US: Mattel teams with Otis College of Art and Design for Barbie's Housewarming Party

Show features work by students studying on different courses across the College
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Mattel has partnered with Otis College of Art and Design on a Barbie’s Housewarming Party show, hosted in Santa Monica, CA.

The show will feature work created by Otis students that will be on view from January 18th to 20th 2014 (walk-thru), January 22nd to 29th, 2014 (window display) in a retail space adjacent to Nordstrom on level two of Santa Monica Place.

“Fashion is a major element of the experience at Santa Monica Place,” said Julia Ladd, AVP, Property Management.

"The Barbie Housewarming exhibit invites our community to experience the creative interpretation of both art and fashion in the work of Otis students.”

Peter Helenek, vice president of Girls Global Packaging at Mattel, added: “Barbie made major renovations to her Malibu Dreamhouse and invited Otis students to use her home and life as inspiration.

“Barbie is also a big supporter of young emerging talent, so it’s been a fun and exciting partnership.”

Barbie’s Housewarming show will feature work by students working on different courses across the College including:

  • Fabulous swimsuits and cover-ups (Fashion Design);
  • Chic interior accents and furnishings (Product Design);
  • One-of-a-kind paintings (Fine Arts);
  • Impressive guest house with pool, dance floor, and indoor/outdoor entertainment center (Toy Design); and
  • Short films about Barbie’s influence and impact on art and design (Liberal Arts and Sciences)

“Otis students have collaborated with some of the most well-known designers and artists,” said Rosemary Brantley, Chair of Otis’ Fashion Design programme.

“Barbie was the perfect mentor. She’s sophisticated, a world-traveler, and the ultimate fashionista.”

Natasha Carovska, a first-year student at Otis studying Liberal Arts and Sciences, examined Barbie’s cultural impact, and said: “With Barbie, we find that she is teaching the young girls of the future to grow up and follow their dreams. Barbie was really a breakthrough.

"An African American Barbie Doll emerged in 1968 when the civil rights movement was happening. In 1965 she was an astronaut, the same year the U.S. was pushing space exploration, and in 2000 Barbie was a presidential candidate. Barbie has had every single career under her pink belt as if to say, ‘Hey, yeah. I'm a girl. I can do anything and in heels, too."

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