Barbie doll, a fashion icon which is fancied by almost all the ages of girlhood, is a blazing fashion trail left by American toy-company Mattel, Inc. The doll was launched in March 1959 as a result of the idea of Ruth Handler, the co-founder of Mattel Toys. She once noticed her daughter Barbara becoming overwhelmed playing with a paper toy of teenage woman. During one of her visits to Europe, she came across a German doll called ‘Bild Lilli’ which was based on a comic character appearing in a daily. She then bought three Bild Lillis and gave one of those to her daughter. After returning to America, she took up the swashbuckling idea of sculpting a doll named ‘Barbie’ which is believed to be derived from her daughter’s name. Though this idea was not approved by her husband at the beginning, she pursued her exploration with the doll and designed it with all the reflection of times. She made a debut of the doll in ‘American International Toy Fair’ on March 9th 1959, which is celebrated as ‘Barbie’s Birthday’ officially till date.
‘Barbie’ is a girl doll in adulthood with all the accessories to be embellished with separately available outfits and adornment components. When the doll was brought into the limelight, there were lots of burlesque from the society, mocking the idea of Ruth Handler. However with the advent of this teeny adorable piece, all those parody got wiped away leaving the icon of fashion a rip-roar success.
Mattel acquired the patents for the doll ‘Bild Lilli’ in 1964 and German production of it was stopped. The first Barbie was adorned with a zebra swimming suit with a top knotted ponytail which was either ‘blonde’ or ‘brunette’. The clothes of this ‘Teenage fashion model’ were initially manufactured by Japanese homeworkers and designed by the Mattel’s fashion designer. There were critics with opposed statements about its adulthood design in its body parts. However all those were ruled out with the extensive liking of the piece in the world. The sales hit a billion dolls over 150 countries worldwide.
Ruth Handler gave out naïve clichés about the representation of the doll as ‘women has choices and it’s a reflection of it’. There are generations rolling down and down in the history’s timeline to mark up the fandom of Barbie and its strong sense of attractive profile.
The classy doll has brought immense liking in the hearts of all girl kids that they loved all the spiffy nature of the Barbie and enjoyed imaging themselves in the Barbie world. Barbie has always been an exemplary model of all the years from 1959 witnessing out all the fashions and trends. The doll has enliven the spirits of lots of girls for whom the Barbie stands out to be a best friend, adventurer and a confident partner. There are many other influences of this doll as taking characters in fictional tales, movies, animations, video games, apparels and paintings. There were Barbie themed coffee shops. There is also a part in Time Square renamed as ‘Barbie Boulevard’ for a week.