BARBIE EVOLUTION: Barbie and Ken Forever

They are the world’s most lovable pair! Unbreakable, unparalleled, the true meaning of ‘forever’ & “infinity’. Let’s take a quick look into Barbie and Ken’s evolution, from decade to decade, to infinity & beyond.

1960’s Barbie & Ken

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1961 Barbie & Ken
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Photographer:  Paul Jordan Stylist:  Mary Jordan, Zlatan Zukanovic

1970’s Malibu Barbie & Ken
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1972 Barbie & Ken

Photographer:  Paul Jordan Stylist:  Mary Jordan, Zlatan Zukanovic

1978 Superstar Barbie & Ken

Photographer:  Paul Jordan Stylist:  Mary Jordan

1979 Malibu Barbie & Ken

Photographer:  Paul Jordan Stylist:  Mary Jordan

1980 Roller Skating Barbie & Ken
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1983 Dream Date Barbie & Ken
Photographer:  Paul Jordan Stylist:  Mary Jordan, Zlatan Zukanovic

1984 Day to Night Barbie & Ken
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1992 Totally Hair Barbie & Ken
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2010 She Said Yes! Barbie & Ken

2011 Barbie & Ken
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2015 Barbie & Ken
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All images from http://www.barbiemedia.com

 

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COLLECTOR NEWS: Superstar Forever: Dream Date™ Barbie®

From TheBarbieCollection.com

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Dream Date™ Barbie® Doll marks the renaissance of Superstar Barbie’s most iconic looks!

Dream Date Barbie had the “wow” factor when she first appeared in the early 1980s, thanks to her winsome smile and the unique design of her extravagant gown. Now, she’s making our dreams come true all over again as the first doll from the Superstar Forever™ Collection!

In the great tradition of Barbie doll’s amazing legacy, the new Superstar Forever Collection does exactly what the title promises — invites collectors to celebrate one of Barbie doll’s most successful fashion runs. Released in 1977, Superstar Barbie was an instant sensation and a wonderful muse for inventive style trends. Her fresh-faced, sunny glow is still the perfect complement for bold, cutting-edge fashion statements.

Stylishly reinterpreted by talented designer Robert Best, the elegant new Dream Date Barbie uses the sleek Model Muse body sculpt. The vibrant beauty captures everything we love about the 1980s: brilliant color, high voltage glamour and lots of fabulous hair! Barbie wears her voluminous platinum locks swept off her forehead, cascading around her lovely face. Striking ebony eyeliner defines her aqua blue eyes, and a delicate shade of petal pink adds color to her lips.

Classic couture never goes out of style, and Dream Date Barbie doll’s signature gown remains a thrilling mix of both sophistication and fun. The fuchsia party dress, lined in purple satin piping, has a sequined lavender bodice, cinched at the waist with a sumptuous bow accent. Fuchsia peep-toe pumps, and sparkling silver jewelry lend just the right touch of magic to one of Superstar Barbie doll’s most beloved ensembles!

Thanks to the Superstar Forever Collection, Dream Date Barbie is back and ready to enchant us once again as we embark upon an exciting retro-chic fantasy!

 

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DOLLIGHTFULLY DEE!: Rainy Day Blues

“Rain, rain – go away, Come again another day. Sister wants to play.Rain, rain – go away”

Our resident stylist, Dee Vee Tee, brings us the nonchalant & melancholic feeling of rainy days.

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BARBIETRIVIA: Guardians of the Dollaxy

If numbers are proof of the iconic doll’s decline because monsters, fairy tale habitues, and a lollipop-looking girl doll are gaining power and popularity in the doll world. Who can save the reign of the beloved 56 year old doll?

Four Super Hero Designers from Mattel, with their flair for fantasy and forward-thinking, are saving the Doll Queen’s integrity, virtues, and prominence.

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Robert Best is the leader of the pack. He has worked for Mattel for 19 years. Before his Barbie stint, Best worked for designers Isaac Mizrahi, Anne Klein, and Donna Karan. Thinking that not everyday one is offered the opportunity to design for the most famous doll in the world, Best moved from New York to Los Angeles and became a designer for the iconic doll. His name is associated with the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, a line he created which celebrates Barbie as the ultimate 60’s fashion model with perfectly sewn clothes and detailed accessories. It is considered the gold standard in the Barbie Collector line. His other notable works include Bewitched Barbie, I Dream of Jeannie Barbie, and celebrity dolls like James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Barbara Streisand, and The Audrey Hepburn series.

Robert is also well-known for his stunning fashion sketches for Barbie. The sketches can be seen with the actual doll in the Barbie Collector Catalog and were published in the book 10 Years: Barbie Fashion Model Collection book.

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From left to right:Boucle Beauty, Blush Beauty, Fabulously Floral, Lavender Luxe and Little Red Dress.

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An original Robert Best fashion illustration for Barbie (Google Images)

Linda Kyaw

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Linda Kyaw has been involved with the Dolls of the World series for 10 years now. Her early experience with Mattel was in the face sculpt and design department, until she led the development of, the more than 20 years line, the Dolls of the World Barbie. For the past six years, Kyaw has been a Barbie Collector designer. She designed the first Ken of the World doll, The Pillow Talk gift set, Birthday Wishes Barbie, and the Venetian Muse Barbie.

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The Venetian Muse Barbie (Google Images)

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Linda Kyaw’s early interpretation/vision for The Venetian Muse Barbie. (Google Images)

Bill Greening

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Bill Greening first designed for the Pin Box Barbie line or the play lines. He is a Barbie collector himself. He started collecting Barbie dolls in 1987 and was more drawn to the illustrations on vintage boxes as the doll themselves. His Barbie passion led him to pursue fashion design at California State University. Today, Greening designs for the Barbie Collector dolls, where he has designed, the much coveted, Barbie Basics dolls, Barbie Look series, Dynasty Dolls, Ladies of the 80’s collecction, and the Goddess of the Galaxy Barbie.

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​A Bill Greening rendering of the Holiday Hostess New Year doll (Photo from Google Images)

Carlyle Nuera

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Carlyle Nuera has been in Mattel since 2010 and has designed the fun and cool Barbie Fashionistas line as well as design contributions to the So In Style line. He also created the one of a kind Adam Lambert doll and Haute Hiver Barbie. Nuera’s popularity grew when he introduced the Mutya Barbie to the world. The doll was inspired by his Filipino culture and his mother, Ruby, who was Miss Tacloban in 1976.
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Nuera’s original sketch of  Mutya Barbie & the doll itself. (Google Images)

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The Barbie Style: Glam Vacation line designed by Carlyle Nuera. (Google Images)

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COLLECTOR NEWS: Homecoming Queen™ Barbie® Doll

From BarbieCollector.com

Homecoming Queen™ Barbie® Doll Is a Willows, WI™ BFC™ Surprise!

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For those who knew Barbie® in high school, the signs of her future successes were there from the beginning. In her senior year at Willows High, Barbie was voted Homecoming Queen by her classmates!

To commemorate this very special occasion, we’ve created this lovingly detailed, vintage-inspired tribute – Homecoming Queen Barbie® Doll, the second doll in the Willows, WI Collection.

Created exclusively for the members of the Barbie Fan Club, the opportunity to buy Homecoming Queen Barbie® Doll begins Wednesday, July 8 at 9:00am PT, only in the online shop.* No more than 5,500 of these dolls will be available for purchase. (Not a member? Join now!**)

For this once-in-a-lifetime high school dance, Barbie® doll wears a strapless, aqua blue tulle and taffeta gown with peep toe aqua mules. The “Vote Barbie®” poster and homecoming tickets add a whimsical nostalgic touch. She wears her tiara proudly, and even if you see the sparkle of a tear in her eye, her makeup will still be impeccable.

Be logged into your BFC account at 9:00am PT on Wednesday 7/8, then click into the shop for your exclusive opportunity to bring home this prize-winning doll! And if you still have your $20 shop reward, don’t forget to use it!***

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COLLECTOR NEWS: The Wizard of Oz Fantasy Glamour Glinda

From BarbieCollector.com:

THE WIZARD OF OZ Fantasy Glamour GLINDA Doll Is a Vision to Behold!

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She’s sweet and gentle, yet she’s powerful and wise beyond your expectations. She’s THE WIZARD OF OZ Fantasy Glamour GLINDADoll, and she’s back in The Barbie Collection with a fabulous new gown, inspired by her original screen costume!

Without Glinda, Dorothy would have been utterly lost in Oz. The Good Witch of the North sets Dorothy out on her journey to see the Wizard, rescues her from the deadly poppy fields along the way, and finally returns to help Dorothy realize the true power she possesses. It’s no wonder Glinda has been a fan-favorite character for nearly 80 years!

Available now for pre-sale (she’s expected to fly to collectors’ homes in August), Fantasy Glamour Glinda is the third doll in this popular new Wizard of Oz series (after 2013’s Fantasy Glamour DOROTHY Doll and 2014’s Fantasy Glamour Wicked Witch of the West Doll). In this series, the iconic costumes you know and love from the films have been given a haute couture upgrade by the fabulous Linda Kyaw.

Glinda already had a beautiful gown, so Linda took it over the top with stacked layers of pink, peach and tan tulle, embellished with sparkling crystals and silvery butterflies. More butterflies sparkle on her intricately designed wand, and her fantastic crown rests atop a gorgeous flowing mane of light auburn tresses. The floor-length gown hides a pair of shimmering stilettos, perfectly matched to this chic interpretation of her classic look.

 

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COLLECTOR NEWS: Barbie Wonder Woman 2016

Mattel has just announced it’s new Wonder Woman Barbie doll based on the upcoming ‘Batman VS. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ movie to be released in 2016. Gal Gadot will play the role of the iconic heroine . The prototype doll will be shown at San Diego Comic Con 2015 and fans will also have a chance to have a sneak peek of the Superman and the Batman dolls as well. The doll looks pretty awesome. Bad-ass costume? Check. Articulated body? Check.  We can’t definitely wait!

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