Friday, February 20, 2009

You're Such A Doll

Barbie portraits used by permission. Photographs by Torno Photography.

This year, March 9th mark Barbie's 50th birthday! And my doesn't she carry it well? With an army of designers and plastic surgeons (quite literally) at her beck and call, it is no wonder this lady can still knock 'em dead. For her upcoming birthday she was being presented at New York Fashion Week with 50 new outfits by some of the world's most illustrious designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Sui and Vera Wang. But why should she have all the fun?

Celebrating the style of a little lady we have all owned at one time or another, I've put together a selection of outfits just for you to channel your inner Barbie. And while I'm not a huge advocate for that awful phrase "dressing your age", I went with a certain feel for each age group. Feel free to mix, match and possibly steal from others as you please.

Brabie Hits The Town - 20's

Barbie Style - 30's

Barbie Style - 40's

So whether you are a fabulous fashionista, a domestic diva or a queen in need of a new frock; get yourself a little Barbie style this week and celebrate the woman she made you.


Casey said...

These are so fun! I really love vintage Barbie... this post is making me want to go dig up my old dolls. hehe! Love these outfit collages--especially the 40s set! :D

Mandy said...

This really made me smile! I found your blog from your youtube tutorials, and I check it everyday now! Love it:) Thanks for making a stay at home mama feel hip again!

Emer said...

I'm sorry but vintage Barbie is SO much prettier than her modern counterpart! So much more style and sophistication.

50sgal said...

I love the vintage Barbie and I really adore the look of the vintage Midge doll as well. I am, unfotunately this year, not able to adore you just yet, as for me she will not be around for another four years! I love the eyemakeup of the vintage barbie.

Mademoiselle Baudelaire said...

I love the black and white swimsuits on the vintage barbies! I had a book on them, love the outfits Bob Mackie designed for her, but gave the book to a friend's collector mum!

I really wouldn't dress like a modern Barbie...and I'm not refering to the fairy ones!

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Casey: Oh yes, it is vintage Barbie all the way! I could really see you in that last set too with your colouring.
Mandy: Any time - we mamas have to stick together to bring a bit of fashion back.
Emer: You are very right. just like the girls of today, the brand of glamour modern Barbie espouses isn't a patch on the old.
50's gal: If only you could wait a few years then bring us back some originals!
Md B: Those swimsuits were divine! Given that most modern Barbies are dressed like Miss Hilton, probably the only modern Barbie outfit you'd see me in would be one of those Holiday specials.

ana b. said...

What a wonderful post. I would be glad to wear any one of those outfits whatever my age!

Rachael said...

Love the polyvore outfits! I'm a big fan of Barbie, particularly her early incarnations. I actually own the 40th Anniversary book - I bought it when I was 9!

Tizzalicious said...

I love this!

Eloïse Sunshine said...

Hi, i dont know if you remember me, i sent you an email and sweetly answered. I'm the bi-racial pin-up from france, stay at home mother with 2 little girls. I wanted to write back, but my email box is going crazy. I now have my blog, its brand new! I love what you did with polyvore, i like old barbies too, even if blacks one appeared very latetly!

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