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By Allen Voivod
Inspired by original concept art from Star Wars: A New Hope, the Star Wars™ X Barbie® Collection puts a high-fashion twist on iconic characters! In this exclusive interview, Robert Best talks about his love for Star Wars, design challenges, and shares his experience in binging this new collection to life.
What was particularly exciting or unique about this collaboration for you?
The unique aspects of this come from the collaboration of two unique icons that truly stand alone. Barbie and Star Wars are cultural phenomena like no others and so it’s exciting to bring these two worlds together. I also think it might be an unexpected collaboration and I love that.
The character of R2-D2 is instantly recognizable. What are some of the more subtle ways you integrated elements of the droid's design into the doll’s fashion?
Barbie doll’s hair and make-up firstly are a fun, subtle nod to the signature shapes and colors that fans of R2-D2 will recognize. Her belt is a very specific R2-D2 element that immediately stands out. The silver lining of the puffer vest is also a nice detail.
With the Leia-inspired doll, how did you approach the task of designing a look that’s fresh, yet honors the original, since the movie costume and hairstyle are so indelibly iconic?
With the look inspired by Princess Leia, I knew that keeping the signature elements would be important and the challenge was making them different enough where it didn’t feel like a costume or a strict recreation. I also wanted to make sure Leia's confidence shined through. I took the hairstyle (that might be one of the most recognizable of all time) and added braids and volume as well as lowering the placement. For the gown I really wanted to amp up the glamour but still keep it relatively clean & simple. We created a stunning white gown with dramatic cape-like sleeves, highlighted with the silver corset belt, necklace and cuffs adding a cool touch of shine and texture.
Darth Vader’s movie costume is actually a suit of life-supporting armor and cybernetics. How did that fact change, enhance, and/or limit your approach to the doll’s couture design?
While these details are interesting and relevant to the characters in the narrative related to the films, when you're creating a look “inspired by,” the purpose is to capture the essence of the character and include notable details. Then, it becomes more about what the costume and its narrative purpose represents emotionally, and finding a way to convey that through fashion.
What do you think fans of Star Wars and Barbie will be most excited about?
As a fan of both myself – my hope is that fans will share the excitement and joy that I had when creating these dolls from this unique and amazing collaboration. For me personally – this was definitely a dream collaboration and I hope that comes through to the fans.
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On her very first outing in 1959, Barbie® stole the show, clad in a sizzling zebra-striped swimsuit! Now, collectors can celebrate the 56th anniversary of her splashy debut with 2015’s Black & White Bathing Suit Barbie® Doll!
Designer Bill Greening explains, “Because she comes in the iconic swimsuit, Black & White Bathing Suit Barbie® is a perfect display doll for different fashions, which was the original concept for a teenage fashion model — Barbie® is meant to try on clothes!”
The 1959 Toy Fair was chock-a-block with stuffed animals, baby dolls and gimmicky toys. Through it all, Barbie® doll stood wearing her swimsuit, poised and perfect on her miniature pedestal. Her hair was swept neatly into a ponytail, and she was accompanied by her sensational haute couture wardrobe.
“People just gravitated to her, wanting to dress her in all those fabulous fashions!” Bill says. The beauty of Barbie® also contributed to her unbelievable impact, a consistent part of her appeal today. “Collectors still love the gorgeous face paint of the classic ponytail Barbie® dolls, and so we decided to bring that back.”
Bill adds, “She wears lots of dramatic rosy cheek blush and sky-blue eye-shadow for a high-color retro-glam look. To heighten the effect, we decided to use the pale nostalgic skin tone similar to the very first Barbie® dolls.”
As she did in 1959, Barbie® comes to you with gold hoop earrings, white cat-eye sunglasses and black open-toe shoes with a decidedly chic, slim new box. “Yes, the box is definitely very cool!” Bill enthuses. “It’s inspired by the vintage pink silhouette boxes used for dressed Barbie® dolls, but it comes in the Barbie® brand’s contemporary shade of pink.”
The first appearance of Barbie® doll marked a watershed moment in pop culture and a launching point for a trendsetting, globetrotting, trailblazing legacy. Black & White Bathing Suit Barbie® Doll is a treasured homage to 55+ years of fashion fun and she is available now at our online store, waiting to be dressed by you!
Though she’s been a TV and film star for many years, American audiences are seeing Fan Bingbing for the first time in her role as Blink in the blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now, it’s time for you to get to know Fan Bingbing, as part of the Barbie® Collection!
Meet the Fan Bingbing Doll, sculpted in the likeness of the actress, singer, and television producer who’s been called a “style icon” in her native China and abroad. She’s topped both the "50 Most Beautiful People in China" list by Beijing News and the “China Celebrity 100” list by Forbes China!
An award-winning actress, she’s also no stranger to the fashion world. The stunning one-shoulder dress she wears is the “Dragon Robe,” designed by Laurence Hsu and worn by Fan on the red carpet at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. Leaping dragons frolic above crashing waves that adorn the hem of the gown.
The Dragon Robe gown made such an impact that it was bought by Madame Tussauds, and a modified version was collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the largest museum of decorative arts and design in the world!
With Fan Bingbing’s star on the rise, now is the perfect time to add this exquisitely detailed creation to your collection. You’ll find the Pink Label® Fan Bingbing Doll in the online shop – get her today, and watch for her on a movie screen near you!
The future of justice arrives in theaters next month! WONDER WOMAN™ is set to debut on the big screen June 2, and we’re celebrating with the release of a gift set that captures an iconic moment in her journey. Get a closer look at the Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set right here!
You know the story – STEVE TREVOR™, a American fighter pilot, crash lands off the coast of Paradise Island. Diana, the Amazon princess, rescues the pilot and nurses him back to health. As she prepares to return Steve to his world, Diana assumes the secret identity “Diana Prince” and accompanies him, beginning a journey of discovery. She learns to use her extraordinary powers as WONDER WOMAN™, in a war to end all wars.
The Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set commemorates the iconic scene on the beach when Diana first meets Steve Trevor™ after his fateful crash. It’s a must-have collectible for any WONDER WOMAN™ fan!
The doll for Diana, portrayed by Gal Gadot, arrives in an outfit inspired by one of her costumes from the film – one that she wears as she’s training on Paradise Island to become an unconquerable warrior. It’s an outfit that hasn’t been available on any other WONDER WOMAN™ doll produced by The Barbie™ Collection! Accessories include wrist gauntlets and boots.
The doll for STEVE TREVOR™, portrayed by Chris Pine, also arrives in an outfit inspired by the film’s costumes. His is a World War I pilot’s uniform, complete with jacket, gloves, boots, and courier bag. Both dolls feature fully articulated bodies – perfect for high-action poses!
Be sure to pre-order this gift set now, before demand jumps after the movie releases. You’ll even get free standard shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.!* Go to the online shop now to pre-order the Barbie® Wonder Woman™ Paradise Island Gift Set.
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