NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Barbie Lagerfeld © Mattel

Barbie Lagerfeld © Mattel

An exhibition “Barbie” is held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, till September 18th. This is the first time that Barbie has received such an unconditional invitation by a French museum. Known for its design, fashion, toy and advertising collections, this museum is the ideal venue to pay tribute to this iconic doll, whose story has many dimensions and has made an indelible mark on the socio-cultural history of toys in the 20th and 21st centuries.

700 Barbie dolls are thus deployed on 1500 m2, next to works from the collections of the Museum (dolls, gowns), but also works by contemporary artists, documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize the “Barbie’s lives“.

Many couturiers have crossed paths with Barbie the “fashionista”, and imagined the most extravagant and elegant outfits for her. The exhibition features several of these unique creations, by Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela and Christian Louboutin.

“Barbie” Exhibition
Date: March 10th – September 18th, 2016
Open: 11:00 – 18:00 (Thursday till 20:00)
Closed on Monday
Place: Musée des Arts décoratifs
Address: 107, Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris
Admission: 11 Euro
Tel: +33 (0)1 4455 5750

Text: Aya Shomura

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