Barbie exhibition in Paris


More than just a toy, Barbie has mirrored a culture and its evolution. Now, Musée des Arts Décoratifs is paying tribute to this iconic doll and its influence on fashion with its new exhibit.

The 16,150-square-foot show includes some 700 dolls, scale models, videos, and art pieces. There are fashion treasures showing the dolls impact on designers throughout the world. There are unique creations by Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela and Christian Louboutin.

The exhibit also showcases professions the doll has represented over the years, such as fashion photographers, fashion editors, computer engineers, and even U.S. presidential candidates. There is even a room dedicated to what goes on behind the scenes during Barbie photo shoots. You can see these images used on the Barbie Style Instagram account that has more than 1.3 million followers. Several of the fabrication secrets of Barbie’s silhouettes, hairstyles and outfits will be revealed for the exhibition.

The show truly reflects how fashion has evolved over the years and how Barbie has continued to stay a part of fashions ever so changing world.

Les Arts Décoratifs: 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Exhibition dates: 10 March – 18 September


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