Do you all remember when I wrote about how I love Barbie and still collect them? Well, I’ve gotten all of the dolls I wanted from that previous post (and a few others . . . ). Now, I have a bunch of new Barbies that I’m dying to add to my collection because it’s obvious to me that Mattel likes for me to spend all of my money with them. Whatevs.
I don’t know what it is about Barbie: I’d love to attribute my fascination to nostalgia, but I think it’s something else. Probably the glamour? Hmm, I’m not sure if the glamour of Barbie is enough to keep me buying over and over again. I do know that I’ve always loved dress up, and seeing dolls in gorgeous outfits resonates with me. In any case, here’s what’s on my current wish list:
Selma DuPar James Doll
Blue Chiffon Ball Gown Barbie Doll
Barbie Fashionistas Doll 93
Ibtihaj Muhammad Doll
Barbie 2018 Holiday Doll
Barbie Styled by Marni Senofonte Doll
I’ve collected Barbie dolls since I was a child, mainly because I couldn’t get enough of the glamour and fantasy that the Barbie brand epitomized. As an adult, I purchase both for nostalgia and for the beauty of the dolls. I don’t care if I ever get a financial ROI (by selling them at a later date); I enjoy them NOW, and every purchase gives me an immediate emotional ROI.
It doesn’t seem like this would qualify as an art post BUT the skill and artistry involved with creating Barbie is undeniable.
Check out some of the Barbies that will be available in Spring 2018. I’m drooling: I can’t wait to buy some of these!
(all photos courtesy of Mattel)