The Paris Doll Museum Presents Retro Chic Barbie

The Paris Doll Museum Presents Retro Chic Barbie
In the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, where visitors can see the chic corners of the Marais, a very special museum dedicated to dolls has just debuted a new exhibition. At the Musée de la Poupée ('Museum of the Doll,' in English), an exhibition entitled 'Barbie, Retro Chic' reveals the world of Barbie in the 1960s.

As the most iconic doll in the world, Barbie has attracted a loyal following over the decades. Now, the Musée de la Poupée is paying tribute to a very special epoch for the doll — the Swinging Sixties. From now until September 13, 2014, visitors can see the Barbie ensembles created by Mattel designers from 1959 until 1967. The exhibit will also show modern styles themselves inspired by those earlier designs.

Since the opening of the Musée de la Poupée, there have been seven exhibits devoted to Barbie, including the latest 'Retro Chic' event. This is only appropriate, as the museum benefits from a collection of approximately 50 vintage Barbie dolls. These dolls come to life in outfits created by the likes of Carol Spencer and Anne-Marie Crivelli. These designers, and many others, contributed to the huge success that the Barbie brand experienced in the 1960s.

Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens are just a short metro trip away from the third arrondissement and the Musée de la Poupée.  Those who visit will witness the evolution of the Barbie doll from the first figures to more recent versions. What's more, for the duration of the exhibit, a special workshop for children enables participants to create a 'dream gown' for Barbie — and they even get to keep their creation.

From 'Gay Parisienne' to 'Golden Glamour,' Barbie's 1960s ensembles were usually created around a theme. The themes will see the spotlight one again, and will be placed side-by-side with modern day outfits created by Mattel and the workshop Magia2000. The more recent designs have been conceived in an effort to bring back the retro chic style for the new 'Barbie Fashion Model' collection.