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Photos by Gérard Gouet /collection Claude Brabant, Mattel, Musée de la Poupée/collection Claude Brabant
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Claude Brabant's creations for Barbie are exhibited for the second time in the Musée de la Poupée. On the occasion of his fifth anniversary Ken is invited to present with Barbie the history of fashion, from Eve to French kings, from the French Revolution until today.

Claude Brabant : the history of fashion on Barbie®'s scale

Claude Brabant has been fond of dolls since she was a little girl when she used to sew for her dolls. One day, 15 years ago, she fell in love with a Barbie doll and started to create clothes at her scale. Fan of fashion and French history her first creation led to a Barbie dressed like Madame du Barry. More than fifty costumed Barbies followed and about another hundred were exhibited in the Musée de la Poupée in 2004. Claude Brabant also held several successful temporary exhibits in France and abroad. Today her collection counts 250 pieces. Those representing famous characters of the past are presented today in this new exhibit.

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Barbie® and Ken®, dolls and fashion models

Barbie was born in 1959 in New York. She is the uncontested idol for little girls. This fashion doll used to
fashion designers' shows, coveted collectible item, society phenomenon, never old fashioned, Barbie is THE ideal fashion model to discover the history of fashion.

Ken, was born on March 11, 1961. Barbie's boy friend also has a large wardrobe. Their mythical couple perfectly fits into Claude Brabant's artistic process.


The exhibit

The exhibit presents about 100 Barbie dolls that are accompanied by Ken dolls to evoque characters significant in an historical perspective.

Outfits have been made by Claude Brabant using historical documents found in books, paintings with a great attention to details and sewing techniques from various periods. Finding the right fabrics and the good colors took a lot of time as well as the elaboration of miniature patterns.

These almost haute couture creations show a real expertise and an unconditional love for the history of fashion.

Tarzan and Jane

Marat and Charlotte Corday

Roméo and Juliette


Catherine of Médicis, Charles IX and Henri III







Marie Lesczynska and Louis XV

François I


Mrs Du Barry

Elisabeth from England


Louis XIV

First Empire

Blanche of Castille

Duchesse of Langeais


Third République

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New book / Catalogue of the exhibit

"La mode au fil de l'histoire,
présentée par Barbie® et Ken®"

by Claude Brabant Pelletier (in French)
number of pages : 120 - size : 21 X 30

33€ TTC - Available at the museum's shop or by mail as soon as March 23, 2011.

Meeting with the author and signing (the book is sold out on September 6):
• Friday June 17 at 3pm
• Thursday September 8 at 3pm

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Related bonus exhibit

Ken®, 50 ans d'un modèle masculin

Around the exhibit...

NEW BOOK : "La mode au fil de l'histoire présentée par Barbie® et Ken®"

Claude Brabant is publishing a book on her creations exhibited in the Museum on the occasion of this temporary exhibit.

" A dream dress for Barbie® " : workshop for children

Children will make a dream dress for Barbie
. Every fashion designer will go back with her doll dressed with an amazing outfit !

reservation required at 01 42 72 73 11

"Barbie®, princess of my heart" : story telling sessions

A real doll will take you to the wonderful world of Barbie. Get comfortable, open your ears and go back in time !

reservation required at 01 42 72 73 11

Family tours / NEW

Tours are given for children and their families. You will discover dolls, their history, their morphologies, their materials and the running temporary exhibits.

reservation required at 01 42 72 73 11

"Have your birthday party with dolls" : birthday parties in the museum

Lets celebrate your birthday in an unforgettable way, inviting your friends with the dolls !

And you will also get a birthday present ! : Mattel France will offer a present to any child having his birthday celebrated at the museum.

unguided tour with an educational questionnaire or educational tour + cake (not provided) + story time or workshop
A la carte package, on Wednesday and Saturday
New offer ! a Sunday birthday : unguided tour + cake

reservation required at 01 42 72 73 11.

"Seminars on French doll makers from 1940-1959"

Samy Odin, director of the museum and doll expert will give a new series of seminars on French doll makers from 1940 to 1959. These 2 hours sessions will enable you to study dolls, from head to toes, and to understand their importance in each doll maker's history.

A Friday per month, reservation required at 01 42 72 73 11

How much is my doll worth ? Doll appraisals

How much is my doll worth ? When was it made ? How ? By whom ?... Samy Odin will appraise your dolls after your visit of the museum.

A Saturday per month, reservation required at 01 42 72 73 11

A specialized shop – bookstore

The Museum’s shop is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm, and is also available on this website.

Play dolls and collectible dolls, clothes and accessories, miniatures as well as a wide range of books and products are for sale.

A doll hospital and appraisals

The Museum’s doll hospital repairs antique dolls, baby dolls, plush animals... and gives appraisals.
Veronique Derez, our doll doctor, is usually present 2 Thursdays/month from 2 pm to 4 pm but you can come from Tuesday to Saturday for a free estimate of the repairs on presentation of the sick dolls or plush animal.

For appraisals and doll identity card, with charge, an appointment is required on presentation of the object.

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