Doll Loving: LFW Designers Give Barbie A Makeover


Barbie has had a long love affair with up-and-coming London designers, we’ve seen her collaborate with Louise Gray, Roksanda Ilincic, and Gareth Pugh, and each time I have wished that I could buy up the fashionable doll.

Well it seems to celebrate her very own shop inside Selfridges my doll Barbie has been given a makeover by Sister by Sibling, Fred Butler and Nasir Mazhar, and this time doll lovers will be able to snap up the one-off dolls for £120 from tomorrow, August 6, **please, please let there be one left for me**.

Each designer has dressed five Barbie dolls, with their own unique style – so think pompoms from Sister by Sibling, incredible Lady Gaga-esq pieces from Fred Butler, and if you have ever wanted to see Barbie in a tracksuit you will love Nasir Mazhar designs inspired by his London Collections: Men collection.


Sister by Sibling are no stranger to working with my favourite doll, the London Fashion Week trio asked Barbie to be their model for their autumn/winter 2012 collection, and I am in love with how the knitwear label has dressed Barbie complete with doggy accessories.

“Barbie has come hot from the Autumn/Winter 2013 London catwalk of Sister by Sibling.  Along with Cara Delevingne we believe in head to toe dressing to make heads turn, even her pooch has that London style. Intricate and handcrafted by experts in our atelier, these outfits are pure couture, but only for Barbie. No reproductions allowed,” – Sister by Sibling Cozette McCreery, Sid Bryan, and Joe Bates.


The most craziest and out there of the designs has to be from accessories designer Fred Butler and I love how Gaga her geometric sculptural clothes and shoes are, plus I am totally loving Barbie’s bobbed hair – so cute.

“I tried to make each one quite different so they all had a character and it’s ended up looking like a girl band!  The Origami one was the most satisfying because all the sections slotted together perfectly, especially round her high heels, giving her a totally weird new shoe,” – Fred Butler.

barbie-nasir-mazharFresh from his first ever show during London Collections: Men, designer Nasir Mazhar has put together a very cool collection of luxury street wear including tracksuits, mini versions of his cult box peak cap, and as a menswear designer it would have been rude to leave Ken out who looks incredible in the designer’s his infamous bucket hat.

“I never realised how intricate it would be to recreate my collection in miniature for Barbie.  It was good to include Ken too so he could chaperone her,” – Nasir Mazhar.


All 15 of the dolls will be on display in Barbie’s new department within Selfridges London’s new 4th floor toy shop which launches this week. I can’t wait to see the store as it has a central totem pole-style display housing dolls from Barbie collections past and present, as well as archive and special one-offs – I am going to be in doll heaven!!!

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[Pics: Mattel]