Art Gowns does Schiaparelli on Barbie

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Originally posted on Art Gowns:
Did you ever notice how one thing can lead to another? Yes! Well, that’s exactly how my old Barbie got an Art gown.  In Art Gowns spirit, nothing new was purchased for this project. Barbie’s…

Barbie, Ken and Midge Wardrobe Booklet, 1962 (yellow version)


Here is the third of the three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets I recently added to my collection. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old!

Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are the complete scans from the yellow version wardrobe booklet – Barbie, Ken and Midge.





More Barbie catalogues and adverts can be seen here

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Barbie’s ‘Feeling Groovy’ Trash to Treasure 70’s Pad

Just fab! So creative, colourful and groovy. I have an 80s Barbie but this makes me want to go out and find a 70s Barbie now 🙂 Top marks to Starrcreative.ca for more up-cycling Barbie goodness. Please check out Starrcreative’s post for more great photos!

Starrcreative.ca

If you love the home decor show Trading Spaces, consider this an opportunity to decorate a room for someone else, just on a smaller scale! As most of you know, I love to come up with up-cycled Barbie Doll furniture from Thrift Store or garage sale finds, even stuff you might consider throwing away can be transformed into something new. I also like to incorporate great finds from the Dollar Tree for parts and embellishments.

I’m partial to bright colors and the ‘Feeling Groovy’ theme is certainly that! My goal is to share ideas and inspirations, and encourage kids and parents alike to get creative, reuse and have some fun. You might not find the exact same pieces, but you’ll see how easy it is and hopefully get inspired to go on a treasure hunt of your own! There is no sewing and no tools so…

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It’s a doll’s world: clone wars, law suits, and inappropriate names.

Clone after clone after clone. Presenting: The Babs, Randy and Bill wardrobe booklet, 1960s, US.

Babs, Randy and Bill wardrobe booklet, 1960s. Fab-Lu Ltd.

Babs, Randy and Bill dolls were sold by the Fab-Lu Ltd company of New York in the early 1960s. The line was a cheap clone of the popular US Barbie doll brand, and the German Bild Lilli brand that predated both.

Babs’s wardrobe imitated many of Barbie’s costumes, as well as clothing from various Hong Kong cloned Lilli dolls. Babs also mimicked Barbie’s tag of “Teen-Age Fashion Model” by declaring herself as “Queen of Fashion”. Not that Barbie should complain too much, seeing as she herself was a clone of the German Bild Lilli – the original fashion doll.

Randy

Randy was a clone of Barbie’s younger sister, Skipper.

For the British market, Randy underwent a name change to ‘Mary Lou’ due to the English sexualisation of the word randy (meaning ‘to feel sexually aroused’). However, the problems didn’t end there for Randy/Mary Lou. The doll, as seen on her featured pages of the Fab-Lu booklet, was actually a Tammy doll as made by Ideal and ‘borrowed’ for the photoshoot to model Randy’s wardrobe. Fab-Lu tried to get around this by painting a beauty spot on the cheek of the Tammy doll in the hope no one would notice. It failed, and Fab-Lu was later taken to court and sued by Ideal.



Bill

Bill was a clone of Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken.

“Every inch a he-man. Powerful body. Powerful physique.” Check out Bill’s ‘sales pitch’ …

Bill – every inch a he-man?


The Clone War(drobe)s.

Below are the remaining scans of the Babs, Randy and Bill product booklet. It is the only known catalogue to exist for the line to date, and was included in packs of individual dolls and accessories.

Click images to enlarge.


Low, low prices!

Babs dolls and outfits were exceptionally cheap to buy compared to Barbie. Statements such as “fashions made to fit all leading fashion dolls”, and “Other male fashion dolls can and do wear Bill’s extensive wardrobe” were almost a call to arms to buy Babs outfits to put not just on Babs dolls, but on Barbie dolls too.


To find out more about the fascinating history of ‘clone dolls’ – from Lilli to Barbie to Babs and others – check out the excellent article Bild Lilli and the Queens from Outer Space

Until next time, thank you for cloning around with us 🙂

The Barbie, Ken and Midge Wardrobe Booklet – 1962


Here is the second of the three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets I recently added to my collection. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old!

Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are scans from the blue version wardrobe booklet – Barbie, Ken and Midge. Click images to go bigger.











As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Barbie and Ken catalogue – 1962


I recently picked up three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old – amazing to think she’s still going strong today at 60! Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are scans from the first booklet – Barbie and Ken – the others to follow another time soon. Click images to go bigger and enjoy 🙂












As always, thanks for looking 🙂

My First Barbie


You’re never too old, right?

Presenting, my first Barbie…

and a wonderful addition to TVTA’s toy collection – California Barbie, 1987.


My California Barbie came mint in her original European-issue box. The contents include Barbie, her accessories and paperwork, a catalogue, a mini comic, and a Beach Boys flexi-disc record: Living Doll, Brother Records, 1987. 

Barbie seemed more than pleased to join the other toys here at TVTA Towers…

But you should have seen her face when I told her I’d bought her a gift…

Her very own wheels… the California Barbie Dune Buggy!

Never one to miss a good photo opportunity, Barbie couldn’t wait to strike some poses…

Check out her glamour shots …







Catalogue, comic, flexi-disc scans


California Barbie, Danish advert, 1988



Thank you for California dreaming with us 🙂 

Barbie: alive, sporty and dancing

Presenting: six more Barbie print adverts to add to my collection. The following are all 1970s French ads of a sporting nature. As always thanks for looking 🙂

Barbie tennis and golf. 1970s. France.



Barbie Alive. 1970s. France.


For more superb Barbie print adverts check out my Around The World With Barbie page. 

Barbie 60s 70s Benelux France

France. 1960s.

Benelux. 1970.

Belgium. 1960s.

France. 1973.


Barbie and her friends comic strips. 1965. France.



Thank you for watching Barbie TV(TA) with us 🙂

Around the world with Barbie

barbie logo

Barbie is a popular US fashion doll created by Ruth Handler. Launched by Mattel in 1959, Barbie was inspired by the 1955 German Bild Lilli doll which was created following Lilli’s success as a comic strip character. As well as Barbie dolls, accessories, play sets and vehicles, the brand has appeared in books, clothing, cosmetics, video games, animated films, and a range of household goods. Barbie (along with her boyfriend Ken) has also appeared in the Pixar films Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.

TVTA has an extensive collection of Barbie ads from around the world, and is proud to present this country-by-country showcase of the enduring doll, her friends, clothing lines, accessories, play sets and other related merchandise. Enjoy 🙂

BARBIE: as advertised in France

Barbie bonjour Pif Gadget 816 FR 1984

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

Barbie Bonsoir Pif Gadget 816 FR 1984

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. La Journal de Mickey. 1983.

France. La Journal de Mickey. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

1960s. France.

1973. France.

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.


BARBIE: as advertised in the US

Barbie and Ken booklet. 1962. US.

Barbie, Ken and Midge Wardrobe Booklet, yellow version, 1962.

Barbie and Ken booklet. 1962. US.

Ken Mix ‘n Match Fashion Paks. 1962.

Barbie’s Fashion Shop. 1962.

Barbie Fan Club and Magazine. 1962.

Barbie and Midge Mix ‘n Match Fashion Paks. 1962.

Fashion Queen Barbie. 1962.

Barbie and Ken Fashion Patterns. 1962.


BARBIE: as advertised in Denmark

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Denmark. 1987.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1987.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1987.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1988.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1988.


BARBIE: as advertised in the UK

UK. Prima. 1987.

UK. Prima. 1987.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.


BARBIE: as advertised in Italy

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Barbie. 1986. Italy.


BARBIE: as advertised in the Netherlands

1987. Intertoys. Netherlands.

De Speelboom N°3. Nov. 1987. Netherlands.


BARBIE: as advertised in Benelux

Benelux. 1970.


BARBIE: as advertised in Belgium

1960s. Belgium.


official site: http://www.barbie.com/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie


Post updated November 2018 with new images.