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Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)

Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)To coincide with Paris Fashion Week, a museum in the French capital is staging a huge exhibition paying tribute to an American style icon who has been at the forefront of fashion for nearly six decades: Barbie.

Barbie: Life of an Icon at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris features more than 700 dolls, showing how she has adapted to social, political and cultural changes in America and the wider world.

The exhibition also celebrates Barbie's 57th birthday; the doll was born at the American International Toy Fair in New York on 9 March 1959.

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Ruth Handler, one of the founders of Mattel, noticed that her daughter and her friends weren't interested in baby dolls, but preferred playing with those representing women, imagining themselves in their future lives. Ruth convinced Mattel's directors, then all male, to manufacture such a doll. Barbie was launched with her own mythology: born in Wisconsin, Barbara Millicent Roberts has a family and clearly identified friends, but her age has deliberately never been specified so that she can embody either an adolescent or a young woman.

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The exhibition illustrates how Barbie has evolved over the years. Her facial features and body shape have been slightly remodelled every decade or so; always different yet somehow always the same.
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)
Barbie, Life of an Icon: Paris tribute to iconic fashion doll (PHOTO)


Source: IBT
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