British Vogue salutes 60 years of Barbie

Six designers dress the Barbie Fashionista dolls in their signature styles in the September issue, edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, marking 60 years of Mattel’s fashion icon

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 08.08.2019 | Toys

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Six decades of Barbie's style will be celebrated in the September issue of British Vogue, throwing Mattel's iconic fashion doll into the spotlight with a special feature. 

To honour Barbie’s 60th anniversary, and celebrate the diversity of its dolls, British Vogue invited six leading young designers to dress a Barbie in their signature style.  

Matty Bovan, Mowalola, Richard Malone, Art School, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY and Supriya Lele each dressed a doll from the new line of Barbie Fashionista dolls, outfitting them in miniature interpretations of key looks from their collections.

Styled by Poppy Kain, each designer was shot by Stas Komarovski alongside their respective Barbie, before speaking to Fashion New Editor Olivia Singer about their choices, and digging into the key characteristics and design details behind each mini outfit. 

The feature appears in the latest issue, high-profile and much-touted edition guest edited by the Duchess of Sussex. 

Adwoa Aboah and Yara Shahidi, who appear on the cover and within the British Vogue September issue, were also created as Barbie dolls earlier this year as part of the Barbie Shero programme, honouring them as inspirational women.

Founding Gurls Talk, an online community for young women to discuss issues such as mental health, education and selfcare, Adwoa Aboah was honoured by Barbie for her vocal and passionate support of girls, and for using her platform to empower them.

Other pioneering women given a Barbie makeover as part of the Shero initiative include, principal dancer Misty Copeland, US Olympian fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, and writer and director Ava Duvernay.

The issue is available on newsstands and digital marketplaces today.


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