Developed by The Children’s Museum and toy company Mattel, Inc. to mark the 50th anniversary of Mattel’s iconic doll, Barbie™: The Fashion Experience took a look at the role of Barbie™ as a fashion icon through the years. Included in the exhibit were rare Barbie® dolls, along with examples of gowns and other garments created for Barbie by such renowned designers as Bill Blass, Bob Mackie, and Vera Wang.
Andy Warhol’s painting of Barbie was also on display for the first time outside of the office of Mattel, Inc.’s president. Children and families could design their own clothing, model on a fashion runway, and see life-sized Barbie-inspired fashions from designers including Betsey Johnson, Nicole Miller, and Rachel Roy. The exhibit was open from December 19, 2009 through March 31, 2012.