Barbie - life of an icon exhibition in Paris
This is the first time Barbie has received such an unconditional invitation by a French museum. Known for its design, fashion, toy and advertising collections, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs 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 , including from Carven, Thierry Mugler and Chanel, plus loans from Maison Margiela, Jeremy Scott and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.
Drawing on Mattel’s archives and highlighting this still little-known historical heritage, this exhibition provides two possible insights into “Barbie’s lives”: for children by evoking the pure jubilation of a universally known toy, and for adults by placing this emblematic figure in her historical and sociological contexts since 1959.
Barbie is not just a doll for kids, its driving fashion culture has been an inspiration for many designers. The exhibition is from March 10 to September 18, 2016.
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Musée des Arts décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris France