March 21, 2012

Barbie Dressed By Famous Designers

It seems only fair that Barbie, the most stylish doll in the world, would have a closet full of designer clothes.

Starting with the gold lamé dress created for her in 1990 by Bob Mackie, the famous doll has added over the years a variety of outfits to her wardrobe, with labels reading some of the world’s most famous designer names.

Barbie’s clothes are manufactured in minute detail, becoming collector’s editions. For about $100, any fashionista can buy such a doll to relive her childhood.

Designers like Christian Dior (1997), Oscar de la Renta (1998), Armani (2003) or Badgley Mischka (2006) have created for Barbie elegant eveningwear with lace and chiffon detailing, silk drapings and crystal appliqués. And since Barbie is always stylish, be it day or night, you will also find in her closet a couple of urban outfits, such as the Burberry trench coat (2001), velour tracksuits signed Juicy Couture (2004) or the short blue dress created by Cynthia Rowley (2005).

Moreover, Barbie is ready for when Ken will decide to propose, as famous designers like Vera Wang (1998), Carolina Herrera (2005), Monique Lhuillier (2006) and Reem Acra (2007) have imagined for her a series of extremely romantic wedding dresses.

Starting this June, Who’s Next Prêt-à-Porter Gallery in Paris is holding an exhibition showcasing Barbie’s closet through the eyes of fashion editors and bloggers. Amongst the ones chosen to create stylish outfits for the famous doll are Babeth Dijan (Numéro), Delphine Perroy (Madame Figaro) and Guillaume Crouzet (L’Express Style). Moreover, Sundays 11 to 15 March and 15 to 29 April, young girls aged 5 to 13 are invited to the Arts Décoratifs Salon to take part free of charge in the „Creative Lessons”workshop. Here, with the help of the „Barbie – Fashion Designer” kit, they will be encouraged to create and customize outfits for their favorite doll, while learning about the history of fashion.

Discover Barbie’s couture outfits in the pictures below:

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