The exhibition will feature dozens of rare and unique items from the Barbie archives in California
After the cultural phenomenon that was the Barbie movie – a release that had the whole world talking – the Design Museum has revealed that they’ve got a major retrospective in the works all about everyone’s favourite doll. Three years in the making, the exhibition will retrace nearly seven decades of history to tell the story of the iconic brand, with a particular focus on its design, in celebration of its 65th birthday.
The show comes as a collaboration with Mattel Inc. who’ve granted the Museum special access to extensive Barbie archives, meaning that there’ll be a lot of rare and unique items on display. These will appear alongside other key loans and acquisitions, all of which will come together to explore the story of Barbie, as well as fashion, architecture, furniture and vehicle design.
The exhibition will open in July 2024 and the full details are still to be revealed. But for a bit of an idea of what we can expect, Tim Marlow, Director and CEO of the Design Museum, said: “We look forward next year to displaying a whole range of eye-catching objects, some familiar but many never seen before, to showcase the evolution of design across the decades of Barbie’s world.”
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