Cher Playsets

Cher Vintage 1970s Playsets

Playing with Cher dolls. The singer, the actress, the muse. We, Rex Dieter and Mimi Berlin, gathered some fine examples of toys and playsets made in plastic during the heyday of Sonny and Cher in the 1970s. That’s all, Have a nice day! xoxo Mimi Berlin

The Cher makeup center is our favorite Cher-Toy in this list: those bedroom eyes, that scary look on the child’s face tho…… (image via i.collector).Cher’s Dressing Room Playset, with a very ugly doll resembling the singer. (1976) Includes: Black Full Length Leotard, Wardrobe with Hangers, Coffee Table, Couch, Magic Mirror, & 4 Double-Sided Magic Mirror Cards. Features: Make-Up Mirror, Dressing Table, Wardrobe w/Hangers, American Indian Motif Labels, Couch, Magic Mirror, Coffee Table, Rotation Lever, Rotating Pedestal Stand, & comes with an Easy To Carry Detachable Strap Handle (buy via) Sonny and Cher returned to television in 1976 with a new show called The Sonny & Cher Show. Mego Toys created dolls and a doll house to coincide with the show. (image and knowledge via webdebris.com)

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

Scary Thriftstore Stuff

Scary Thriftstore Stuff. A diptych from the MB image Library

The Scary Thriftstore Stuff diptych is now available from Mimi Berlin’s image library. This diptych consist of Dog ‘n Dolls (MB000009) and Doll ‘n Jewelry (MB000010) ©mimiberlin2019

Have a look, maybe you need this imagery, and maybe you don’t.
Either way, don’t say we didn’t offer.
Have a nice day! xoxo Mimi Berlin

MB Stock Images

Diptych Image Library

MB Stock Images is Mimi Berlin’s image library. Added and unique value to Mimi Berlin’s library is that you buy in pairs, always and only. In other words it’s a diptych image library. View the MB Diptych Image Library by clicking this sentence.

If you are interested please leave a reply and we’ll get in touch.

Viktor and Rolf Artists in Fashion

Viktor and Rolf

Who doesn’t know the fashion label ‘Viktor and Rolf’? If you don’t, no worries; you have a chance to see their work at the Rotterdam based Kunsthal. ‘Viktor and Rolf-Fashion Artists 25 Years’ the exhibition (made in collaboration with the Dutch designers and Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot.) is made with a great eye for detailing and fashion. The garments are wonderful and so are the installations and dolls! In a nutshell: Why don’t you visit the exhibition which celebrates Viktor and Rolf‘s 25th anniversary in fashion at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam!? Visit our YouTube Channel for some video’s we made.

While you are in Rotterdam make sure you pass by the Hyperrealism Sculpture exhibition as well!

merchandise kunsthal

Wall of Dolls Milan

Wall of Dolls Milan / Il Muro delle Bambole

The ‘Muro delle Bambole’ is a protest, or a way to highlight violence towards/killing of women: that’s femicide in one word. The Wall of Dolls Milan can be found outside, in the Via De Amicis 2. It’s a very grim and gloomy installation of a collection, with maybe hunderds of dolls: tattered, dirty and grey (because they’ve been outside since 2015) they hang from a metal rack.

Amongst the dolls are posters which explain what you’re looking at, images of women who died and also some dried out flowers. So we guess it became a monument as well to remember the female victims of (domestic) violence.

The initator of these walls, which are scattered througout Italy, is Italian TV host Jo Squillo,  she works with the organization ‘WeWorld’ in Italy. Continue reading

Adam and Eve in Wood

Adam and Eve in Wood

No, these are no dolls for sex educational purposes. This was your typical average home decoration set in the 1970s, Adam (with a penis and balls) and Eve (with a vagina) both made out of wood. You could get them in various sizes, but they were all made to fuck! The ones below are the Dutch/German/Belgian version

Rightside: made by/via Tony Futura, On the left: original dolls from the 1970s, found on Mimi Berlin’s atic.

Comparing the wooden objects above also says a lot about design; Then and Now.