Barbie through the years

Since 1959 Barbie has always been at the cutting edge of fashion and seen many changes to her look, mimicking the fashions of the time and taking her cue from cultural trends...
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The Fifties

1959

The first Barbie is launched at New York Toy Fair as a ‘teenage fashion model’.

The Sixties

1962

Barbie’s first change of hairstyle, sporting a new bubble cut.

1967

Twist ‘N Turn Barbie, with a new moveable body, saw the doll donning more daring sixties fashions.

1968

Talking Barbie was introduced

The Seventies

1971

Live Action Barbie had well and truly turned on, tuned in and tripped out.

1977

Superstar Barbie, complete with Ken doll, went disco with plenty of polyester glam and all new Star-vette car.

The Eighties

1980

The Eighties were a golden decade for Barbie as music and fashion took centre stage. The first African-American Barbie was launched as well as an Hispanic version.

1984

Crystal Barbie was one of the decade’s best-selling Barbie lines.

1985

Day to Night was a typically Eighties busy executive in the day time and a high-fashion sophisticate by night.

1986

Barbie and the Rockers was all about music, shoulder pads and big hair.

The Nineties

1992

Totally Hair Barbie is the best-selling doll to date, with the longest hair ever seen on the doll.

1997

Frankie Goes to Hollywood Barbie? No it’s a Harley Davidson attired version.

1998

Cool Blue Barbie adopted an earthy new-bohemian look.

1999

Generation Girl Barbie goes for a street-fashion image.

The Noughties

2000

The first Barbie of the new millennium was Jewel Girl Barbie – the first to have a belly button.

2002

Pop Sensation Barbie capitalised on the pop talent show craze

2005

American Idol Barbie continued the trend.

2008

Today’s Barbie continues to stay on top of the latest fashion trends.

Famous Barbie

The Barbie range has also included some famous faces over the years including Cher, James Dean, Beyonce, Elvis, Liz Taylor and Diana Ross.

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