I vividly remember receiving my very first Barbie doll as a child. She came dressed in pajamas without any extra clothes and I recall wondering what the hell I was supposed to do with a doll that was wearing something fit for nowhere but a night in or maybe a trip to her local Wal-Mart.
I can’t remember what her name was, though I’m sure it was something predictable like Pajama Barbie, and she quickly became the outcast when my other, more ambitious, Barbies arrived on the scene. You know the ones. Pilot Barbie, Doctor Barbie, Firefighter Barbie — Barbies that were actually doing something with their lives instead of loafing around in their pajamas all day.
I owned more than a dozen, but even the most prized doll in my collection pales in comparison to most of the Barbies I find in the toy aisles while shopping for my daughter. Barbie’s flair for fashion is really spot on these days. Maybe that’s because she receives help from people like Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame.
Gunn recently styled two dolls for the Barbie Collector series and suddenly my 3-year-old daughter is an excellent excuse for why I need to own these. The dolls plus their accessory pack come with everything from buckled booties to a houndstooth scarf. They even have their own snappy handbags complete with smartphones. That Tim Gunn thinks of everything.
The dolls will be available for purchase for $30 each in Target stores this August or on barbiecollector.com.
Photo credit: Barbie on Twitter