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A8816 Doll, 'Barbie', with clothes and accessories, Mattel, Japan/USA, 1964-1967. Click to enlarge.

Barbie doll with accessories

Made by Mattel Pty Ltd in Japan, Asia, 1962-1967.

Barbie, the world’s favourite doll, was introduced at the New York Toy Fair in 1959 by Mattel Inc. Designed by Ruth Handler and named after her daughter, the 295mm Barbie was the first doll to represent the fashion-accessorised teenager that young girls aspired to become. Television marketing was another very successful first for Mattel, and the continually changing fashion outfits and accessories kept sales moving.

Barbie was joined by her boyfriend Ken in 1961, girlfriend Midge in 1963 and l...

Summary

Object No.

A8816

Object Statement

Doll, 'Barbie', with clothes and accessories, Mattel, Japan/USA, 1964-1967

Physical Description

Blonde Barbie doll with clothing, accessories and wardrobe. The clothing includes various ensembles made by Mattel including 'Holiday Dance', 'Poodle Parade', 'Outdoor Life', 'Aboard Ship', 'Under Fashions' and 'Gold 'N Glamour'. There is also a selection of clothing made by the donor's grandmother. Accessories include shoes, jewellery, handbags, stockings, gloves, wigs, sunglasses and books. The grey wooden wardrobe was made by the donor's father.

Production

Notes

This Barbie doll and many of the accessories were made by Mattel Pty Ltd in Japan and America. Some of the clothing was made by the donor's grandmother Bernice Webb and the wardrobe was made by the donor's father Maxwell Webb.

Made

Mattel Pty Ltd Japan, Asia 1962-1967

History

Notes

This Barbie doll and accessories was owned by Belinda Webb who received the doll in about 1964. She played with the doll and expanded Barbie's wardrobe between the ages of seven and eleven, adding store bought ensembles and home made clothing.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Belinda Webb, 1983

Acquisition Date

28 February 1983

Cite this Object

Harvard

Barbie doll with accessories 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 June 2019, <https://ma.as/199960>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/199960 |title=Barbie doll with accessories |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=16 June 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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