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“From the start, this collection has always represented how Barbie® doll is transformed by the power of fashion — whether the subject is a 40s siren singing in a cabaret or a model on the streets of Paris.” — Robert Best
Just 10 short years ago, Mattel designer Robert Best conceived a BIG idea.
Inspired by the great fashion houses of the world, Robert wanted to create a line of dolls using fine fabrics, classic lines, and feminine details with a touch of whimsy. He also wanted to combine the best of 2 worlds — a vintage Barbie® face from the late 50’s and early 60’s with a modern, high fashion look. And so he set to work bringing his vision to life.
To coincide with the launch of the Barbie® Basics™ Collection in Australia, Mattel has engaged internationally celebrated jewelry designer Stefano Canturi to create a world first, the rarest and most expensive Barbie ever made!
Valued at over $AUD600,000 and featuring a rare Australian pink diamond, Stefano has created the ultimate accessories for Barbie in his signature Cubism style. Barbie is decorated with a stunning Canturi neckpiece made up of 3.00 carats of white diamonds surrounding a collectable 1.00ct square emerald (cut) pink diamond. A diamond Cubism ring sparkling on her right hand completes the jewelry set.
The pink diamond was especially hand-picked for & inspired by Barbie and is a registered tendered stone from the Australian Argyle mine. The 1.00ct square emerald (cut) diamond, notable for its distinctive purplish pink hue, is a rare and unique collector’s item, and it is substantially more valuable than its white diamond equivalent. A style icon such as Barbie commands a rare, unique pink diamond such as this one.
Lights. Camera. FASHION! The world’s most popular doll is also everyone’s favorite fashionista, inspiring young designers and professionals alike to create the fashions of their dreams. All ages will enjoy this hands-on exhibit in which you can take your designs from the workroom to the runway, go backstage with Barbie™ and see some of her most famous looks from the past 50 years, as well as view life-size fashion designs by some of the world’s most renowned designers!
It's got everything you could ask for in a story. Danger. Forbidden passion. Compelling characters. Locales both familiar and exotic. And vampires!
That's right, vampires. If you haven't heard of the Twilight Saga by now, get ready - this pop culture sensation is poised to reach stellar new heights in 2009!
In 2008, the movie Twilight introduced us to the intense relationship between the all-too-human Bella Swan and her devastatingly gorgeous vampire beau Edward Cullen. The heady mix of pulse-pounding action and thrilling romance was not only a top-10 box office smash - it was just the beginning.
Now, with the sequel New Moon set to debut in theaters November 20th, the saga comes to Barbie® Collector! Edward and Bella, Pink Label™ creations based on their counterparts in the movies (Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart), bring to life a pivotal scene from New Moon, with outfits inspired by the actual movie costumes.
Barbie: We’ve already had quite a year together! From the runway at New York Fashion Week to my Malibu Dream House birthday party to our recent work together on the gorgeous Barbie Doll® As Heidi Klum – it’s been a doll-lightful time. Tell me, what’s been your favorite Barbie experience so far?
Heidi: It has been an absolutely amazing experience to have a Barbie® doll designed in my image. Talk about a real dream come true! My favorite part of the experience so far would have to be the process of actually designing the doll. It was really cool to go to Mattel and see all of the steps involved in creating a Barbie — the hair, the hand painted makeup…
Barbie: Barbie Doll® As Heidi Klum is part of my Blonde Ambition™ Collection that celebrates iconic blondes in fashion and entertainment and includes other notable blondes like Marilyn Monroe and Goldie Hawn. How do you define “blonde ambition?”
There’s a buzz in the air, and it’s time to celebrate! On March 9th, 2009 Barbie® doll celebrates fifty fabulous years of fun, fashion, and dolls. And the best news is you’re invited to join in the festivities.
To mark the occasion Mattel is excited to introduce Barbie® Style (http://barbiestyle.barbie.com), a brand new site where Barbie® doll’s friends and fans can experience more fashion, more fun, and more interaction than ever before. The site is filled with so many exciting new features it’s hard to know where to start. Let’s dive right in!
Fashion and Barbie® doll — you can’t separate the two. The 50th celebration site will showcase all the fashion-related activities and A-list events surrounding Barbie® doll’s memorable anniversary year. Get the exclusive scoop on designer tie-ins, chic new product launches, and the latest pink carpet reports.
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