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.

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!

Pidgin Doll Spring 2019 collection is unveiled!

The Pidgin dolls are created by the extremely talented and wonderful Joshua David McKenney, an artist, sculptor, doll-maker extraordinaire and fashion illustrator. He just released the Spring 2019 collection of Pidgin Doll and here they are in all their glory. (Availability according to the Pidgin website at time of posting). The dolls are 16, all one of a kind and are ball-jointed 1:4 scale, made in resin. You can find their exact measurements in their website. That’s where you can buy them as well. The ones left available of course!

 

Pidgin Doll "Hestia" - available 

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One-of-a-kind “powder pink” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset brown eyes

  • Baby pink synthetic mohair wig

  • Gold and pink “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet only

  • Silver “Power Flower” stiletto shoes

$1,200 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Elinda" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “light mocha” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset green eyes

  • Silver blond synthetic mohair wig

  • Peach tulle “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Nyx" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Obsidian” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset green eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink and gold “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + Flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,200 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Andromeda" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset heterochromatic eyes (one brown eye + one green eye)

  • Silver blond synthetic mohair wig

  • Peach tulle “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,200 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Blanche" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full Set includes:

  • Inset brown eyes

  • Pale lavender synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink brocade “Maxi” gown

  • Pearlized “snow crown”

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,100 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Bernadette" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset amber eyes

  • Double “stacked” red synthetic mohair wig.

  • Green brocade “Maxi” gown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,100 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Vivienne" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “cocoa” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset amber eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink brocade “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$1,100 USD + shipping.

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Pidgin Doll "Chloe" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full Set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes with brown flecks

  • Baby pink synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink brocade “Maxi” gown

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Colette" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “light mocha” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset green eyes

  • Blond synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink & gold “Bow Mini” dress

  • Baby pink faux fur jacket

  • White kitten heel shoes

$950USD + shipping (Full Set)

$710 USD + shipping (Doll + Faceup)

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Pidgin Doll "Samantha" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “milk white” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig with micro bangs

  • Pink & gold “Bow Mini” dress

  • Jewelry as shown

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White “Power Flower” stiletto shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Marianne" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “light mocha” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes with brown flecks

  • Long black synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink & gold “Bow Mini” dress

  • Black faux fur jacket

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Ginger" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Cocoa” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset green eyes

  • Handmade indigo blue saran wig

  • Pink & gold “Bow Mini” dress

  • Baby pink faux fur jacket

  • Baby pink stockings

  • Silver ballet flats

$970USD + shipping (Full Set)

$710 USD + shipping (Doll + Faceup)

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Pidgin Doll "Veronique" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Light Mocha” resin. Full Set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Holographic “Bubble” dress

  • Jewelry as shown (includes pierced ears)

  • White ankle socks

  • White kitten heel shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Amber" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Milk White” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset brown eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Pink and black circle glasses

  • Holographic “Bubble” dress

  • Baby pink faux fur jacket

  • Baby pink stockings

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White stiletto shoes

$950USD + shipping (Full Set)

$710 USD + shipping (Doll + Faceup)

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Pidgin Doll "Mixi" - sold

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Light Mocha” resin. Full set includes:

  • Inset blue eyes

  • Black synthetic mohair wig

  • Hot pink heart glasses

  • Holographic bubble” dress

  • Black faux fur coat

  • Black fishnet stockings

  • Black kitten heel shoes

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Pidgin Doll "Jasmine" - available 

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One-of-a-kind Pidgin Doll cast in “Light Mocha” resin. Full Set includes:

  • Inset brown eyes

  • “Wheat blonde” synthetic mohair wig

  • Holographic “Bubble” dress

  • Blue stockings

  • High heeled feet + flat feet included

  • White “Power Flower” stiletto shoes

$950USD + shipping (Full Set)

$710 USD + shipping (Doll + Faceup)

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All photography courtesy of Pidgin Doll and Joshua David McKenney 

The Iris Apfel Barbie dolls are coming!

Back in March of this year, Mattel made a Barbie doll to honour Iris Apfel, the fashion icon extraordinaire that has defined her own particular look of multicoloured chic for ages. That was an OOAK doll but it was announced that a series of dolls would follow. And here they are, making their fist appearance at HSN online store, as part of her Rara Avis (rare bird) Collection. They look very Iris, even though the original OOAK had a better outfit. Each costs $30,00 and I’ll try to get them when they appear in shops selling outside the US. Below are the first photos and descriptions of the two dolls as they appear on HSN. 

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Barbie® Dolls Iris Apfel Jacquard Look Doll

Chic. Inspirational. Original. Iconic! This must-have Barbie® doll captures the style and spirit of design legend Iris Apfel in all her glory. From her signature specs to her sophisticated suit, she's sure to become a favorite collectable for Barbie®lovers of all ages.

What You Get

  • Barbie® Doll - Includes glasses, medallion necklace, chain necklace, 2 cuffs, 4 bangles and loafers
  • Doll stand
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Contains small parts
  • For ages 6 and up

Doll measures: Approx. 11"L

Country of Origin: Indonesia

Features

Styled by Iris Apfel

  • Celebrate the vitality, wit and unwavering fashion sense of a true original
  • One of the most dynamic personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles and interior design, Iris Apfel is a genuine fashion icon
  • With looks from the designer's Rara Avis collection
  • Doll wears a floral-patterned brocade suit with striped blouse, plus a bright lip
  • Chic accessories include Iris' signature oversized black glasses and layered necklaces and bracelets
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Barbie® Dolls Iris Apfel Faux Fur Doll

Chic. Inspirational. Original. Iconic! This must-have Barbie® doll captures the style and spirit of design legend Iris Apfel in all her glory. From her signature specs to her faux fur vest and statement-making pants, she's sure to become a favorite collectable for Barbie® lovers of all ages.

What You Get

  • Barbie® Doll - Includes glasses, medallion necklace, chain necklace, 2 cuffs, 4 bangles and loafers
  • Doll stand
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Contains small parts
  • For ages 6 and up

Doll measures: Approx. 11"L

Country of Origin: Indonesia

Features

Styled by Iris Apfel

  • Celebrate the vitality, wit and unwavering fashion sense of a true original
  • One of the most dynamic personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles and interior design, Iris Apfel is a genuine fashion icon
  • With looks from the designer's Rara Avis collection
  • Doll wears a multi-hued faux fur vest over a black turtleneck and fringed bell bottoms, plus a bright lip
  • Chic accessories include Iris' signature oversized black glasses, a multi-strand "pearl" necklace and bracelet cuff
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Above is the OOAK Iris Apfel doll pictured with another OOAK Barbie wearing Gucci and styled like Iris. 

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Above is Iris and her doll miniature at her Accidental Icon book presentation back in spring 2018.  Book and OOAK doll shown below.

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Rodarte designs for Barbie - but it’s not for sale

Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy are the latest designers working with @BarbieStyle to create OOAK designs, inspired from their Spring 2018 collection. W magazine reported:

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"We were very excited as we have always loved Barbie," said Kate Mulleavy. Added Laura, "We always loved all of her accessories, especially her shoes. We played with the dolls [growing up] and made fashion collections for them all the time! We even created runway shows with our Barbie dolls."

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Rodarte used four designs from their spring 2018 collection that was shown in Paris in June 2017. Then they worked with the Mattel team to choose looks and fabrications that would translate in doll scale. The dolls modeling the outfits use different body types and skin colors.

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The designs, debuted Wednesday on @BarbieStyle's Instagram account. I love the attention to detail, even down to the miniature baby-breaths as used in the real runway. The dolls are one-of-a-kind and not available for purchase. Would you like to see them produced?

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All doll photos by Mattel. Runway photos from Vogue Runway, Kim WestonArnold / Indigital.tv 

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