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Started by Fashion Doll Stylist May 7, 2013.
They look divine in everything!!!! The Baby Phat collection with articulated hands & legs are particularly pretty.
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Black Perkins, who is principal designer for Mattel Toys' fashion dolls, works out of a studio in a top-secret design center in El Segundo. Each year she creates 100 fashions for Barbie, the company's billion-dollar baby.
One recent morning, the designer, who herself is given more to velveteen stirrup pants and an oversized sweater, took time out from preparations for next week's Toy Fair in New York--where Barbie debuted in 1959--to talk about Barbie gowns and Barbie lingerie and Barbie . . .
Picking up a blond Barbie swathed in pink, Black Perkins with a gentle rip of Velcro removes a petal overskirt from Barbie's costume ball gown. Holding it to her face, she demonstrates how the overskirt doubles as a costume mask for Barbie's owners.
"Barbie's clothes are designed to have a lot of play value," she explains.
She holds up another Barbie. This one is wearing a ruffled pink overskirt that, detached and reattached as a hem flounce, converts a short gown to long. Or, Barbie can toss aside the ruffles, Black Perkins points out, tie on her pretty white apron and "she's ready to cook."
If most of those little girls who own a Barbie--and most \o7 are \f7 little girls--have never seen their mothers in either pink flounces or a frilly apron, never mind. Barbie doesn't concern herself with criticisms from feminists that she is a bimbo, a shop-till-you-drop airhead, a Barbie doll, if you will.
"This is not the way adults dress, and it's not the way \o7 they're\f7 going to dress as adults," acknowledges Mattel spokeswoman Donna Gibbs. But, she adds, "They \o7 live \f7 reality. They want to play fantasy."
"If it's pretty," Black Perkins says, "little girls want it." (If it's orange, or green, they probably won't, she has found.)
Black Perkins did not set out to become designer to the superstar of toyland. Growing up in South Carolina, she says, "I never had a Barbie doll." She was 28 before she ever \o7 saw\f7 a Barbie doll up-close-and-personal. That was one fateful day in the summer of 1976 when she answered a newspaper ad placed by Mattel.
During that job interview--to which she brought six years' experience designing clothes for real people--she was asked to take a Barbie home and to bring her back in a week wearing a Black Perkins creation.
What she created was a floral print voile jumpsuit with full, tiered legs and puff sleeves and matching wide-brimmed hat. "Really stylish," she recalled, "almost like a garden party outfit."
Yes thats true after talking to many collectors especially the male collectors they love the darker skin dolls- mattel lightened the darker skin play line because little girls could think she hispanic also so it was just a marketing ploy to sell more dolls. Most darker skin dolls dont sell well with children because they think there ugly or bad as many study has shown! I know some black mothers that would not let there child play with a white doll because of all the old stigma! I love the variit its the spice of life wheather is dolls or humans as long as there nice I like them. Im now going to post were it all got started with the black dolls
This group of dolls doesn't count as Barbie's friends but I want to put them here because there are so many beautiful Barbie dolls that wear their features. Ken and Steven also have got their new look from this line of dolls.
Shani was an black girl with really African looks. I can't ever get these name changes, but in Europe she was sold as Maoni. On the back of the first big oval box you could read this: "Shani means marvelous in the Swahili language...and marvelous she is! With her friends Asha and Nichelle, Shani brings to life the special style and beauty of the African American woman."
The dolls had an all new arm feature, known today as Shani-arms and the third* set of dolls got a new body shape. Referring to their skin tones - they are sweet as candy!
There were four sets of dolls in the Shani line: In the first oval box the three girls was released in 1991* and the year after Shani's boyfriend Jamal joined them. Beach Dazzle - the three girls only, box marked 1992. Beach Streak - all four dolls, and the girls had the new body. Box marked 1993**. Soul Train - named after a TV-show I think, all four dolls dressed in HipHop style. Their hats are made of the same material as the African American Collection Asha doll had her dress sewn from later - she had Shani's face! Boxes marked 1993.
Sears also had a Special Edition with the Beach Dazzle Shani and two sets of clothes**.
Welcome love my sis dolls Yes they do I went swap meeting and found 3 sis dolls all acking for a makeover
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