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Barbie®, invented by Ruth Handler of Mattel, made a lasting impact upon the world as we know it.
What little girl in America didn't grow up with Barbie.
How many countries around the world have had their own version of Barbie? Europe, Asia and the list is endless.
This is the wonder of Barbie - she transcends all continents. All girls - little girls and little girls at heart such as myself love Barbie. It brings back fond memories for little girls at heart. For little girls, Barbie allows girls to dream - to be all that they want to be!
Dream "Be All That You Can Be"
Ruth Handler's dream of you can be anything you want to be inspired millions of girls around the globe. The fashions of Barbie were never initiated by Barbie, they were a reflection of the culture. From the United States to Asia to India, the outfits, the clothing, the apparel is simply fashion fun.
Journey with me as we explore of the designers that Barbie brought to life in miniature fashion from Donna Karan to Nicole Miller to Bob Mackie and the list goes on....Journey with me as we explore the global icon and the designers who supported our love affair with Barbie®.
5 Fashion Designer’s Influence Upon Barbie Doll Fashion:
DKNY – Donna Karan of New York
DKNY-the trademark of Donna Karan of New York, her doll was launched as a Bloomingdale’s exclusive
Bob Mackie – Great American Fashion Designer
Bob Mackie – Mackie Designer Gold Barbie®, the only Barbie® doll to be launched with a display case in 1990, #5405, (Hanlon, p. 50); Mackie was the designer for Carol Burnett and Cher
Oscar de la Renta – Great French Fashion Designer
Oscar de la Renta – 1985, first US fashion designer to design Barbie’s warbdrob.
BillyBoy – firrst designer created Feelin’ Groovy
Nouveau Theater de la Mode
Nouveau Theater de la Mode –
Carol Spencer – began working for Mattel on April 29, 1963 (Hanlon, p. 45). Was best known for her “fun styles” including the miniskirt an a transparent coat.
Charlotte Johnson – who designed Barbie’s fashions from 1957-1980, her initials appeared on the boxes (Hanlon, p. 86), whose initials appears on the boxes in 1975 packages of Barbie Fashion Originals (Hanlon p.86). Many of Johnson’s fashions were inspired by the famous American cataloge from Sears and Roebuck. It was Charlotte’s face that Barbie is fashioned after. Charlotte was also the one who determined how Barbie’s hands should be positioned, she showed the sculptor how to position Barbie’s hands.
Nicole Miller – City Shopper Barbie® was modeled after designer Nicole Miller herself –hairstyle and color were said to be identical to Nicole Miller. City Shopper Barbie was an exclusive of Macy’s.
Mary Quant “created the miniskirt in 1965, effecting a new style of dress..”p. 47
Barbie Outstanding Outfits & Other Exclusives
The Royal Splendor Barbie® includes 62,000 embroidered stitches.
Angle Lights Barbie® could be used as a Christmas treetop and as a centerpiece.
Other Fashion Worthy Notes:
A Castillo gown which appears on the cover of the Vogue Magazine in 1949 resembles the Enchanted Evening Barbie Doll.
1979 Life magazine “reflected upon twenty years of American fashion. The magazine regard Barbie® doll as the perfect fashion model to display these styles as she always wore those that were currently popular.”
First fashion designer Barbie doll wardrobe - On February 12, 1985, a special black tie event held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York. The event featured life-sized versions of designer Oscar de la Renta’s creations modeled by Miss America Suzette Charles, actress Rebecca Holden, Genie Francis, and Cathy Lee Crosby>
“How many Barbie® doll fashions sell each year? An estimated 20 million pieces of clothing - making Mattel the world’s largest clothing manufacturer.” P. 88
Approximately how many outfits were produced from 1959-1988? More than 6,000. P 88
Ruth Handler Quotes About Barbie®
I did not think this doll could ever be this huge.
I thought the Barbie doll would always be successful.
It took us three years to even come close to catching up with the demand a little bit.
It's the degree of success and the length of time that is amazing.
Television speeded everything up.
They were using the dolls to project their dreams of their own futures as adult women.
Through their play Barbara imagined their lives as adults. They used the dolls to reflect the adult world around them. They would sit and carry on conversations, making the dolls real people.
We didn't know how to run a business, but we had dreams and talent.
Summary Barbie® Doll Fashion
Ruth Handler like all famous inventors were told no. The toy manufacturers "knew Barbie would not sell". Everyone turned their back on Ruth Handler's dream - everyone except the little girls of the world.
Barbie is a mirror reflection of our love with fashion. Barbie is more than a collectible, Barbie is more than a doll, Barbie is representative of all of our dreams. What we wear portrays who we believe we are. Wearing a kimono doesn't make us Japanese, wearing a flight attendant uniform doesn't make us a flight attendant any more than wearing a doctor's jacket makes us a M.D., wearing and dreaming are the first steps to becoming.
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