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The Art of Barbie

Foreward by Victoria Beckham and Elton John

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ISBN 10: 0953747921 / ISBN 13: 9780953747924
Verlag: Vision On Publishing Ltd 2000, 2000
Gebraucht Soft cover
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Titel: The Art of Barbie

Verlag: Vision On Publishing Ltd 2000

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: Soft cover

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The Art Of Barbie makes a conceptual plaything of the world’s most famous super-doll, delivering her up to
the most creative minds in contemporary fashion and art. Commissioned on the occasion of her fortieth birthday to raise funds for Sir Elton John’s Aids Foundation, this vivid doll’s gallery taps into the Warholian qualities of Barbie as archetype, inviting the cream of British and European fashion designers, artists, photographers and sculptors to customise the image of Barbie according to their own vision.

With forewords by Sir Elton John and style icon and Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, The Art Of Barbie is a multi-faceted visual seduction which works for kitsch fans, kids, couture junkies and culture theorists alike.

Through over one hundred photographs, the image of Barbie is transfigured as she offers herself up to fashion visionaries and innovative artists, providing a unique insight into the minds of each re-stylist as they react to the perverse gift of the ultimate bleached-out model. Leading players from fashion, including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier reinvent her in guises ranging from warrior-babe to pierced punk. A stellar list of artists spanning David Bailey, Paloma Picasso, Rachel Whiteread, Marc Quinn and Mario Testino celebrate, subvert and toy with her identity, posing Bill’n’Hillary as Ken’n’Barbie, entombing a doll in plaster or dressing Claudia Schiffer in a pink sequinned imitation of classic, bubbly 60s Barbie.

Conceived following a joint initiative from her makers Mattel, The Elton John Aids Foundation and Proud Galleries, The Art Of Barbie is probably the most articulate utterance ever made on behalf of a mannequin. A vibrant improvisation on the theme of Barbie, it confirms her status as cultural catalyst whilst raising vital money for people living with Aids and HIV. All Mattel’s licensing royalities from the book benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation.


"Unique and individual interpretations of Barbie by a diverse and glittering range of artists, photographers, designers and sculptors." -- The Daily Telegraph

Some people will be fascinated with the book itself, others will have an interest in the fashion element, and others will be curious about the artists’ visions. -- Time Out

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