Happy Birthday Dear Barbie Doll

Barbie has her birthday today, congratulations to you, dear plastic doll.

We, at Mimi Berlin can’t believe that you are 60 years old as of today. You don’t look a day over 18, in our opinion.

Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel

The famous 3-D doll was created by Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, in 1959. She named Barbie after her daughter Barbara.

(all images including desciptions of the dolls via mattel.com)

skepticism

Just like the first years, Barbie is still received with skepticism by both the toy-industry, as well as some feminists all over the world nowadays. Women who hate Barbie do so because she is the stereotype of the so-called ‘perfect woman’ especially her body-measurements, which are out-of-this-world, are preceived to be sexist. But you must know that Barbie has about 180 careers, from registered nurse to astronaut to babysitter. Also, she was created to offer choices to girls and give them “endless storytelling possibilities”. That was of course in the 1960s when women weren’t seen as equal to men as today. Anyhow, we, at Mimi Berlin, love Barbies.

no one-trick pony

The Barbie of today is nothing like the first doll, she’s not the one-trick pony anymore. Modern Barbie comes in all kinds of bodytypes and skincolors. Mattel even produces famous Barbie look-a-likes, like for instance, an X-files agent Dana Scully doll or a Frida Kahlo doll (from the inspiring women collection). Below more examples of which type you can buy, if you are really interested, we suggest you visit the Mattel site to view the whole range of toys for kids and adults.

Barbie® Ibtihaj Muhammad Doll

Designer: Kelley Lindberg Label: Black Label® Release Date: 07/30/2018 Body Type: Curvy Collector Facial sculpt:Ibtihaj Muhammad Fashion: Jacket, pants, bodysuit Fashion Sewn On?: No Accessories: Nike shoes, face mask, glove and sabre.

35th Anniversary Barbie® Doll

The reproduction of the original 1959 #1 Ponytail. The ”35th Anniversary Barbie® doll’ released in 1994 with a ‘vintage repro bodytype’

Barbie® 60th Anniversary Doll

Designer: Caroline DeMersseman Collection: Anniversary Dolls Label: Black Label® Release Date: 1/11/2019 Body Type: Model Muse Facial sculpt: Grace Collector: 55287 Fashion: Removable fashion with snap closures Eyelashes: Painted

Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll

Label:Gold Label® Designer: Bill Greening Release Date: 3/6/2019 Body Type: Vintage with holes in feet Facial sculpt: Vintage Barbie Eyelashes: Painted Fashion: Top, jacket, skirt, heels Fashion Sewn On?: No Customization: Painted fingernails & toe polish Included with doll: Glasses, earrings, portfoio with 2 fashion sketches

Read and see more about Barbie and Haute-Couture here on this blog

Maison The Faux Presents: Maison Pour Maison at AFWStudio 2019

Amsterdam Fashion Week Studio 2019

AFWStudio

“Friday March 8, 2019, Amsterdam Fashion Week, AFWStudio.
The Arnhem based fashionable collective ‘Maison The Faux’ (a creative studio posing as a grand couture fashion house) presented ‘Maison Pour Maison’, “a multidisciplinary performance exploring all the facets of a home/maison”, in particular the bedroom and bedroom-behavior.

Mimi Berlin Blogger Team attended ‘Maison pour Maison’ at the Compagnie-theatre in the city-center of Amsterdam. If you missed this show make sure to read on, if you can’t be bothered: that’s okay. Next stop for this perfomance will be in Tokio, it’s a second chance to see the show live, for yourself.

Maison pour Maison

‘Maison Pour Maison’ is Maison The Faux’s interpretation of leisure wear. Home-wear in it’s most ultimate and elegant form, according to designers Joris Suk and Tessa de Boer. The collection consists of two-piece pyjama’s, bedroom gowns, negligee sets and a selection of robes combined with sleeping hats, sweaters and t-shirts. Various interior products were used as not-your-average styling devices. Pillows, duvets, sleep masks and even mattresses had a main part in the presentation.

Mimi Berlin’s thoughts during the performance

‘Maison Pour Maison’ the fashion-performance, is a story with a proper begining and ending. Starting out very calm, with people moving in slow motion on 2 separate twin-size beds, surrounded by curtains.

In our minds Marie-Antoinette popped up, because of the printed French doors on the curtains, also because of the fact we were watching a bed-scene.

Slowly but surely the tempo becomes more fast, going on into exaltation or hysteria, . The transparent and frilly outfits and the repetive movements of the models made clear this story aslo has to do with sex and/or erotica. During the middle part of the show the vibe becomes less friendly. The scene transforms into a hospital or even an asylum. The outfits adapted perfectly to this shift in atmosphere.

“There’s no place like MAISON.”
“a House is made of Bricks and Beams, a MAISON is made of Hopes and Dreams”
maisonthefaux.com

News from Maison The Faux

“The company of MAISON the FAUX is also subject to renovation: MAISON the FAUX is expanding their multidisciplinary ways. The creative studio is no longer accepting whole sale orders and is increasingly focusing on their work as a creative design studio (art-direction, spatial design, costume design etc.) and e-commerce.
MAISON the FAUX will present “MAISON pour MAISON” during Tokyo Fashion Week, introducing various home products as an addition to the “MAISON pour MAISON” presentation at Amsterdam Fashion Week.” (maisonthefaux.com)


More Maison the Faux stories here on this blog,