Can you believe Bob Mackie first designed for Barbie more than 20 years ago? No other fashion celebrity has had a longer relationship with the doll-icious diva than Mr. Mackie, and to celebrate his latest creation – Brazilian Banana Bonanza Barbie Doll – he took time to answer a few questions exclusively for BarbieCollector.com.
You've been designing for Barbie for more than two decades now! From your stunning perspective, how has Barbie changed over the years?
Barbie has become so much more sophisticated in the last 20 years. She’s become far more daring in her fashion choices and she certainly isn’t afraid of a bit of fantasy! Her figure has improved immensely since I first met her; one has only to look at her old snap shots compared to today’s photos.
You have a terrific way of mixing whimsy into the glamour of your designs, and Brazilian Banana Bonanza™ Barbie® doll is one of your most playful creations. From what sources of inspiration did she arrive?
Brazilian Banana Bonanza Barbie is, of course, inspired by the excitement and exotic glamour that Brazil has always stood for. As a young boy going to the movie musical films of the 1940s, my most favorite star was the remarkable and exuberant Brazilian actress, Carmen Miranda, with her fabulous sense of humor and fashion, color, color, color, her fruit-laden hats and turbans with her very high, platform dancing shoes. Our new Brazilian Banana Bonanza Barbie could easily be Carmen’s granddaughter, with the same joyous spirit and her own 21st century sense of fashion and glamour.
Last year's Countess Dracula Barbie doll drove collectors wild! Though you're known for fantasy dolls, she was also a bit of a departure for you - how did you do manage to mix it up so well while still maintaining that Mackie glam?
Vampires have traditionally always had a rather tongue-in-cheek sense of style. Most of today’s movie vampires seem to be mopey teenagers. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to have Barbie dress up as the most outrageous glamorously seductive ‘Countess Dracula’?”
What's your favorite part about working with Mattel's doll designers?
The brilliant artists and technicians at Mattel’s Barbie Doll Division help bring my original sketches into fruition. Believe me, dressing a 12-inch diva is not an easy feat!
You bring a drama and a heightened reality to your costuming, but if you had to dress Barbie for the "everyday" life, what do you see her wearing?
In the Bob Mackie Barbie World, there is no such thing as “casual everyday clothes”– she is always dressed for amazing, over-the-top adventures! She’s not afraid to inspire others to fantasize about who they could be and how amazing they could look.
Bob Mackie’s creations for Barbie are some of the most popular dolls with collectors, year after year. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get his latest ultra-glamorous vision – add Brazilian Banana Bonanza Barbie Doll to your shopping bag now!
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