Friday, January 16, 2009

Designing For Barbie

I've been invited to accessorize Barbie and her little black dress for an exhibition during Fashion Week (and beyond) in Paris starting at the end of this month.

Many fashion designers have made garments for Barbie in the past, however this year in honor of Barbie's 50th birthday celebration, 50 designers have been asked to create accessories for her and her little black dress. I am truly honored to have been invited to participate!

The Barbies from all the various designers will move into their temporary "castle" in Prêt-á-Porter Paris, Porte de Versailles, to be displayed during Fashion Week. They will be involved in a photo shoot for Vive la Mode, the free magazine distributed after fashion shows. She will then be on display for The Box and an exhibition of the photos will be displayed for Atmosphere, "the fashion designers rendez-vous," Jardin des Tuileries. The Barbies will then travel to NY for The Train, the international trade show of wardrobe and accessories. After all these exciting high fashion events, Barbie will eventually be auctioned off in aid of a charitable association.

I just received my Barbie in the mail yesterday and am SO excited to start making some fabulous jewelry and accessories for her. (Check out those eyelashes!)

…Paris Fashion Week here we come!

10 comments:

Kathryn said...

Congratulations! That sounds like such a fun and amazing opportunity!

Juliet said...

Shut Up! That is AWESOME!

Emily said...

Congratulations! That is SO cool!! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Catherine Chandler said...

That is so unbelievably cool. You should totally go to paris for it!

Liz said...

Wow!!! Thats so amazing, congrats!

Ashley said...

That is so great! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Tor Hershman said...

I find it most amusin’ that Barbie’s first job was as a prostitute in Deutschland (Bild Lilli).

Margaux Lange said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words! I have a lot of ideas - now it's just a matter of narrowing it down and pulling it all together into an ensemble that makes sense!

Tor - yes, the Bild Lilli doll and it's connection to Barbie is interesting. Lilli was not actually a Barbie, but it is the doll Barbie was supposedly based on. I wouldn't call her a 'prostitute', however, she was a doll intended for the amusement of men, not little children.

Miss Dot said...

I can't wait to see what you come up with. those eyelashes remind me of a black "barbie" I had growing up, she had MAJOR blue eyeshadow and solid eyelashes like that.. must ask Mum where she is...

Lynette said...

What a great opportunity, congrats!