Barbie Exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Discover Barbie from all different angles at the decorative art museum Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It’s a fantastic exhibition not to be missed, showing Barbie as more than an icon. The Musée des Arts Décoratif is inviting Mattel and their famous Barbie for a large exhibition with more than 700 Barbies and styles, from March 10th to September 18th 2016, to shed light on Barbie’s evolution through a changing society since 1959.

What would you say to seeing Barbie in all of her outfits along with dozens of photos? That’s exactly what the Musée des Arts Décoratifs will be showing for this beautiful exhibition.

While Fashion Week is happening in Paris, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is displaying the different lives of Barbie, perhaps one of the world’s most radiant female figures, with the more than 150 occupations she has held and her to-die-for wardrobe acquired over 50 years.

Barbie, la grande exposition au Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Beyond showing beautiful outfits, this exhibition is a journey through time with Mattel. Since January 28th 2016, Barbie is no longer Barbara Millicient Roberts, the fictitious character originally from Wisconsin, of a blue eyed blonde with a svelte plastic figure collectively fantasized about. Now, since January 28th, 2016 Barbie is not just a woman, but a standard bearer for femininity. And since there are as many representations of femininity as there are women, Barbie is now made with four different silhouette types, seven skin tones, and more than 20 different eye and hair colors.

Barbie, la grande exposition au Musée des Arts Décoratifs

In the design and fashion collections, more than 700 styled dolls are displayed in scenes that emphasize the stylistic and societal evolution that has taken place in the US since 1959. From the first Barbie in her bathing suit from 1959, to the fashion victim Barbie in 2015, more than 55 years of fashion and American culture are represented, from Astronaut Barbie in 1965 (4 years before the first trip to the moon) Surgeon Barbie in 1973, and don’t forget Presidential Candidate Barbie from 2000.

Barbie, la grande exposition au Musée des Arts Décoratifs

For younger audiences, this is the occasion to see more than 700 Barbie outfits, with creations by Thierry Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Agnès B, Cacharel and Christian Louboutin for Mattel and their Barbie. And on our end, beyond admiring the outfits, we can also cast a critical eye on the changes made throughout the years to this doll, which has often been seen as a sexist figure that doesn’t respect female morphology, creating complexes among young girls.

So don’t miss out on this chance to discover the Barbie doll!

Useful Information:
Barbie exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
From March 10th to September 18th, 2016
Where: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivolei, 75001 Paris
Hours: 11am-6pm Tuesday- Sunday, Thursdays open late until 9pm
Prices: 11 euros, 8.50 euros for reduced price tickets, free for under 26 years old
Photo Credit: Mattel 

Elodie D.
Last updated on 11 March 2016

Practical information

Opening Time
From 10 March 2016 to 18 September 2016



    107 rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris 1

    -26 ans: Free
    tarif réduit: 8,5 €
    tarif normal: 11 €

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    Horaires : 11h-18h mardi-dimanche, nocturne jeudi jusqu'à 21h

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