Monday, 13 April 2009


Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by Matell, Inc. and was put out into the world in March 1959. Barbie was founded by American businesswoman Ruth Handler (1916-2002) and is credited with the creation of the doll. She used a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.

Barbie has always been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parody of the doll and her lifestyle. In recent years, Barbie has faced increasing competition from the Bratz range of dolls.

Using Barbie as my focal doll, is important in terms of the greater audience i can have, being around since the 50's means young and old people will know of Barbie. Not only this but this year, just a month ago, infact on March the 9th of this year it was Barbies 50th Birthday. Lots of people came together to celebrate and so i feel using barbie would be appropriate and this 50 year celebration could have something to do with my final piece?

Promoting or remembering?

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