Playing with Dolls

The Museum of Decorative Arts recently had an AMAZING Barbie Exhibition.Doesn’t that sound like the greatest thing ever? Well you would be right. It was truly amazing. It combined all good things: art, creativity, and nostalgia. We spent a good hour in the exhibit on the very last day of the show, talking about which Barbies we had, what games we used to play with them, and how much we missed when things were a little simpler.

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The exhibition was chronological, starting with the very first Barbie ever (above) and worked its way on from there.

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The weirdest part was definitely when they showed how the dolls were made. Complete with videos of dismembered doll parts and doll heads,it was slightly disconcerting.

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They also had small sets built to show how they take photographs of Barbie for the ads. For example, a movie set for an actress Barbie or an atelier for a fashion designer Barbie.

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Rainbows of Barbie clothes decorated the walls exiting the exhibit. They reminded me of the little cardboard boxes I would get for Christmas and birthdays as a kid, neatly organized and fitting an exciting new theme.

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I know there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Barbie in the last couple of years, but those dolls will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks to Barbie I can braid my hair (thanks long haired Barbie), feel completely confident in a head to toe pink glitter suit (pretty sure she was a design Barbie), and finish a puzzle in record time (the amount of Barbie puzzles I owned was embarrassing). Here’s to nostalgia and my early early years which I’ll never get tired of revisiting.

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