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  1. By Allen Voivod For two decades, the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection reinterpreted classic fashions with a contemporary twist. To date, the line includes more than 140 remarkable Silkstone® dolls! In this exclusive interview, designer Robert Best talks about the end of a haute couture era with the coming launch of the 2020 BFMC®. ~*~*~*~*~ 2020 will mark the final year for the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection (for now, at least). Can you tell us why 2020 is the right time to pause its historic run? I like even numbers and it also just felt like the right time. This has truly always been a labor of love from where I sit, and I would never have it any other way. I think the collection has covered a lot of ground and after 20 years. It’s a good time to take stock, step back, and see what the future holds. What have been some of your favorite dolls in the collection? This is a tough one, there are too many favorites. I’ve always loved Delphine Barbie as she was the first glamour gown from 2000. In the Pink Barbie was fabulous for how extra it was. Marie Therese Barbie, of course – she was modelled after my sister and I love a bride. Midnight Mischief remains one of my favorite fashions. Dahlia Barbie is just a beautiful doll with amazing details. I love the entire "Career" series, and the "Hollywood" series. Preferably Pink Barbie is a stand-out for all the details and the remarkable jewelry. The Mad Men collection was an incredible partnership. The entire “Atelier” series. It's very challenging to look back at 20 years of work and narrow down to a few dolls. I truly have loved every collection. Barbie™ fans have a deep appreciation for this collection. Can you share some highlights from the feedback they’ve given you over the years? When it first launched there was palpable excitement and buzz. Collectors candidly shared that the Barbie Fashion Model Collection had reignited their love of the hobby. Others told me this was the collection that turned them on to collecting. People have always shared incredibly positive feedback and stories about their passion for Barbie, and in particular about this collection from the very beginning. So many people shared that it was their favorite collection or that it had a special place in their collection. How did you approach the creation of the 2020 BFMC® dolls? What did you do differently (if anything) this time around? And was it more emotional for you in any particular way? I approached the collection for 2020 as a bit of a return to form. I wanted all the best aspects of how I had originally conceived of the collection, with something for everyone, featuring multiple dolls with lots of great details and a range in styles while remaining classic. Every collection borrows aspects from the ones before while evolving and moving the needle in some way. I’m personally very happy with where we landed for the final year and it definitely feels as though we are ending it on a high! Of course, it's very emotional, and I am a person who typically doesn’t like change – but in this case I feel like it’s a completion and in a good way. Things change and evolve, that's a part of the natural progression of life and I’m okay with that. What can you tell us about the future of haute couture Barbie® dolls, and what’s next for you and fashion design muse? There are so many exciting things on the horizon for Barbie, new projects, new talent and new ideas. I cannot share any more specifics than to say, “Watch this space…” Barbie will always be reinventing. I'm very energized and inspired about the future. I appreciate the love and attachment collectors have shared with BFMC and me as an extension. I know for sure there will be new collections and dolls that continue to excite and engage the collector community.
  2. Thank you so much for being part of the Barbie® Signature collecting community! Your support is greatly appreciated, and we're always looking for opportunities to improve your experiences with us. We're thrilled to announce a coming change – to a newer, more modern, and fully supported forum experience. On Monday, 10/28 at 12:01am, the forums will shut down and begin the migration to a new providerr. With the migration comes a number of significant upgrades, including (but not limited to): The forums will be mobile-optimized, for a better experience on phones and tablets. The ability to follow conversations and get updates on new replies has been revamped and improved. Private messaging between forum members will feature a new and easier-to-use interface. Before October 28th, we recommend that you do the following: Save a copy (on your own computer or device) of any messages in your inbox that you want to keep. Messages in your forum mailboxes will not be migrated to the new platform. Download copies of any images from your photo gallery, as a precaution against the unexpected. The plan is for all photos to be preserved, though the photo gallery functionality will be returning at a later date. But we recommend downloading copies of them just in case. Please note: We expect to go live by 11/8. So it won’t be too long before you can access the new and improved version of the Barbie® Signature forums.
  3. By Allen Voivod Barbie® fans have spoken! The votes have been tallied, and we're ready to declare a winner in the first-ever Barbie® Signature Doll Design Showdown. Two prototypes competed for the honor, but only one could win it all. Are you ready for the big reveal? Flight of Fashion™ What happens next? The Barbie® Signature team will get to work finalizing all the design specifications for the doll and its packaging, and prepare it for a four-week pre-order period to be annouced during early spring of 2020. Please note: 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.) 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 concluded, the winning choices will be used to finalize the design specifications for the doll and its packaging, to prepare it for manufacturing. 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.
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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!
  5. By Allen Voivod With a career spanning over five decades, David Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, and icon. Now, Barbie® Signature applauds his global and multigenerational impact with the Barbie® David Bowie Doll! As a Gold Label™ doll, this will only be produced in limited quantities, and comes with a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity. It's a definitive celebration of two pop culture icons, as Barbie® honors the pioneer of sound and vision, English singer, songwriter, and actor, whose dramatic musical transformations continue to influence and inspire. Dressed as Bowie’s fantastic sci-fi alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, Barbie® wears the iconic metallic ‘space suit’ with red and blue stripes and flared shoulders, and Bowie’s signature cherry-red platform boots. Special details include bold makeup – featuring the famed astral sphere forehead icon – and a hairstyle inspired by Bowie’s fiery-red locks. The doll will arrive (not from Mars, just from our warehouse!) in specially-designed packaging, displaying a collage of images from Bowie's early career. It's another respectful aspect of this tribute to a musical genius who redefined rock and roll. It also makes Barbie® David Bowie Doll the ultimate collector’s item for Bowie and Barbie® fans alike. Bowie was, and continues to be, a unique presence in contemporary culture. Honor his extraordinary talent and undeniable influence by adding Barbie® David Bowie Doll to your collection today! © 2019 The David Bowie Archive ® Under license to Perryscope Productions LLC/Epic Rights.
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    Spot the BMR1959® Truck and Get a Free Doll!

    By Allen Voivod The BMR1959™ Collection has arrived in the online shop! To celebrate the advent of this new streetwear-inspired series, Barbie® Signature is bringing a special event to Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles! At 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 30th, a unique BMR1959™ truck will arrive on Melrose between Ogden Drive and Orange Grove Avenue. You'll be able to get the new dolls there, and the first 100 people in line at the truck will get one BMR1959™ doll for free! But this is more than just a pop-up shopping opportunity. We're thrilled to announce that Lady Pink will be creating a live art installation on the BMR1959™ truck! As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Pink's canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, the MET in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Groningen Museum of Holland. And you'll get to see her create a new work of art right before your eyes. If you'll be anywhere near Los Angeles on 10/30/19, you won't want to miss this. The truck arrives at 3:00pm, and doll sales end at 6:00pm. It's going to be fantastic, and we can't wait to see you there!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. By Allen Voivod It's the latest design for the longest-running tradition in the history of Barbie® dolls! It's also never too early to celebrate, and we're more than ready for the big reveal. In this, the global fashion icon's 60th anniversary year, we're proud to introduce the 2019 Holiday Barbie™ Dolls! This is the 31st year in the series that began as the "Happy Holidays" Barbie® Dolls. The name changed a few times over the years, but since 2004, it's been the "Holiday Barbie™ Doll," and some things have always stayed the same. The dolls are always wearing the most sophisticated ball gowns, in colors that reflect the spirit of the season. They're always glamorously styled, and they serve as both a reminder of cherished memories of the past and a symbol of joyous occasions yet to come! This year, the Holiday Barbie™ Dolls each shine in an elegant gown with red and white holiday print and silvery sparkle detail. A beautiful bow adorns each gown’s shoulder and complements a dramatic red train. Whether in curls, waves, or a ponytail, each doll's hairstyle includes a chic side part, and silvery chandelier earrings complete each doll's look. Every year, the Holiday Barbie™ Dolls also come in specially designed packaging that's perfect for gift giving, and wonderful for display if you're an NRFB kind of collector. (That's "never removed from box," in case you were wondering.) Should you take her out for display, she also comes with a doll stand, and of course a Certificate of Authenticity is tucked inside the packaging, too. There are three different Holiday Barbie™ Dolls from which to choose, but who says you have to choose! You can get all three dolls and save 10% when you buy them together in the online shop – and right now, you can’t get them anywhere else. It’s never too early to get your hands on them, so be among the first to bring home these treasured keepsakes now, and keep your holiday spirits bright all year long!
  10. 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.
  11. By Allen Voivod It's the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics, and Barbie® Signature is joining the celebration with a tribute to three legendary X-Men characters – Storm Barbie® Doll, Mystique Barbie® Doll, and Dark Phoenix Barbie® Doll! Designer Bill Greening led the Barbie® Signature team during this action-packed collaboration, and graciously answered our questions about the dolls and the project process in this exclusive interview. *~*~*~*~*~* What did you appreciate most about participating in this project? It’s something I've heard requested for many years from both Barbie® collectors and comic book fans, so I was really excited to take on the project. The Marvel Universe has many iconic female characters that are strong and empowering, so it was fun to bring them to “life” in the Barbie Signature line up. Marvel is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019 and Barbie is celebrating her 60th, so it’s an exciting time for two powerhouse brands to collaborate and celebrate together. What can you tell us about the process of selecting these three characters, and how you went about designing their looks? We had a list of about 10 female characters we suggested. The Marvel team then helped us narrow it down to 3 based on their knowledge of fan favorites. Once the characters were established, we had to narrow it down to which version of the character would be most iconic. The costumes for each have changed throughout the years. (The dolls are based on comic book looks, not the theatrical releases.) I wanted to make sure the fans of these characters felt like the Barbie® team was going to do them justice, capturing all the important details that will set these dolls apart. What would you say is your favorite detail (or details!) for each of the dolls? Storm Barbie® Doll: She's such an iconic, visually powerful female superhero. I think just the doll in its entirety is exciting to see in 3-D. Her platinum hair really stands out with her skin tone. Her cape adds a lot drama to her costume. Mystique Barbie® Doll: I mean, who doesn’t want a blue Barbie®? I love how the colors work with her look. Blue skin, bright red hair, yellow eyes. Dark Phoenix Barbie® Doll: I love her fiery red hair. It has subtle highlights that creates depth. And her eyes are glowing with power! *~*~*~*~*~* Each of the three dolls are painted to the likeness of the character, and the doll bodies feature articulation in the arms and legs to ready them for powerful poses. And now, it's time for you to exercise your own superpowers: Fly over to the online shop and add these dolls to your collection today! Storm Barbie® Doll, Mystique Barbie® Doll, and Dark Phoenix Barbie® Doll all debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and made quite the splash! If you missed the excitement, don't worry – we're coming to save the day with the dramatic video reveal. In the video embedded below, you'll get to learn more about these powerful characters, and see photos and 360-degree views of each doll. Watch it now! Video not showing up for you? © 2019 MARVEL
  12. 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.
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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.
  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. Thank you so much for being part of the Barbie® Signature collecting community! Your support is greatly appreciated, and we're always looking for opportunities to improve your experiences with us. We're thrilled to announce a coming change – to a newer, more modern, and fully supported forum experience. Soon, the forums will migrate to a new provider, and with the migration comes a number of significant upgrades, including (but not limited to): The forums will be mobile-optimized, for a better experience on phones and tablets. The ability to follow conversations and get updates on new replies has been revamped and improved. Private messaging between forum members will feature a new and easier-to-use interface. Before September 15th, we recommend that you do the following: Save a copy (on your own computer or device) of any messages in your inbox that you want to keep. Messages in your forum mailboxes will not be migrated to the new platform. Download copies of any images from your photo gallery, as a precaution against the unexpected. The plan is for all photos to be preserved, though the photo gallery functionality will be returning at a later date. But we recommend downloading copies of them just in case. Please note: Once the migration begins, there will be a few days during which the forums won't be available. Rest assured, they'll be back online soon, and better than ever! We'll provide another update as soon as we know when the migration will take place, and how long it may take before you can access the new and improved version of the Barbie® Signature forums.
  16. 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.
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    Best in Black™ Barbie® Doll Kicks Off the 2020 BFMC®!

    By Allen Voivod It may still be 2019 on the calendar, but at Barbie® Signature, it's time to start revealing dolls from next year's line! And what better way to get things going than with Best in Black™ Barbie® Doll, the first entry in the 2020 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. Glamour, sophistication, timeless elegance – that's what the BFMC® is all about! For 20 years, Designer Robert Best has been adding a contemporary twist to the classic elements of a well-dressed woman's wardrobe. With a style icon like Barbie® as his muse for the past two decades, this haute couture collection can stand next to the work of any real-world fashion collection! Barbie® is ready for any occasion – and in this case, the debut design for the 20th anniversary of the series! – in her jet-black mini dress with stylish leg-of-mutton sleeves. Sheer, black calf-high stockings and Mary-Jane-inspired heels complement her fresh, fashion-forward look. Our Gold Label® Best in Black™ Barbie® Doll is the first of four dolls coming from Robert's atelier this year. She'll arrive in specially designed packaging (featuring a doll sketch by Robert!) if you'd like to display her in the box. If you're the de-boxing kind, you'll find a doll stand and Certificate of Authenticity inside. And of course, she also features the posable Silkstone® doll body, for endless posing possibilities. Now that you've got the details, you've gotta get this doll! She's available in the online shop starting 11/20 for Platinum Status members, 11/22 for Gold Status members, and 11/25 for everyone else. Don't forget, this is also the final year for the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. That's one more very compelling reason to add her to your collection as soon as possible!
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    Coming Soon: A Special Barbie® Signature Event!

    By Allen Voivod Barbie® Signature is about to try something new … something daring … something bold. In other words, something worthy of Barbie® and her stunning history as a global fashion icon! We’re making the final preparations now, and we wanted to let you know that something big is in the works so you can get ready for it. Why, you may ask? Because YOU will play a starring role in the event! Want to be among the first to know when we reveal the details? Check your email preferences here to make sure you're on the list! If you haven't signed up for our emails yet, just click here to get our email newsletter. Every Barbie® fan around the world will be able to participate in the event. However, Barbie® Signature Platinum and Gold Status members will have access to something special, an exclusive opportunity that will only be available to members, and only for a limited time. If you’re not a member yet, now is a great time to learn more and join! On top of this exclusive new benefit, you have the opportunity to save up to $120 every 12 months on dolls in the Barbie® Signature online shop, access to exclusive content, and so much more. So get ready for a big announcement in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to share it with you!
  19. 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!
  20. Must love dogs? Not me! I’m an unapologetic cat person — pawsitively. Not to take anything away from proud dog owners who lavish attention on their rowdy, yappy pets, but I prefer the sleek sophistication of a cat. A regal, graceful, and mysterious creature. Yes, I’ve heard the complaints that cats are aloof and unaffectionate. To which I say, “Hiss!” My family always had cats when I was growing up. I can’t remember a time when our house was kitten-free. But then I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t sniffling and sneezing, either. Oh, cruel irony — I was diagnosed with cat allergies. Cat-astrophe! These days, I get my feline fix by bonding with friends’ cats (“The Cat Whisperer,” they call me) or watching cute cat videos online. Yes, I’m secure enough to admit that. It’s no surprise, then, that my favorite supervillain is feline fatale Catwoman and has been since the late 1960s, when I watched the campy Batman™ series on our black-and-white TV. How could I — or the Caped Crusader — ever resist this meowy mix of fur-ocious nemesis and glamour-puss seductress? Through the years, Catwoman has enjoyed more than nine lives in pop culture, clawing her way from the DC Comics pages to TV shows (live-action and animated) and eventually leaping onto the big screen in blockbuster movies. Even fiercer? The classy cat burglar is now purrfectly poised to steal collectors’ hearts as Catwoman Barbie® Doll. This elegant figure dresses for nocturnal prowling in a stylish black bodysuit with long black gloves, cat ears, and mask. Accessorized with a gold belt and matching medallion around her neck, she looks ready to charm and disarm Batman™ Ken® Doll, also available at our online store. As a cat man and Catwoman fan, I’m excited to add Catwoman Barbie® Doll to my collection — with no worries of an allergic reaction! Have a favorite version of Catwoman? Please share below! Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team.
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  22. I am a doll. And yet, I’ve always caused a bit of a stir, starting with my debut as a teenage fashion model in a swimsuit in 1959. My creation was met with skepticism and judgment. But I was designed by a woman and mother determined to give girls a way to play, to imagine and to dream—and it was those girls who understood me and made me an instant success. Over time, I’ve become an icon, and as with all icons, I’ve been pulled into the cultural conversation. My bathing suit now hangs beside a Presidential power suit, Pastry Chef hat, and Astronaut gear in a wardrobe reflecting the more than 150 careers I’ve pursued to illustrate for girls that they can achieve anything for which they aim. And yet, I am still seen as just a pretty face. It’s simpler to keep me in a box—and since I am a doll—chances are that’s where I’ll stay. Every year, Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit drums up conversation and controversy. Upon the launch of this year’s 50th anniversary issue, there will again be buzz and debate over the validity of the women in the magazine, questioning if posing in it is a blow to female equality and self-image. In 2014, does any woman in the issue seriously need permission to appear there? I, for one, am honored to join the legendary swimsuit models. The word “model,” like the word “Barbie®,” is often dismissed as a poseable plaything with nothing to say. And yet, those featured are women who have broken barriers, established empires, built brands, branched out into careers as varied as authors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. They are all great examples of confident and competent women. Today, truly anything is possible for a girl. Let us place no limitations on her dreams, and that includes being girly if she likes. It’s easy to say the culprit is the color pink or the existence of makeup. That’s easy, and predictable. Neither prevents girls from excelling in their own fashion. Let her grow up not judged by how she dresses, even if it’s in heels; not dismissed for how she looks, even if she’s pretty. Pink isn’t the problem. “Barbie® dolls” aren’t the problem. Models choosing to pose in a bikini aren’t the problem. The assumption that women of any age should only be part of who they are in order to succeed is the problem. So the Swimsuit issue is out, and there’s bound to be a conversation or two about the women in it. Ask yourself, isn’t it time we teach girls to celebrate who they are? Isn’t there room for capable and captivating? It’s time to stop boxing in potential. Be free to launch a career in a swimsuit, lead a company while gorgeous, or wear pink to an interview at MIT. The reality of today is that girls can go anywhere and be anything. They should celebrate who they are and never have to apologize for it.
  23. World-Renowned tokidoki® Designer Simone Legno Celebrates the Launch of tokidoki Barbie doll at the tokidoki Santa Monica Store on Saturday, October 8th Los Angeles, CA (October 6, 2011) — tokidoki®, iconic Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand, has partnered with fashion icon; Barbie for the first time to release ‘tokidoki® Barbie’ to the world along with a collection of tokidoki® Barbie™ apparel and accessories, set to hit stores this month. Wearing a hot pink mini skirt, leopard leggings, sparkly silvery stilettos and her fave signature tokidoki® tee, branded tote and perfect acrylic bangles, Barbie® strolls fashion-forward streets with Bastardino, the tokidoki cactus dog by her side. Retailing for a suggested retail price of $50.00, tokidoki ®Barbie® will hit stores on October 8th and can also be purchased at www.thebarbiecollection.com and www.tokidoki.it. The apparel and accessories collection includes tees, hoodies, totes, hats, jewelry and a limited edition skateboard deck ranging from approximately $30.00 - $250.00 and will be available in-stores and online as well. “I was happy to design something so very tokidoki® for the Mattel customer and still stay true to who we are, crossing that branded bridge.” states designer Legno.
  24. Dozens of news stories, coverage by three major television networks – the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention was the talk of New Orleans last week! Check out some of the top stories in this special installment of Hot Off the Barbie Press. Barbie Celebrated At New Orleans Convention CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, 8/9/13 “Wearing a purple, green and gold dress with a plunging neckline and full skirt festooned in colorful Carnival masks, Barbie has arrived in New Orleans…” The National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans [Video] “Wild Bill” Wood, WGNO (ABC), 8/10/13 “From around the world, fans of Barbie have arrived for their yearly National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention. There’s a Barbie sold every 3 seconds someplace in the world…” Barbie Convention Draws Collectors to New Orleans Saturday WWLTV (CBS New Orleans), 8/10/13 “More than 800 Barbie collectors and sellers are in New Orleans for their annual national convention, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event was opened to the public on Saturday…” Barbie celebrated Mardi Gras-style in N.O. WBRZ (ABC New Orleans), 8/8/13 “Barbie is being celebrated Mardi Gras-style at the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans…” 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention, New Orleans [Video] Doug McCash, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 8/12/13 “Pay a visit to the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans, which was [open to the public] on Saturday, Aug. 10…”
  25. To celebrate the final festive dolls in the Faraway Forest® Collection, we’re thrilled to share something wonderful with you! Barbie® Signature Project Copywriter Eleanor Oliver has been writing the packaging copy for these fantastic fantasy dolls, but she’s also written something more: a secret history of Faraway Forest®. It tells of an ancient prophecy, and a humble Elf Princess unexpectedly bidden to help fulfill it. We’ve shared excerpts from the tale of arduous journey in recent posts revisiting the dolls of the collection. Now, the full story can finally be told! Untitled “Fate goes where she must.” -Irish Proverb Far from her home in the Elf Village, the Elf Princess reaches her destination in the Fairy Kingdom. Menacing dark clouds loom overhead and cast a dark shadow over the entire land. Once a lively realm filled with delightful music, flickering lights, and flittering fairies, it has become home to sadness and despair. Gathering her velvet cloak tightly about her and covering her fiery-red hair with her hood, the princess continues towards the castle gate. As she approaches, she overhears a guard whisper to another, “She’s the one”. Once inside the castle’s majestic hall, she is taken aback by the sound of a slow mournful wailing. A rather nervous magistrate greets the princess and guides her through the castle. He explains the wailing is coming from the king. He is mourning a broken heart. The Queen of the Dark Forest used her magic to trap the king’s betrothed, the Maiden of the Meadows, deep within the Dark Forest. The Elf Princess shudders at the mere mention of the evil queen. Legends and lore had long foretold of this time in Faraway Forest. Condemned to live out her existence in the Dark Forest, the queen became jealous when the King of the Fairy Kingdom chose the Maiden of the Meadow to be his bride. In a fury, she tricked the maiden and cast the Fairy Kingdom into eternal darkness. Unless the maiden is returned, the spell will not be broken. To the surprise of many in the king’s court, he did not dispatch an army to rescue the Maiden. Nay, standing before them on this dark and blustery night was an elfin princess, dressed in the woodland garb of her people. She wore no armor, nor did she have a weapon for protection. The Elf Princess was just as taken aback by the king’s appearance. His garments were drab and his crown dull. If he had once been a strong leader, she could not tell now. Dismissing the concerns of his court, the Fairy King reminded them the Elf Princess and her people are immortal and possess keen skills that will aid her on this treacherous mission. Her magic will serve her when strength will not; for within her staff she carries the purest of light. Looking directly into her eyes, the forlorn king tells the princess, “With your powers, you can go where armies cannot. You are the only one for this journey.” Handing her a map of Faraway Forest, the king advises her to visit their allies throughout all the kingdoms, including a special appeal to the Lady of the White Woods. As the sister of the Queen of the Dark Forest, her powerful magic may be their last hope. With nothing more to be said, the Elf Princess leaves the fairy kingdom to begin her arduous journey. She travels west, to the realm of the Magical Lagoon. Perhaps the Water Sprite can read the oracle and direct her to the king’s treasure. As she winds her way through the enchanted Mystical Meadows, the Elf Princess is delighted to make the company of wood nymphs. The kind nymphs prepare a meal for her and keep watch over her while she sleeps. A fortnight and a day later, the Elf Princess arrives at the mystical Magical Lagoon. As she rests along the gleaming water’s edge and waits for the arrival of the Water Sprite, she is careful not to glimpse at her reflection in the water. Such an act would seem vain and could anger the Water Sprite. Before long the shimmering water stirs and the luminous Water Sprite emerges from a great whirlpool. The Elf Princess has never seen anyone more beautiful. The Water Sprite’s translucent blue skin sparkles in the sunlight. Long locks of cerulean blue hair cascades down her back. Her flowing gown undulates like gentle waves. She is both alluring and haunting at the same time. With her trident raised, the Elf Princess senses that the Water Sprite is poised to protect her kingdom. Nervously, the Elf Princess explains she has been sent for an oracle reading. Without uttering a word, the Water Sprite dips her trident into water and swirls it around. As images begin to appear, the princess gasps. She sees the location of the Maiden of the Meadows. More images swirl to the surface: a crystal cave and then pure white woods. The Water Sprite points to the mountains on the princess’s map where she’ll find the Crystal Caves. Before dipping back into the lagoon, the Water Sprites taps her trident to the Elf Princess’s staff. A bright blue light beams from the crystal. The Magical Lagoon fades into the distance as the Elf Princess begins the slow climb up a snow-covered mountain. The wind howls and the frosty air chills her face. The only speck of color on the mountainside is her loden-colored cloak. She arrives at the looming chasm that serves as the entrance to the Kingdom of the Crystal Caves. Gleaming glacial formations tower above her. Once inside, she finds the King of the Crystal Cave has been expecting her. Perched atop his crystal throne, he is the fitting image of a mighty ruler. From his broad, chiseled jaw to his daunting muscular build, it’s clear he too is ready and capable of defending his kingdom from enemy intruders. As he speaks to her, the Elf Princess finds herself mesmerized by his piercing, icy blue eyes. While he may look formidable in his armor, he is also kind and reassuring. To the delight of the princess, he even shares the meaning of the fierce wolf emblazoned on his breastplate. The king expresses his concern about the Queen of Dark Forest and her involvement with the missing Maiden of the Meadows. The unfilled prophecy will have a dire impact on all kingdoms in Faraway Forest. Since he cannot leave his kingdom lest they too fall prey to the Queen of the Dark Forest, he uses his sword to chisel a piece of crystal from his throne. “Carry this with you, and guard it carefully,” he warns the princess. “I trust you will know when to use it” he tells her. Nodding to the blue light glowing from the staff, he adds, “I see the Water Sprite has bestowed upon you the power of her realm. Collect a talisman from the Lady of the White Woods and you will have the force of Faraway Forest to serve you.” He appoints a wolf pack to guide her safely through the frosty tundra to the land that borders his kingdom. The king wishes the princess well and tells her, “You will find the castle of The Lady of the White Woods just beyond the winter-white forest. From there only she can guide you on the final portion of your journey.” It’s nightfall when the Elf Princess reaches a majestic birch forest. A stretch of bone-white trees shines brightly in the moonlight. The wolves bay at the moon before retreating back to the crystal kingdom. A family of hooting snow-white owls fly off in the direction of a clearing, startling the Elf Princess. She follows them, minding the white, winding path that suddenly opens to an enchanting alabaster palace illuminated by the moonlight. Delighted and happy to visit a beloved friend in her enchanted kingdom, the Elf Princess picks up her pace. The Lady of the White Woods descends a cascading ivory staircase. Her flowing, ruffled gown gives the illusion she is walking on air. Her crown and striking neck-piece are silvery branches and feathers gleaned from her kingdom. When she reaches the bottom step, the Elf Princess bows and greets the Lady: “Your majesty, I am the Elf Princess, daughter of the Elven people. I have traveled throughout the kingdoms at the request of the good Fairy King.” The Lady gestures with a nod and responds, “We have met before. I am glad to see that you are well.” Surrounded by a menagerie of sorts, the Lady of the Woods escorts the Elf Princess to her throne room where she listens intently as the princess reveals the plight of the Fairy Kingdom. The Lady of the White Woods shares that she is well-aware of her sister’s treacherous hand in the matter and agrees she must be stopped before all the kingdoms are cast into darkness. The Elf Princess had hoped the Lady of the White Woods would join her on the last leg of the journey, but alas, the queen explains that is impossible. When her sister chose to study the dark arts, their rivalry grew even more intense. When their father was on his deathbed, he split his kingdom into two: one light and one dark. He forbade either daughter to trespass on the other’s land in order to maintain peace and harmony for all in Faraway Forest. Violating his wish would cost each her magical powers. While the Queen of the Dark Forest dared not set foot in the White Woods, that did not stop her from luring Faraway Forest folk to her kingdom. Only a pure, powerful light could quell the spell of darkness, explained the Lady. Plucking a branch from her crown, she hands it to the Elf Princess and tells her, “You now possess talismans from each kingdom. Guard them, for they will protect you in the Dark Forest.” She then warns the Elf Princess: “You must quickly find the maiden and get out of the forest as fast as you can.” She explains that her sister’s magic is so strong it may weaken the spell of the talismans. The Lady offers her bravest to journey with the princess, but they are to go no further than where the White Woods meet the Dark Forest. The land between the White Woods and the Dark Forest is vast and desolate. It is absent of flora and fauna. An eerie, deafening silence pricks the princess’s keen ears. Donning her hood, she forges alone through a dense fog. In the distance gnarled tree limbs seem to reach out menacingly towards her. Summoning the courage and strength of her people, she taps her staff on the ground three times. A bright beam of light shines from the magic crystal. Anxiously, she continues along a jagged path. A heavy air engulfs her as she walks. Feeling confused, she wonders if she has been walking in circles. She cannot see the path ahead of her and every gnarled tree looks the same. Stumbling her way through the thicket, she hears a faint voice repeating, “I am here.” Uncertain if what she is hearing is real or a spell cast by the Queen of the Dark Forest, the princess points the tip of the staff in the direction of the sound. The crystal glows brighter and the staff pulls her deeper into the Dark Forest. A sentry of enchanted gnarled trees retreats as the Elf Princess is pulled towards them. As her eyes adjust, she sees realizes she is now in the center of a clearing and high above her is an iron cage holding the Maiden of the Meadows. The Queen of the Dark Forest emerges from a bowing row of thickets. They rise as she passes. “Mind that you do not look directly into her violet eyes,” the maiden shouts to the princess. “For if you do, you too will become her prisoner.” The Queen of the Dark Forest let out a long, piercing cackle. The Elf Princess stands frozen in her tracks, not from a spell, but from fear. The queen walks slowly towards the princess, pricking the ground with her scepter as she walks. Tiny black ravens appear with each prick and then squawk away into the darkness. The queen’s long black gown shimmers in the darkness. A horned crown crafted from onyx adds to her foreboding presence. “Silly elf,” hisses the queen. “You are a fool to enter my kingdom.” The Elf Princess stands steadfastly, still avoiding the queen’s eyes. Tapping her staff vigorously against the barren ground, a brilliant glow illuminates the gnarled trees. The queen cringes. “I carry the light from each realm in Faraway Forest,” declares the Elf. “Release the maiden and we will be gone.” With the wave of her scepter, the queen’s tree guards move in closer. “You do not possess enough power in that staff to stop me,” mocks the queen. Reaching into her boot, the princess collects the talismans she had gathered from the other kingdoms. Holding them tightly in her hand, she again hits her staff against the ground. The maiden’s cage rattles and shakes above them. The door swings open. Closing her eyes, the Elf Princess calls upon the wisdom and power of her elders. The talismans feel hot in her hand, but she clenches her fist tightly. A blue beam of light, the gift from the Water Sprite, swirls around the Queen. She is trapped in a whirlpool of light. The Maiden’s cage begins to lower. Just as the queen breaks free, the Elf Princess takes the ice crystal from the King of the Crystal Cave’s throne and throws it in the direction of the queen. A crystal ice wall encases the queen. The maiden jumps out of the cage and races to the Elf Princess. “We must hurry,” the princess implores the maiden. “These spells will only hold the queen for a short while.” “How will we escape darkness, once she is free?” asks the maiden. “We are still deep in the queen’s woods.” “You are the way,” the princess whispers to the maiden and hands her the silvery branch from the lady’s crown. Once the tiny branch is in the maiden’s hand, the gnarled trees are transformed into a beautiful evergreen forest. A luminous path directing the way out appears before them. As the pair run towards the sunlight, behind them the trees return to their twisted dark form. Safe from the Dark Forest, the Elf Princess is relieved to see the sun shining throughout Fairy Kingdom. As they get closer, they encounter fairies flitting from tree to tree, hanging festive streamers as they go. The Fairy King had received word that the pair were returning and declared a holiday for all. Merriment is restored and everyone helps prepare for the upcoming celebration. On the day of the long-awaited royal wedding, fairy folk line the path to get a glimpse of the beautiful Maiden of the Meadows. The maiden wears a flowing empire waist gown trimmed with gold accents and she carries a delicate bouquet of flowers from her meadow. Her veil cascades over her long red hair and flows behind her as she walks. The prince looks striking in his gold-trimmed tunic and elegant velvet pants. Reunited with his betrothed, the pair exchange their marriage vows. An enchantress magically transforms their wedding attire; the majestic matching outfits symbolize her gift of everlasting unity. This day was foretold long, long ago: light would conquer dark and true love would endure time and distance. As the celebration continues long into the night, the fairy prophecy has been fulfilled and all lands save one rejoice. Peace, light, and love reign once again in Faraway Forest.
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