April 20, 2011

A Kentourage for Ken

By Pat Henry, Editor of Fashion Doll Quarterly

As we continue to celebrate Ken’s birthday as well as his reunion with Barbie in 2011, it is fun to look back at Ken through the years and his many styles of dress. Certainly, his place as Barbie’s consort meant a lot of coordinating looks. “Dreamboat” by itself is just a few pieces of sportswear, but putting Barbie and Ken in the roadster while Babs is in “Open Road” becomes an entire narrative.

Certainly, the matching cheerleader/football player is a classic, as is the costume party pairing of “Pierrot” and “Pierrette”, along with the fantasy driven costumes for the Little Theatre, like “Cinderella” and “The Prince”. But to me, the realistic and well made details of “The Yachtsman” or “Rally Day” reminds me of my own father’s wardrobe. The smell of after shave and soap, along with the classic lines of a striped tee shirt, or a driving cap and a Macintosh raincoat, combine to form a tiny time capsule of early sixties high style, when men (and women) still dressed for work and play with a certain sensibility.

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April 18, 2011

Hot Off The Barbie® Press No. 17

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April 11, 2011

Vera Wang The Traditionalist Barbie®: Timelessly Elegant, and Personalized!

Worn for just one day, creating a lifetime of memories. The wedding gown embodies an absolute moment of beauty in a woman's life, portraying the devotion and the expression of a dream made real.

Vera Wang elegantly designs wedding gowns that allow brides to express their individuality. Now, through a unique collaboration, that uniqueness goes even further – with a new personalization feature for Vera's third and final Barbie® Collector bridal doll!

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April 11, 2011

Hot Off The Barbie® Press No. 16

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April 5, 2011

Catching Up With Ken®

By Pat Henry, Editor of Fashion Doll Quarterly

This is the first in a ongoing series of posts on BarbieCollector.com by “celebrity” voices in the doll collecting community! Every so often, you’ll find new articles from special guest bloggers, on topics including history, pop culture, collecting, personal reminiscences, and so much more. They’ll all have something in common, though – undying love for their favorite fashion icon and her ultimate boyfriend. Read on!

When a guy gives a girl pink cupcakes, that's sweet. When a guy appears on billboards in New York and LA asking for back, that's larger than life. All the more impressive considering the guy in question is only 12-inches tall. Personally, I am thrilled that Ken is still around, and that Mattel has cleverly made his half-century mark a newsworthy milestone, buoyed by the latest development in his on-again/off-again relationship with his beloved Barbie.

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April 5, 2011

Inside Ken's World as Barbie's Boyfriend, Part 3

We recently launched Parts 1 and 2 of our three-part audio series with Jef Beck, creator of manbehindthedoll.com.

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April 1, 2011

Verushka Barbie® Doll: Exotic, Alluring, And Of The Moment!

As the Trans-Siberian train rolls to a stop in St. Petersburg amidst steam, smoke, and a crowd of onlookers huddling together for warmth in the chilly air, one woman disembarks, setting a stiletto-heeled black boot onto the train platform. Heads turn while conversations hush. As her second heel hits the platform, all eyes fixate on this elegant beauty.

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