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Under the supervision of Anne Monier
Weight : 355 g

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17 x 23 cm
Arts Decoratifs Ucad
Bookshop, Youth, MAD's publications


"Barbie" exhibition presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from March 10 to September 18, 2016 Born in 1959, Barbie benefits for the first time in 2016 from a real invitation in a French museum institution, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

Born in 1959, Barbie received her first real invitation to a French museum institution in 2016, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. When she was born, her long legs, slim waist and advantageous chest were seen as a provocation. But its success is soon planetary. Because, beyond being a toy, Barbie is the reflection of the morals of an era and their evolution. She helped to spread the image of a prosperous and conquering America, embracing the social, political and cultural changes of several generations. Her features, European at first, gradually diversified to end up embodying a considerable number of ethnic types. She is in turn a teacher, a veterinarian, a flight attendant, an actress, an astronaut, an architect, a businesswoman... In 1989 she is an ambassador for Unicef, in 2012 a Barbie "Yes She Can" is released, today she has an Instagram account. Drawing from the unpublished archives of the Mattel house, highlighting a little-known historical heritage, this highly illustrated book, both serious and light, instructive and offbeat, sheds light on the star doll from unexpected angles. Not avoiding clichés but rather trying to put them into perspective, it studies Barbie's place in the history of toys and places her more broadly in the cultural and social history of the 20th and 21st centuries. He also evokes Barbie's family and her love life, her taste for fashion - which in turn inspired designers such as Christian Louboutin or Jeremy Scott - but also the behind-the-scenes of her manufacture or that pink that never leaves her. This book even contains an exclusive interview with Barbie by Frédéric Beigbeder! All of Barbie's paradoxes, ambiguities and eclecticism make this unique toy the seat of our enthusiasm or our reticence.