Barbie has been wearing heels for 56 years straight. Her feet have got to hurt. Good news for her: Those tiny feet are finally getting a break thanks to a new design that will allow her to wear ballet flats for the first time ever.
As Adrienne Appell, toy trend specialist for the Toy Industry Association, explained to ABC News, "The regular feet on the Barbie—she could wear flats, but they wouldn’t lie flat. Now, she has an adjustable ankle that allows her to wear flats. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Apr 08, 2015
BY: Lisa Hix (Collectors Weekly)
We got cable TV in 1983, the same year I discovered what I called “rock” music, thanks to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Since the “Thriller” video gave me nightmares, I wasn’t supposed to watch MTV, the all music-video channel that launched in 1981, but I did. Pretty much every kid I knew had it on in the background all the time. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Feb 19, 2015
Barbie is now accessorizing with a cute clutch, small computer, stilettos...and Wifi hardware?
Matel has created a new Barbie that can intelligently respond to its owner’s voice. Think Siri from your iPhone, but packed into a disproportionate doll wielded by small children with formative brains. It works by processing the child's voice and sending it through the internet to create a response. Then, at the end of the day the guardian of the child can (optionally) receive an e-mail with the day's conversational highlights. Read More
BY Ada Guzman
on Jan 22, 2015
Nigerian entrepreneur Taofick Okoya is making a name for himself with a line of dolls called “Queens of Africa.” After trying to purchase a doll for his niece at the store and finding only whitewashed toys, he realized stores in Nigeria were not carrying black dolls—and decided it was a major problem (which, of course, it absolutely is).
Okoya took matters into his own hands by creating products that “to promote a positive self-identity... as well as preserve African culture. Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Nov 25, 2014
Lena Dunham's mother, Laurie Simmons, is an artist known for her work with tiny models (hence Lena's movie Tiny Furniture), and dolls. Her work has evolved over the years from miniatures to life size, and now, real life (modeling a doll's life). You may remember her recent photography set, The Love Doll where a sex doll was posed in normal everyday scenes. This is fairly different.
This set is called Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See.
The above photo is from the How We See section of the series. Read More
BY Claire Filipek
on May 16, 2014
These are not your Grandmother’s porcelain collectibles.
Artist Jessica Harrison has created a new series of iconic porcelain figurines. Her new body of sculptural work features romanticized women in pastel ball gowns with tattoos covering their bodies. From neck to wrist, each woman is covered in ornate body artwork. Harrison has featured similar figurines in her work before, however, in a much more morbid light. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Dec 11, 2013
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
As children, dolls can be physical manifestations of our most intimate fantasy worlds. We can develop entire histories and personalities for our dolls, and they can help us to navigate the adult world. As we grow, we similarly idolize and identify with authors and fictional characters. The women writers whose work survives to today remind us that we’re not alone, that another woman somewhere understood our feelings about being human beings and about being women. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Dec 04, 2013
The photographer Lauren Poor can rarely be contained by the medium of photography; she builds monuments to fairy worlds, and she’s even turned her own apartment into a magical universe all its own. In her recent series Shrines, she examines the intersection of photography and fantasy, reconstructing visions from her own childhood dreams. Through the use of painting, dolls, and costuming, Poor is able to transcend the photographic and enter into a realm of girlhood imagination. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Nov 20, 2013
As children, many of us turn to our toys to navigate our developing identities. Sometimes, our dolls serve as surrogates; we parent them the way we see our children parenting us, and we identify with them. Photography operates similarly: as teens, we might dog-ear or collect magazine images that appeal to our expanding sense of self. Since so many dolls and photographs in mainstream fashion magazines present a grossly limited definition of femininity, it can be damaging to use them as a means of self-definition. Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on Jun 10, 2013
When the American Girl catalog would enter my household, I’d page through the overpriced accessories with glee. I had Kirsten, because I was vaguely blonde-ish, and she was my very best friend. We slept in the same bed every night, we joined my swim club’s American Girl Club and dressed in the same clothes (yup, I was the unfortunate child who was a Swedish pioneer for Halloween). Eventually she grew up and had to get her own miniature bed, which at the moment is being covered by several articles of clothes. Read More