Six young fashion designers dress Barbie for her 60th anniversary- British Vogue in collaboration with Mattel

Celebrating  Barbie’s 60th anniversary, British Vogue invited six leading young designers to dress the icon in their signature style. Here are the photographs of the designers and their models, read the full story here.

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Matty Bovan

A wealth of artisanal techniques have been incorporated into the costume for his intricately constructed Barbie: hand-padded and sewn into her dress with golden Japanese yarn, she is the miniature embodiment of his magpie eclecticism. “It’s kind of like Barbie couture,” Bovan reflects. “I wanted her to have the same energy that my runway clothes have... She’s epic.”

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Mowalola

Her Barbie is dressed in a miniature evolution of Mowalola’s spring/summer 2020 collection, with backcombed hair by Virginie P Moreira and make-up created by Daniel Sallstrom (using a miniature paintbrush), “she is a Mowalola superhero,” Ogunlesi grins. “She’s strong and captivating and ready to have a really good time. I want to be wherever she’s going.”

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Richard Malone

“Barbie is a businesswoman – and a lot of the women I work with are too, but they don’t dress like men in suits; fashion is a part of their identity. I wanted to show that Barbie could wear a runway look but still live her everyday life and remain the boss that she truly is.”

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Art School

Eden Loweth & Tom Barratt’s “non-binary Barbie” offers a perfect example of their take on figure-skimming glamour. “Art School is about making clothes that are really tolerant, that will stand with someone throughout their life, and as they evolve as in their own identity.”

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Charles Jeffrey Loverboy

His Barbie (“Let’s call her ‘Wee Hen’,” he decrees in a Glaswegian drawl) exemplifies that spirit: dressed in a replica of the closing look from his spring/summer 2018 collection, which drew upon the history of cross-dressing through the ages, she is, in his words, “wearing the most fabulous piece ever.” “It took a whole week – but just looks like the actual dress!” he exclaims. “I’m really proud of her.”

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Supriya Lele

Growing up besotted by Barbie (“I was an only child, so I had about 40”), Lele’s first venture into design was creating custom wardrobes for her – now things have come full circle, as she precisely scaled the measurements of one of her autumn/winter 2019 looks to suit Barbie’s size. In fact, so perfectly is her neon outfit reconfigured that even the pockets are fully operational. “I felt like a child again,” she grins. “But now I have an incredible pattern-cutter to help.”

Photography Credits:
Photographer: Stas Komarovski. Stylist: Poppy Kain. Art Direction: Dom Kelly. Hair: Yumi Nakada-Dingle. Make-Up: Thomasin Waite. Nails: Lauren Michelle Pires. Set Design:Andrew Clarkson. Production: Verity Cousins.

Photos and text courtesy of British Vogue and Mattel.

David Bowie’s Space Oddity was released 50 years ago today and there is a Barbie inspired by him.

The seminal David Bowie song “Space Oddity”, was released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969. The opening track of his namesake 2nd studio album, it became one of his signature songs. And curiously enough, Mattel has released a Barbie inspired by the amazing artist.

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The doll will be produced in a limited edition, as she is a Gold Label™️ doll. She’s dressed in one of his iconic Ziggy Stardust outfits, the metallic “space” suit with red and blue stripes, winged shoulders and red platform boots, as pictured in this legendary photo by Masayoshi Sukita from 1973. The suit was designed by his then costume designer Freddie Burretti (21 years old then and David’s boyfriend too!) alongside Kansai Yamamoto. The boots were designed and made by Kansai Yamamoto, bought by David and Angie from Boston 151, the shop in London’s Fulham Road that represented the designer in the UK. The boots would be worn again by Bowie, this time with jeans, in his nineties homecoming tour.

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The make up was by Pierre LaRoche, Bowie’s personal make-up artist. He designed the sunburst circle on the singer’s forehead (and later the lightning bolt). Which brings us to what I think is a missed opportunity here: I would have preferred for the Bowie tribute doll to be more androgynous, as befits the great artist, and also have the lightning bolt make up, plus more spiky hair. The doll looks nice and I will probably get her, but she’s too slick and proper for a representation of the artist in that era. Just see what it might have been in this OOAK doll made by talented Russian duo AFD Group Dolls.

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Here is the information from Mattel:

Barbie® David Bowie Doll

Ages: Adult Collector

$50.00

PRODUCT FEATURES:

Introducing Barbie® as David Bowie. In a definitive celebration of two pop culture icons, Barbie® honors the ultimate pop chameleon, English singer, songwriter and actor, David Bowie, whose dramatic musical transformations continue to influence and inspire. With a career spanning over five decades, David Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, and icon. He was, and remains to be, a unique presence in contemporary culture. Dressed as Bowie’s fantastic sci-fi alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, in the iconic metallic ‘space suit,’ this collectible Barbie® doll honors the cultural legacy of the musical genius who redefined rock and roll. Subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary. 

  • Label: Gold Label®

  • Designer: Linda Kyaw

  • Release Date: 7/11/2019

  • Included with doll: Blouse, pant, boots, doll stand

  • Customization: Painted fingernails, painted art on forehead

  • Eyelashes: Painted

  • Fashion: Metallic suit and platform boots

  • Fashion Sewn On?: No

  • Body Type: Articulated-Original

  • Doll Stand: Yes

  • Facial sculpt: Star

  • Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 13" x 3" x 8"

  • SKU #: FXD84

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The final RuPaul doll of the new series, Red Realness, is now available from Integrity Toys

Integrity Toys, in collaboration with RuPaul Charles himself, just released the third and final doll in the recent series, Red Realness. in this incarnation, RuPaul is serving you her classic two "mint" lunch - the lunch with the contestants near the end of each season where they are served tic tacs for lunch. This doll is more limited than the first one in the series, so make sure that you get one before Red Realness sashays away.

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Item # 14103

Red Realness

The RUPAUL Doll™

Approx. Ship Date: In-Stock, should start shipping after IFDC, on July 1st, 2019.

Price: $145.00 + Shipping

Edition Size: 750

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Head Sculpt: RuPaul

Body Type: New Special Body Type

Foot Type: High-heeled (Compatible with FR Shoes)

Skin Tone: Light Honey

Hair Color: Golden Blond

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Includes:

12.5-inch/1:6 scale, fully articulated, vinyl collectible doll, rooted hair and delicately hand-applied eyelashes;

Elaborate red hot micro-sequined stage gown designed by Jason Wu;

Killer red and chrome laced-up heels;

Faux-ruby covered oversized hoop earrings;

Faux-silver cuff bracelets with faux-ruby accents;

Miniature plate with faux-silver plate cover and two miniature "mint" lunch;

Pair of hands with long manicured nails;

Alternate pair of grip hands;

Doll stand;

Certificate of authenticity.

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While the first series of Ru Paul dolls were quite varied in style and looks, this one is just Ru Paul triplets that only change colours between them. All three have similar hairstyles and make up, sequined long gowns that look alike and similar jewellery. The only major difference each time is the accessories, with the best having been the opera glasses of the first one. So it is a no thanks from me. Plus, I have a problem with the tic tac concept of the Ru Paul lunches, that kind of promotes an unhealthy diet metaphorically. I’m sorry to see the line end so quickly but not sorry if it has to be one lookalike doll after another.

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As always, the doll pictured is a prototype. Final colors and textures may vary slightly in final production. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Offer Type: First-come, first-served.

Sale Start (general public): Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at approximately Noon Eastern time (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST).

Price: $145.00 USD + shipping and handling.

Shipping Timing: This doll should begin shipping the week of July 1st, 2019 (after IFDC).

Availability: Everyone (W Club members and non-members alike).

Order Limit: None

Here is the link to order the doll.

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**All text and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2019 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. The RuPaul likeness and logo are designated trademarks of RuCo, Inc. ©2019 All rights reserved. Used with permission. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved. Doll Photography by Jayme Thornton. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

London Fashion Doll Festival 2019 - day II: the salesroom

The second day of the London Fashion Doll Festival was dedicated to sales. Sellers had booked tables in advance and were in the Summerly Room early Sunday morning to prepare for the day. When I arrived, a little bit after ten, the place was buzzing with excitement. As it was a day open to the public (with tickets), the room was full of people walking among the tables, checking out the dolls and stuff on offer and making their purchases.

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The raffle sale was also on for the draw at the end of the day, benefiting the Children With Cancer UK charity. I got myself an iced coffee and mingled in with the crowd, talking to old and new friends, checking out the lovely dolls on sale and enjoying the atmosphere.

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Navdeep Sikand was there with Mark and of course, Anouk, La Poupée Mannequin! You can see some of his dolls on sale below, they are gorgeous.

Probably the smallest fashion dolls on sale in LFDF 2019 were the Irena Barto dolls. Her latest collection of 9” resin dolls, The First Spring, were on display along with some more of her work.

I was so happy to finally meet the talented Julian Stanislaw Kalinowski in real life and see his amazing ladies up close!

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I spotted a Twiggy doll from the 60s!

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Another creator with exquisite resin dolls on sale was the talented Alessandra Nicolin from Italy. Her dolls are so beautiful!

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The day ended with the raffle of the donated dolls and outfits to benefit the Children With Cancer UK charity - resulting in many happy people going away with awesome wins and the charity receiving £3.420 total along with the OOAK auction on ebay.

We had the chance to find out the theme of next year’s festival, and see the trailer above - it’s Royals! See you in London Fashion Doll Festival 2020!

Love is Love! The first gay male fashion doll wedding gift set, from Integrity Toys!

A few days ago, Integrity Toys posted on their social media a hint about a very special debut that was going to take place on the 15th of May. People started talking about it on groups and forums because it is a bit rate to unveil something in public without first revealing it in the W Club, whose members have the privilege of getting such information first. Then those posts disappeared, but soon afterwards an email arrived with the details of this special debut. Integrity Toys is releasing a two-doll gift set that has been near and dear to the hearts of everyone on the Integrity Toys team: the Love is Love Cabot Clark and Milo Montez Wedding Gift Set.

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Integrity Toys has always been about diversity and, let’s not kid ourselves, many of their core clientele are LGTB+. Now they have broken another barrier in the fashion doll world by releasing the first-ever gay male couple fashion doll gift set, Love is Love, just in time for the upcoming LGBT Pride Month. The Love is Love gift set features two 12.5 inch male dolls, each wearing different tuxedos, complete with wedding bands and a miniature invitation, as they celebrate their love and marriage.

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Item # 88008

Love is Love

Cabot Clark and Milo Montez Wedding Gift Set

The Industry Collection

Ship Date: Upon payment

Special Members-Only Pricing: $189.00 + Shipping and Handling

General Public Pricing: $199.00 + Shipping and Handling

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Edition Size: 1400

Head Sculpt: Cabot and Milo

Body Type: Homme 1.5

Skin Tone: FR White (Cabot) Hungarian (Milo)

Hair Color: Blond (Cabot) and Brunette (Milo)

Eyelashes: No

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

Two 12.5" fully articulated fashion figures with rooted and flocked hair;

For his special day, Cabot wears a brocade tuxedo, coordinated with a hot-pink pintuck shirt, complete with black bow tie, cummerbund and patent "leather" loafers;

Milo comes dressed in a traditional black tuxedo, a white shirt, a matching black bow tie and patent "leather" oxfords;

Pair of wedding bands;

Eyeglasses, faux-leather wrist watch and cell phone for Cabot;

Wristwatch and cell phone for Milo;

Miniature wedding invitation;

Miniature wedding certificate;

Alternate pair of hands for Cabot;

Alternate pair of hands for Milo;

Two individual stands;

Certificate of authenticity.

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They are adorable! Fantastic! Gorgeous! What a great idea and a lovely gift set. Celebrating love for everyone! I so hope to see two lovely ladies as the next couple please! The brocade suit does remind me of the BTS guys a bit, but it is something that has been around for a few years, from Versace to D&G and many more brands. I would have put a lime green shirt on Cabot but I can live with the hot pink one. I hope to be able to secure a set!

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Offer Type: First-come, first-served.

Live Date: Sale links (public and W Club) will go live at 9:00 AM Eastern sharp on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019.

Pricing: $189.00 + S&H (W Club Members only) / $199.00 + S&H (General Public).

Total Edition Size: 1400 Gift Sets.

Shipping Timing: In-stock, will ship shortly after you have paid.

Availability: Members and non-members alike.

Purchase Limit: One per membership at the discounted price; no limit at the general public price.

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THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO PURCHASE LOVE IS LOVE STARTING MAY 15th, 2019 at 9:00 AM EASTERN TIME.

While the Love is Love Wedding Gift Set will retail at $199.00 + shipping for the general public, a portion of the entire edition size has been reserved for W Club members and will be offered first-come, first-served at the special members-only price of $189.00 + shipping and handling.

While members and non-members alike will be able to purchase the gift set on a first-come, first-served basis (until that portion of the edition size sells out) using the link published on Integritytoys.com and social media starting tomorrow, May 15th at 9:00 AM eastern time, W Club members will have to use the special hidden link they received by email in order to obtain the discounted members-only pricing at the appointed time. A limit of one gift set per membership at the discounted price will be allowed only (you may purchase unlimited quantities at the regular price, while quantities remain).

**IMPORTANT**

Only a portion of the total edition size will be available for W Club members at the discounted price; once this sells out, you will have to use the public link posted on social media and Integritytoys.com to purchase the set at full price (if it is not sold out as well). THE W CLUB LIAISONS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD ANY GIFT SETS FOR ANYONE. THIS ITEM IS STRICTLY OFFERED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS ONLY.

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REMEMBER

The link button will not work until 5/15 at 9 AM ET, the gift set is in-stock and will ship shortly after you pay.

Only one (1) gift set per membership allowed at the special reduced members-only pricing.

If you use the first-come, first-served link that is on social media to pre-order, please note that you will not get the members-only discount.

NO RESERVATIONS OR WAIT LIST.

As always, items are not considered yours until you have checked out successfully AND Integrity has the confirmation from Paypal that the transaction was successful. Should stock sell out while you are shopping, it will automatically disappear from your cart.

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Final fabrics, colors and textures may vary slightly. For adult collectors ages 14 and up only. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2019 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. THE INDUSTRY and all other character marks followed by ™ or ® are trademarks of Integrity Toys, Inc. Chesapeake City MD USA 21915. All rights reserved. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved. Doll Photography by Alain Tremblay. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing