of the first-ever Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown. Are you ready for the reveal? Design Concept: The Royal Court The Royal Court showcases fashion inspired by royals with a distinctly modern twist. Design Concept: Flight of Fashion™ Flight of Fashion™ features a fantastical feathered look inspired by winged creatures both real and imagined. Now that you've selected two designs, here's what happens next. A couple of months from now, Phase 2 voting will begin. You’ll be presented with a prototype version of each of these designs, and you’ll get to vote on which one you prefer. (Why the wait between voting phases, you may ask? Because it takes time to create by hand the physical prototypes of the dolls and the fashions they wear – and we want to make sure you see the best possible version of each one when it's time to vote again!) Please note: Voting will be open to all Barbie® fans, who may vote only once per voting phase. But only Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members will be able to purchase the final doll. (Not a member yet? Learn more and join now!) Want more details? Read the sections below titled What Is the Doll Design Showdown? and How to Vote for in the Doll Design Showdown for more details, then vote today! And keep an eye on your email to see which designs move on to the prototype phase. (Make sure you're getting our emails by checking your email preferences. If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just click here to get our email newsletter.) 2019 Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown Voting Schedule Round: Opens: Closes: 1st Round: Design Concepts DONE DONE 2nd Round : Prototype Options 10/8* 10/21* *Final voting dates subject to change. What Is the Doll Design Showdown? Barbie® Signature will manufacture and offer the Doll Design Showdown winning doll, chosen from pre-selected designs and prototypes by Barbie® fans. Anyone can participate, but we will only offer this doll for sale to Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members. We will conduct two polls, each lasting two weeks, in which anyone may vote for their preference of the offered choices. You may vote only once per poll. Be sure to vote before each poll closes! (Learn more about the designer, Angel Kent.) When the final round of voting has been concluded, the winning choices will be used to manufacture the doll. Placing your votes is NOT a commitment to purchase the resulting doll, and voting in the polls is not required to purchase the resulting doll (but you must be a Barbie® Signature Platinum or Gold Status member to purchase the doll). In the spring of 2020, we will offer the winning Doll Design Showdown doll to Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members. Orders will be taken for approximately four weeks, and we will produce enough quantities to match the number of orders we receive – every Platinum and Gold Status members will have the opportunity to order and receive one. This means the item is made-to-order; made-to-order items may not reach you for approximately one (1) year after placing your order. Further details will be available when the doll is offered. Additionally, a minimum of 1,500 pre-orders are required for the winning doll to go into production. If the minimum pre-order threshold is not met, the doll will not go into production, and all pre-orders will be refunded. How to Vote in the Doll Design Showdown Review the calendar above to see when voting opens and closes for the two phases. Membership is not required to vote. Simply click the “Vote Now” link above to be taken to the survey. On the survey page, read the instructions, then place your vote. NOTE: You can only vote once per phase, and once cast, your vote cannot be changed – so consider carefully before placing your vote! Check in at Barbie® Signature a few weeks after the polling phases end to see how the voting turned out, and don’t miss your chance to be a part of a new Barbie® creation! Please note: The dolls, fashions, and accessories depicted in the above images are design concepts. Final production design, colors, and textures may vary.
  14. By Allen Voivod The Inspiring Women™ Series pays tribute to incredible heroines – courageous women who paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before. We're humbled to welcome two new role models into this important collection: Rosa Parks Barbie® Doll and Sally Ride Barbie® Doll! On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused an order to give up her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus, her act of defiance became the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Later hailed as "the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement," Parks earned worldwide recognition and numerous awards including the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. In 1977, when NASA first began recruiting women into the astronaut corps, Sally Ride was one of six women accepted out of more than 8,000 applicants. On June 18, 1983, she blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger to become the first American woman – and youngest American – to fly in space. Ride's adventurous nature, quest for discovery, and pioneering accomplishments inspire girls everywhere to boldly reach for the stars. The dolls created to honor these two pioneers have each been sculpted in their likenesses of their real-life counterparts. Rosa Parks Barbie® Doll wears a floral dress under a smart wool coat. Included are glasses, gloves, a pillbox hat, and clutch accessories. Sally Ride Barbie® Doll wears a blue flight suit, modeled after Sally’s own, with Challenger and NASA insignias. She comes with a headset accessory and removable helmet with American flag and NASA logo details. As with all Barbie® Signature Black Label® dolls, each one comes with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. They'll also arrive in specially-designed packaging that tells their stories and includes a quote from each of them, too. Whether for your own collection or to share their inspiration with someone you care about, head to the online shop and get the Rosa Parks Barbie® Doll and Sally Ride Barbie® Doll today! Rosa Parks’ Name and Image Used with Permission from The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development. Sally Ride™ is a trademark of Tam O’Shaughnessy. NASA insignia and identifiers provided and used with permission of NASA.
  15. By Allen Voivod Inspired by original concept art from Star Wars: A New Hope, the Star Wars™ X Barbie® Collection puts a high-fashion twist on iconic characters! In this exclusive interview, Robert Best talks about his love for Star Wars, design challenges, and shares his experience in binging this new collection to life. What was particularly exciting or unique about this collaboration for you? The unique aspects of this come from the collaboration of two unique icons that truly stand alone. Barbie and Star Wars are cultural phenomena like no others and so it’s exciting to bring these two worlds together. I also think it might be an unexpected collaboration and I love that. The character of R2-D2 is instantly recognizable. What are some of the more subtle ways you integrated elements of the droid's design into the doll’s fashion? Barbie doll’s hair and make-up firstly are a fun, subtle nod to the signature shapes and colors that fans of R2-D2 will recognize. Her belt is a very specific R2-D2 element that immediately stands out. The silver lining of the puffer vest is also a nice detail. With the Leia-inspired doll, how did you approach the task of designing a look that’s fresh, yet honors the original, since the movie costume and hairstyle are so indelibly iconic? With the look inspired by Princess Leia, I knew that keeping the signature elements would be important and the challenge was making them different enough where it didn’t feel like a costume or a strict recreation. I also wanted to make sure Leia's confidence shined through. I took the hairstyle (that might be one of the most recognizable of all time) and added braids and volume as well as lowering the placement. For the gown I really wanted to amp up the glamour but still keep it relatively clean & simple. We created a stunning white gown with dramatic cape-like sleeves, highlighted with the silver corset belt, necklace and cuffs adding a cool touch of shine and texture. Darth Vader’s movie costume is actually a suit of life-supporting armor and cybernetics. How did that fact change, enhance, and/or limit your approach to the doll’s couture design? While these details are interesting and relevant to the characters in the narrative related to the films, when you're creating a look “inspired by,” the purpose is to capture the essence of the character and include notable details. Then, it becomes more about what the costume and its narrative purpose represents emotionally, and finding a way to convey that through fashion. What do you think fans of Star Wars and Barbie will be most excited about? As a fan of both myself – my hope is that fans will share the excitement and joy that I had when creating these dolls from this unique and amazing collaboration. For me personally – this was definitely a dream collaboration and I hope that comes through to the fans. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.
  16. By Allen Voivod Sixty years ago, a doll that changed the world debuted in black and white. Today, Barbie honors her past and looks to the future with the Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll! Featuring a vintage face sculpt and using the posable Silkstone® doll body for endless display possibilities, Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll is a perfect tribute to the doll that started it all. Following on the brightly colorful heels of Barbie® Proudly Pink™ Doll, the Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll is the second of two dolls in the 2019 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. Since the debut of this line in 2000, Principal Designer Robert Best has added contemporary twists to classic couture, creating a timeless elegance with every new entry in this high-fashion series. You know, of course, how many events are being hosted in Barbie® doll's honor for her 60th anniversary! At one of the more formal occasions, Barbie® arrives in this floor-length satiny ball gown. Two luxurious satiny bows adorn the beautiful back, revealing a full black net petticoat. Those in attendance will recognize the significance of the design – it evokes the fashion she wore at the very beginning of her story. Amazing to think that a doll in a simple swimsuit could become the global fashion icon before you now, wearing such a stunning couture creation! When dressing for elegance, it's not about all the accessories so much as it is the right accessories. Barbie® keeps it simply chic with rhinestone and faux-pearl drop earrings, and adds a dash of drama with satiny opera gloves. Even her platinum up-do features jet-black streaks, to carry through the black-and-white theme. She's in the online shop now, and Barbie® Signature Platinum Status members will have the first opportunity to get her, beginning June 4th. Gold Status members will join the fun on June 7th, and on June 10th she'll be available for everyone. Like previous Barbie® Fashion Model Collection dolls before her, the Barbie® Black & White Forever™ Doll comes with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. But really, you can tell just by looking at her where she's from, how far she's come, and how much further she can go! Now, it's your turn to go – to the online shop, that is, and add her to your collection today!
  17. For Barbie® doll's 60th anniversary, a fashion from 1960 is coming back as a vintage reproduction – and this time, a doll comes with it! Meet the Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll, who made time in her schedule to be sure she could join this year's festivities. Students of Barbie™ history will recognize her attire and accessories as "Busy Gal #981," so numbered because it was part of the 900 Series of fashions released for Barbie® doll in her early years. With this and other new outfits of the time, girls had more opportunities to play with Barbie® any way they could imagine – and imagine themselves into new opportunities, too! Barbie® Signature has created a version of Busy Gal #981 that's true to the original, but this time the doll isn't sold separately. The Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll features a vintage face sculpt with retro details, and adds golden hoop earrings to go with her original ensemble. She wears a red skirt and jacket over a crisp, red and white pin-striped blouse bodysuit. Her accessory game is still on point, featuring a navy blue woven hat, woven belt, navy slides and black, cat-eye framed glasses. The reproduction wouldn't be complete without three final important pieces – two of her bold and stylish fashion sketch sheets tucked inside a portfolio emblazoned with "Barbie®, fashion designer" on the front. Looking back, this 981 concept seems to foreshadow Barbie® doll's future influence on the world of haute couture! She may be a "Busy Gal," but she's never too busy to celebrate something as special as a diamond anniversary. And now, it's your turn to mark this milestone occasion by adding the Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll to your collection. She's in the online shop right now, so don't your calendar distract you. Get her today, before she takes off for her next appointment!
  18. What follows is an excerpt from a much longer piece by Chris that’s being offered as a beautiful downloadable for Barbie® Signature members! Already a member? Log in to get it. Not a member? Join now for instant access! Muse. Pioneer. Icon. That’s Barbie® doll, a fashion model whose stride down an endless runway inspired an entire line of quality collectibles for an astounding 60 years! An elevation of design and fashion, Barbie® doll appeals to anyone interested in contemporary fashion trends. With her online presence, Barbie® also serves as a major influencer. Barbie® always encapsulates that intangible quality known as “style.” Under Mattel owner Ruth Handler’s influence and designer Charlotte Johnson’s tutelage, the world was first taken by surprise when Barbie® was introduced at the New York Toy Fair on March 9th, 1959, along with her pink fashion booklet. From the beginning, astute collectors recognized the ingenuity and detail that had gone into the doll and her wardrobe, which began to grow along with Barbie® doll’s popularity. Today, those early tailored fashions are a veritable freeze frame of the era, reminiscent of Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Givenchy and Dior. Many clever girls handled their precious Barbie® dolls with care, and that eventually marked the beginning of the very first Barbie™ Fan Club in 1961, which set the stage for more clubs where Barbie™ fans could gather and make new friends. There was so much to collect! Nothing stopped Barbie® from constantly evolving with hairstyles like Ponytails, Bubble Cuts, Mod hairstyles and an eclectic wardrobe that showcased the latest looks from smart suits, career outfits and go-go boots! The Barbie™ world grew at a rapid pace, and so did the ranks of her devoted fans. Designers at Mattel acknowledged their die-hard Barbie enthusiasts and started to create special dolls for collectors. Among the longest-lasting Barbie collectibles has to be the Dolls of the World series. This popular collection, begun in 1980, beguiles us with Barbie doll dressed in festive native fashions from different countries, starting with the hard-to-find original Parisian Barbie Doll. That same year, collectors held the very first Barbie convention in New York City. It was the first time an entire doll show was devoted to one doll: Barbie! Dolls of the World Series Parisian Barbie Doll Seeing the positive results of the first convention and the need for more dolls, the Barbie design team began conceiving a Barbie line with the adult collector in mind. This initiated Barbie doll’s rich legacy of working with popular fashion designers, beginning with Oscar de la Renta® in 1984. Oscar de la Renta Barbie® Oscar de La Renta’s evening gowns for Barbie would serve as a major win for Barbie doll’s burgeoning atelier. The advantage of showcasing his evening wear separately so all collectors could display them on their favorite dolls meant gaining name recognition with a fresh, young audience. This successful collaboration captured the imagination of the fashion world and two Oscar de La Renta Barbie Dolls were released, dressed exclusively by the designer. Happy Holidays™ Barbie At the end of 1988, that Happy Holidays™ Barbie became the most coveted doll during the holiday season, starting her own line of annual collectibles under The Holiday Series. The next year, 1989, Barbie doll’s 30th Anniversary was met with unprecedented surprises. New York City named Fifth Avenue “Barbie Boulevard.” Barbie doll’s amazing 30 years were also commemorated by Tiffany & Co. with a special custom-made sterling silver Barbie doll. Barbie Pink Jubilee Another special event was hosted at Lincoln Center to celebrate Barbie’s 30th Anniversary. As a gift, a limited edition of 1200 Barbie Pink Jubilee dolls was given to lucky collectors. The 30th Anniversary was also greeted with fanfare at FAO Schwartz with the special release of the exclusive Golden Greetings Barbie, the first of many successful partnerships between Mattel and FAO Schwartz. Meanwhile, the diverse collections in the works at Mattel led up to the much anticipated 35th Anniversary in 1994 with special reproductions of the 1959 original Barbie Doll in a few of her most popular couture fashions under The Nostalgic Series. Also as part of the 35th Anniversary, Mattel released Gold Jubilee Barbie in a limited edition of 5,000. Nostalgic series reproduction Solo in the Spotlight Gold Jubilee Barbie Doll Due to Barbie doll’s exquisite fashion sense, another major exhibit was mounted so fans could view Barbie in a new light. The exemplary showcase was set in Los Angeles and called Barbie on Rodeo with twenty dolls and accessories modeling creations by designers like Versace and Escada for a charity auction in 1996. “Why not?” asked Ron Michaels, president of the Rodeo Drive Committee, which sponsored the event, along with Mattel. “Barbie is the most fashionable girl in the world. 40th Anniversary Barbie Doll As the decade continued, a special 40th Anniversary Barbie Doll, wearing a gown reminiscent of Barbie doll’s original black and white striped swimsuit, was gifted to conventioneers at the 1999 40th Anniversary Convention. The convention doll was praised for her ingenuity by transforming the iconic swimsuit into a festive gown, making it an instant collectible. The following year offered a chance to oooh and aaah over the new unprecedented Barbie Fashion Model Collection. The BFMC was introduced in 2000 and collectors had never seen any dolls quite so elegant. Created by designer Robert Best, they were called “Silkstones” and were created with a special combination of porcelain and vinyl. The Silkstones were an instant sensation with separate fashions specifically designed for their regal haute couture looks! Debuting in 2004, the 45th anniversary year, were two exceptional dolls from the acclaimed Versace fashion house. The first Barbie doll was called Versace Barbie Doll. She was gorgeous, wearing a dramatic strapless taupe gown that billowed around her legs. The second doll, Versus Barbie™, sported a casual pantsuit in a royal blue and white asymmetrical design. The limited edition dolls were sold out shortly after their release. VERSACE Versus Barbie Doll With all the collectible offerings, the 50th Anniversary in 2009 for Barbie doll reached a fever pitch and every collector wanted to attend the convention. Old friends shared their new finds and new friendships began over simple things like memories of finding that special doll. Celebrations were held in Barbie clubs worldwide and Mattel debuted the beautiful 50th Anniversary Barbie doll created especially for collectors. 50th Anniversary Barbie Doll In recent years, the Barbie Signature team has dreamed up even more extraordinary Barbie dolls. If the dolls of the past few years are any indication, Barbie is going in directions that signal all new adventures in the future. 2019 is already shaping up to be a banner year for the 60th Anniversary of Barbie doll! Collectors can look forward to quite a few jaw-dropping surprises! Here’s to more wonderful additions to your Barbie collection. Check out the 2019 line all available a click away at the Barbie Signature online shop! Barbie 60th Anniversary Doll Barbie Proudly Pink™ Barbie Busy Gal It’s never too late to start collecting and with the fabulous retro-reproductions, you can start from the very beginning and work your way up to a collection that best reflects your taste. Remember, there’s a Barbie for everyone—all you need is a great imagination! Here’s a cool video for more inspiration for your special collection: Now, it's your turn. Write back about your faves from the past 60 years of Barbie collectibles!
  19. "I have a passion for vintage Barbie and I love the 1960s Mod era," says Barbie® Signature Principal Designer Bill Greening. The two come together in groovy fashion with the arrival of the Barbie® Mod Friends Gift Set in the online shop! Celebrating 50 years of friendship, the gift set captures an important moment in the history of Barbie®. "From 1963 to 1967 Barbie just had one gal pal, Midge, to hang with. In 1968, Mattel introduced new friends for Barbie," recalls Greening. "Stacey, her British friend, was Barbie doll’s first 'foreign' friend, you could say. And Christie was the first doll designed and marketed as a black friend in Barbie doll’s world." Recent additions to the current Fashionistas® playline dolls have been hailed for their diversity and inclusiveness. The Barbie® Mod Friends™ Gift Set reminds us that those traits have been a hallmark of the world of Barbie® for a very long time. As manufacturing methods change over time, so too does the process of creating vintage reproductions that are as close to the real thing as possible. But the details are what makes these dolls so special. Greening shares this by way of example: "We used a hair fiber on Christie that really feels like vintage hair. We haven't used it previously on dolls with 'bubble cut' hairstyles until now. But I love that it feels like a vintage doll hair would." The doll bodies themselves take our vintage reproductions to a new level. Not only do they feature Twist ‘N Turn torsos and rooted eyelashes, they also have bendable legs that may bring back their own wave of nostalgia. "Anyone who picks up these dolls loves their bendable legs," says Greening. "That click, click, click in your hands is so satisfying to play with, and really takes you back." For the fashions themselves, you may have noticed a bit of a citrus twist to the designs. Stacey™ Doll, the mod friend from across the pond, sports a two-piece outfit with pink and yellow dots against lime green. Wearing a long-sleeve blouse and plaid skirt, Christie™ Doll is a tangerine dream. Totally hip, Barbie® Doll wears a flower-power print dress with sunny pops of yellow. Collectors may recognize them as "Cool Casuals," "Tangerine Scene," and "Flower Wower," respectively. "The designs range from 1968-1970," Greening adds, "but I think they could all have lived in the same Barbie case or toy box belonging to a young child. The 1968 date on our new gift set is there to signify we're celebrating the anniversary of when these three girls first met and became lifelong Mod friends!" The Barbie® Mod Friends™ Gift Set comes with doll stands for each of the dolls and a Certificate of Authenticity, too. Don't miss your chance to get these three friends together again – get the gift set now in our online shop! Production doll may vary from the images shown.
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