Can you believe it? Barbie is a half a century old (yet she doesn't look a day over 21 -- I need some of her beauty cream!). In honor of Barbie's birthday celebration, interior decorator extraordinaire, Jonathan Adler took a Malibu mansion and transformed it into a chic, Barbie dream house.
A bit of Barbie History: The first Barbie was introduced at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. She was Barbie, the Teen-Age Fashion Model. Ruth Handler, creator of the Barbie doll (and mega millionaire), says that "Barbie has always represented that a woman has choices... She had the clothes, for example, to launch a career as a nurse, a stewardess, a nightclub singer..." As of 2009, Barbie has 108 careers! Ken was introduced in 1961. Midge, the best friend, in 1963.
Last night, I ventured to Malibu for a look at the life of the original girl power doll, Barbie!
From a real Andy Warhol painting of the birthday girl, to a Barbie shrine room housing Barbie's from every era, a chandelier entirely made of Barbie hair, to custom B-embroidered carpet and lampshades, to a closet solely consisting of pink Christian Louboutin heels, to a Dylan's Candy Bar Corner, Barbie's dream house is both girly and glamorous (with loads of pink, naturally).
Here are some pics:
Click HERE for a dozen more pics (including the original Ken doll and Andy Warhol painting)!
Swag bag included the 2009 Bathing Suit Barbie, a Jonathan Adler for Barbie black and pink mini vase, a Barbie Heart Stila Eye Shadow Trio and Lip Glaze Set (an homage to the Stila/ Barbie collab), Dylan's Candy Bar Barbie through the years chocolates, and a Patricia Field for Barbie t-shirt that reads, "I want my dream house."
Hey, I'd settle for Barbie's dream house!