The expo of Barbie in Paris was something of a childhood dream realized in adult form. Besides, even at the age of 21, I’m not at all ashamed to say that I am (and probably always will be) a fan of Barbie.
The exhibition is currently is le Musee des Arts Decoratifs and is free for EU citizens under the age of 26, 8.50 euro reduced rate and 11 euro at normal rate. Situated right next to the Louvre Museum, the nearest metro station is Palais-Royal. The exhibition is the first time ever that Barbie has been the highlight of an exhibition in a Parisian museum.
A Brief History of Barbie
Barbie is an icon, and as a self-confessed feminist, what I love the most about Barbie is probably that she was created by a woman for women. Created in the 1950s by businesswoman Ruth Handler, Barbie was named after Handler’s own daughter ‘Barbara’. Since Barbie’s creation, over a billion dolls have been sold.
Always ahead of the times, Barbie was one of the first women to be a surgeon, president and even the first person on the moon! During the past 50 years, she has had over 150 occupations. She truly is the leading woman of her life!
Barbie in Paris: The Exhibtion
From the very moment that you step into the museum, you exit reality and enter into a real-life adult version of the Barbie dreamhouse; all hot pink carpets, flamingo pink walls and sweeping staircases.
Separated into a number of different rooms, you are taken on an exploratory history about the history of Barbie and the ever changing nature of the doll. The first room explains that Barbie has her very own Instagram account (@barbiestyle) which is predominantly directed at adults who are fans of the iconic doll. This is followed by a general history of dolls and then rooms filled with Barbie designs and merchandise.
My favourite section of the exhibition was definitely being able to see Barbie’s family tree; her brief fling with Blaine before re-uniting with Ken is definitely a highlight that I wasn’t aware of (!)
The exhibition is between the 10th March and the 18th September: and a must visit if you’re as much of a fan of the doll as I am!