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 Barbie Rétro Chic

EXHIBIT from February 11 to September 13, 2014

"Barbie Retro Chic" is the exciting new special exhibition at Musée de la Poupée-Paris. It looks at the 1960s fashion style for the most legendary doll in the world – Barbie!


Since its inception in 1994, Musée de la Poupée-Paris has been a keen follower of Barbie and over the years has held seven special exhibitions celebrating the unique history of the Barbie doll.

Timeless fashion icon and inveterate trendsetter, Barbie has been mirroring her times and inspiring numerous artists for over 50 years. Generation after generation, this 29 cm doll continues to captivate girls and adults alike with amazing fun fact : 1 billion dolls sold since 1959 6 dolls on average owned by 3 to 6 year-old girls 3 dolls bought every second in the world

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Barbie n°1 et boîte, 1959


So why is the Barbie doll so popular? What is behind her popularity? What is it that appeals to both children and adults alike around the world? In this new exhibition, the museum has invited the Italian designers from the Magia2000 studios to suggest some possible answers. Barbie’s wardrobe from the first decade (1959-1967) is renowned and continues to inspire fashion designers of today. Barbie’s style from the 1960s endures; it nourishes the imagination of current professionals in the fashion industry, who keep creating contemporary looks for Barbie with hints of the 1960s "flavor."

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Solo in the Spotlight, 1959
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Solo in spotlight, 1959


The "Barbie Silkstone Fashion Model Collection" from Mattel, designed by Robert Best, is an example of dolls who, through their features and fashion, capture the look and feel of the 1960s. The Silkstone doll collection uses materials that combine the luxury fabrics and elaborate details that evoke the style of the original 1960s dolls.

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Catalogue Mattel, 1959
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Parisienne Pretty, 2009


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Happy Go lightly, 2005


Barbie also inspires One-Of-A-Kind (OOAK) creations by contemporary designers, such as Magia2000. This studio is renowned in the doll community for the exquisite miniature garments they create; hand embroidered, cut to the highest Haute Couture standards and highly appreciated by discerning collectors. Specially created dolls will be unveiled as part of this exhibition. They all pay tribute to those fashion designers who are inspired by the look and style of the 1960s.

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Création Magia2000
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Création Magia2000


A large selection of vintage authentic dolls from two prestigious French private collections will also be on display in the 24 showcases that comprise this special exhibition. These Barbie dolls, with their recognizable look and style of the 1960’s capture the feel of the era with names like "Gay Parisienne," "Suburban Shopper," "Solo in the Spotlight," "Evening Splendor," and "Golden Glamour." They are displayed together with contemporary Mattel creations and the Magia2000 OOAK in order to create a dialogue between past and present.

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Catalogue Mattel 1962
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Catalogue Mattel 1962


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1959
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Who were Carol Spencer and Anne-Marie Crivelli?

Carol Spencer started her career as a designer for Barbie in 1963. She created Couturier and Mod-style fashions as well as the Color Magic and Sew Free sets for Barbie and her friends for more than 35 years.
Anne-Marie Crivelli is a French fashion designer who, in 1966, created three models distributed by Mattel in Europe: "Le Bal des Petits Lits Blancs," "Roseraie" and "Quartier Latin."

Who is Robert Best?

Best has been fashion designer for Mattel since the mid-1990s. He created many collections of beautiful, glamorous Barbie dolls collected by numerous fans around the world. His creations are famous; they stand out for their sophistication, elegance and references to the heritage of Barbie’s vintage style, which can most notably be seen in the Barbie Silkstone Fashion Model Collection.

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Muffy Roberts, 2005

Who is Magia2000?

An artistic Italian duo formed in 1999 with Mario Paglino and Gianni Grossi, two doll and fashion aficionados. They rapidly specialized in OOAK dolls and took part in many Italian fairs and conventions, as well as some in the USA. Their style, largely inspired by Italian haute couture, has from the beginning been elegant, rich and displayed a great sense of detail. Their creations today are very sought after by collectors throughout the world; Mattel has commissioned them twice for US convention souvenir dolls. Beginning in 2009, they worked with Mattel Italy as visual designers for events related to Paris and Milan celebrations of the Barbie 50th anniversary. They are now the official designers for Barbie events in Europe. http://www.magia2000.com

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Création Magia2000


Where do the vintage Barbie exhibited come from?

Sylvie Dantec has been collecting Barbie for more than 30 years. Her collection specializes in the first two decades of the Barbie doll and includes dolls as well as outfits and accessories in mint condition. The importance and quality of her collection explain her participation in all the major Barbie events in France.
Eric Chatillon discovered Barbie in 1995 upon visiting the first Barbie doll exhibition held at Musée de la Poupée-Paris. His passion for the doll of his childhood lead him to accumulate a unique and recognized collection. He is author of "Barbie en France," a 2004 publication by Dollexpo Editions, in which he analyses the 1963-1969 period, during which Mattel products were distributed in France by Jouets Rationnels.

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Années 1960
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Années 1960


Who is Mattel, Inc.?

(NASDAQ:MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends®, Fisher-Price® brands, including, Little People®, Power Wheels®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the sixth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s "100 Best Corporate Citizens." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at www.mattel.com. ©2013 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Activities to join during the exhibit

- for children
- for adults

The museum’s shop

The museum’s shop offers a selection of new and vintage Barbie dolls and outfits, books…https://boutique.museedelapoupeepar…

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Magia2000 is editing a brand new book (in English)
Available at the museum shop (Price 29€ plus shipping costs)
Signing session : Saturday March 15 from 5 to 8 PM

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Eric Chatillon’s book is also available at the museum’s shop (Price 15€ plus shipping costs)



Past exhibits-MUSEUM CLOSED ON SEPT 15, 2017 Dolls from the 80s Best friends Betting on Dolls Hollywood Stars as Dolls Héros de l’ORTF - la télévision française en jouets des années ’60 aux années ’80 Bécassine dévoile les Trésors de Loulotte Minuscules, the playful universe of pocket dolls Snow globes Barbie Rétro Chic Fashion dolls under Napoleon III ETHNICITIES - Dolls reflecting People Baby-boom 2, French dolls 1960-1979 Poupées ’Made in Italy’, 1880-1979 Jouets de garçons Images exquises Barbie® et Ken® jouent les stars de tous les temps Ken®, 50 ans d’un modèle masculin Baby-boom French dolls, 1946-1959 Le Minor dolls Le retour du Père Noël Nouvelles icônes, des poupées Pandores aux Sybarites Maisons de poupées, l’art de la miniature Rêve ta vie avec Barbie Par amour pour les poupées Poupées et jouets : l’éveil des 5 sens Les poupées des Petites Filles Modèles Les mille et une vies de Barbie Quel spectacle ! les arts du spectacle en poupées et jouets L’Europe des 25 en poupées régionales et folkloriques Boules de poils, le meilleur de la peluche française, 1876-2006 Dodo l’enfant do : poupons et baigneurs, 1855-2005 Arts ménagers pour poupées : la vie quotidienne en miniature Les poupées de La Semaine de Suzette fêtent leurs 100 ans Les poupées Raynal : 50 ans de luxe pour petites filles Barbie raconte 5000 ans d’histoire du costume Tendres doudous : poupées et animaux en tissu Personnages de contes : hommage à la création Poupees de poche : de Mignonnette à Polly Pocket

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