How many fashion enthusiasts sparked their earliest sartorial leanings by putting on fashion shows with their dolls, dressing them in velcro-affixed outfits and twisting their synthetic hair into fantastical creations? Recently, as Margot Robbie and the cast of “Barbie” have embarked on a world press tour for the upcoming film, Robbie’s stylist Andrew Mukamal has been living out that childhood dream, dressing the real life Barbie in one deliciously girlie look after another.
And we’re all living in a Barbie world this summer. Between the film’s painstakingly recreated Dreamhouse set, Ryan Gosling’s Kenergy, director Greta Gerwig’s film credentials, a boppy soundtrack from Dua Lipa and Ice Spice and a top secret script (what is it about?!), this is the most hotly anticipated film in years .
The stakes are high, but Mukamal has succeeded in feeding the fandom all it desires, dressing Robbie in a nostalgic parade of iconic Barbie doll outfit recreations and vintage pieces from Versace, Chanel and Moschino, many paired with custom Manolo Blahnik stiletto mules perfect for slipping onto those arched, immobile feet.
Paying homage to the doll that started it all, Mukamal styled Robbie for a Sydney event in a black and white minidress by Hervé Léger with white sunglasses and a waved ponytail to channel the very first Barbie doll, The Original, released in 1959. And because Barbie never takes a day off — and that includes at the airport — Robbie exited the terminal in Sydney in a vintage 1990s Chanel ensemble including a pink tweed blazer and chinos, once worn by supermodel Claudia Schiffer, complete with matching pink luggage from Streamline.
It’s a fun fashion history lesson we didn’t know we needed. Here, the details on Robbie’s top looks from the Barbie press tour so far.
Solo in the Spotlight Barbie in Los Angeles
Perhaps Barbie’s most glamorous look was saved for the LA premiere: a glittering black Schiaparelli Haute Couture custom-made gown by designer Daniel Roseberry. The form-fitting, hand-beaded black dress featured a red rosette at the calf and a tulle hem that fanned straight out for maximum drama, paired with long black gloves and a pink chiffon handkerchief, just like the 1960 doll. Lorraine Schwartz diamond necklaces and stud earrings solidified this look as a total showstopper.
Enchanted Evening Barbie in London
For the London premiere, Robbie wore a pale pink satin Vivienne Westwood gown with a rosette at the waist and long train, accessorized with a white ruffled shrug, satin gloves and triple strand of pearls. The look is almost an exact replica of the 1961 Enchanted Evening Fashion Barbie; she wore her hair in a high bouncy pony, while Robbie went for an updated chignon with face-framing pieces.
Totally Hair Barbie in Mexico
Crimped hair that cascaded almost to the floor was the calling card of this 1992 doll. A mass of crimped extensions by Robbie’s hairstylist Bryce Scarlett was paired with a multicolored printed dress from Emilio Pucci, pink Manolo Blahnik pumps, a Chanel bag and Taffin jewelry.
Pink & Fabulous Barbie in Los Angeles
It’s in the name! The 2015 Barbie doll was brought to life with a custom hot pink Valentino dress with a center cut-out and a yellow handbag that’s nearly identical to the doll version. Accessories include Pearl Assael jewelry, white Manolo Blahnik pumps and a sweet pink ride.
Day to Night Barbie in Seoul
Getting two outfits with one Barbie was the dream. For the Seoul premiere, Robbie wore two looks in one night: First, a white and pink Versace blazer and skirt set with matching boater hat, heels, handbag and a Judith Leiber Couture clutch shaped like a brick cellphone, befitting the 1985 doll.
The “night” look featured a prom-ready pink Versace dress with a sparkling body and tulle skirt tied at the waist.
Earring Magic Barbie in Mexico
Accessories took center stage with this 1992 Barbie doll game. A neon Balmain corseted minidress provided the base for chunky metallic star-shaped earrings and a matching dangling chain belt.
Vintage glam in Sydney
This Barbie was ready to party. German supermodel of the ’90s Claudia Schiffer was another dead ringer for Barbie, and this disco-esque chain mail look straight from the 1994 Versace archives, originally worn by Schiffer, had us seeing the double.
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