I'm sure my love for clothes and miniatures began the day I played for the first time with a Barbie doll. I remember how I hearted all those little dresses, shoes and accessories, all the little treasures received for every birthday and the ones I've got from a cousin alot older than me. And how can I forget all those afternoons spent looking at the windows of the - one and only - toy store in my little town...?
I was not the only little girl who loved Barbie, of course. I have some pictures from my 1987 school Carnival party and I can clearly see two little girls wearing a Peaches'n Cream dress (this was a little bit too much for me, that year I went as Pippi Longstocking)!
The 80s were probably the last decade of Barbie total leadership; it was before Blythe revival and before hundreds other popular dolls and I'm so glad I lived my childhood at that time!
Really, how cool were those old Barbie cases? And how amazing was Barbie wardrobe?? It's my vintage dream!
All pictures courtesy Zero Discipline
As per usual it seems I live in a retro world. Yesterday when I saw the picture of the new Barbie from Tarina Tarantino I found it...how can I say? ...Too post-postmodern for me!
I was not a big fan of her Barbie jewelry line too - as for the Peaches'n Cream dress, this is a little too much for me, expecially when you see 50 years old women wearing one of those Barbie necklaces...
I think when you're no more a child, you don't have to erase memories, you can still play, but at least you have to "deconstruct your myths". So I really like the clever, "cheeky" and just a little creepy creations from Margaux Lange.
"Barbie™ was immensely important in fueling my creative life as a child, and ironically continues to be such for me as an adult. My "Plastic Body Series" jewelry stems from a desire to re-purpose materials in combination with metals. I am inspired, terrified and fascinated, first and foremost by humans. I'm drawn to patterns and repetition in all forms."
In this post-postmodern world, Barbie doll is still a leader even if sometimes she's in pieces...