Though I did play with Barbies as a girl like most out there, it was more for roleplaying than anything to do with fashion. They were a toy just like any other. The Barbies were my actors and the clothes were just costumes. I’d be the one making up the characters and voices. However, even before Barbie, there have been other fashion dolls. Hell, the first fashion doll was the French Bisque which was from the 19th century. Nevertheless, there has never been a fashion doll like Barbie and never will. And even though Barbie is seen as a toy by most, there are plenty of people who never stop playing with them and even collect them. Yeah, it’s not just adult men who collect toys, you know. For decades Barbie has been used as a model to reflect fashion trends. But she’s hardly alone. In this post, I’ll show you how fashion dolls are an art form all on their own. Some of them might be fashion plates akin to others on the run way. Some might wear outfits from an bygone era or another culture. And some might be designed and dressed to resemble characters you see from pop culture whether they be movies, TV shows, books, and what not. Others may be famous celebrities. But none of these dolls were meant for little girls to play with. So without further adieu, here I bring you some of the many fashion dolls you might feast your eyes on.
- Those who like foreign films and crime would love this French gangster’s moll Barbie.
Now this might not be a Barbie. And I’m definitely sure she’s not supposed to be a French gangster’s moll. However, her outfit and facial expression suggests that she’s straight from a French gangster movie.
2. Experience late 1940s French fashion with this Christian Dior’s New Look Barbie.
Now this is the look that reestablished Paris as the capital of the fashion world after WWII. It was extremely popular in the post-war era.
3. Celebrity and historical figures are rather popular fashion subjects. This one is of Queen Marie Antoinette as she looked before the French Revolution.
Contrary, to popular belief, Marie Antoinette didn’t say “Let them eat cake.” She didn’t cheat on her husband (though I wouldn’t blame her if she did). She had no political influence on the French Court despite having a mother and brother ruling the Austrian Empire. And while her spending was very extravagant, it wasn’t unusual by French royalty standards.
4. Now here’s Barbie as Marguerite Gautier from the Greta Garbo 1936 film Camille.
Of course, we have to understand that Marguerite is the 19th century equivalent to a high class hooker. However, she does fall in love and succumb to tuberculosis during the movie.
5. All the way from Africa may I present to you Tribal Princess Barbie.
I don’t know about this one. Now I know there light skinned Africans but they mostly reside in the Sahara region. The outfit looks more like it’s from the Savannah. So my guess is that her mother was raped by a great white hunter.
6. For you Lord of the Rings fans out there, you might enjoy your very own Arwen and Aragorn Barbie and Ken.
You wouldn’t know it, but these two have a very huge age difference between them. I mean she’s like around 2800 years old. And he’s considerably younger. Then again, age may just be a number on Middle Earth.
7. Many fashion dolls depict fashion you’d see from foreign cultures. This one is from Korea.
Of course, this is a more historical dress. However, all East Asians seem to dress alike to be. Well, to an extent. Of course, I’m not as familiar with Korea as I am with China and Japan.
8. This doll looks quite captivating in her Edwardian corset, big hat, and hobble skirt.
The hobble skirt was a short lived fashion trend in 1910-1913. These greatly restricted mobility that women had to take very small steps.
9. For all you Greek mythology enthusiasts, you might be interested to see Medusa Barbie.
Yes, she might be pretty and even alluring. But you might take note that looking at her will get you stoned. And I don’t mean high. I mean literally turned into stone. Perseus had to use a mirror in order to kill her.
10. Say G’Day to this lovely Australia Barbie.
The only way you can tell she’s Australian is that she has a koala wrapped around her arm. Other than that, she can pass for either Indiana Jones Adventure Barbie or High Fashion Texas Cowgirl Barbie.
11. This Barbie is all dressed and ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Now this is definitely Chinese outfit, though retrofitted for modern fashion. Of course, she also has a rather interesting hairstyle, too.
12. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Victoria’s Secret Fashion Barbie.
I’m sure this Barbie Doll was definitely not made for children. And I’m positive she’s wearing an outfit no woman would actually wear. Yes, I don’t understand either.
13. Step into fantasy with your very own unicorn princess Barbie.
It’s what you get in a fashion doll when you have a fairy tell princess employ Lady Gaga’s fashion consultant. Seriously, I don’t know why they have the unicorn on the dress. I mean that’s crazy.
14. This Steampunk Barbie is geared up and ready for action.
Steampunk is kind of hard to explain since it employs Victorian clothing and steam technology in a sci-fi fashion. However, this doll might risk arrest for wearing a slutty outfit like that in Victorian London.
15. For all you Audrey Hepburn fans out there, you’ certainly delight in this fashion doll of her from Roman Holiday.
So Roman Holiday isn’t nearly as famous as Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Yes, the latter made Audrey into a style icon but it’s a highly overrated film. Roman Holiday, on the other hand, is very charming and wonderful all the way through. Seriously. Breakfast at Tiffany’s doesn’t even hold a candle to Roman Holiday.
16. Relive the Belle Epoque of late 19th century Paris with this Can-Can dancer fashion doll.
Despite that you see can-can dancers in a lot of media geared to PG audiences, the can-can wasn’t originally considered a wholesome dance in its hey day. This was because women typically wore dresses that made it difficult to go to the bathroom.
17. This fashion doll is decked in traditional garb all the way from India.
I know this isn’t bridal attire since Indian women typically wear bright red and a lot more jewelry. And I’m sure this isn’t really Barbie either. But I’ll take it.
18. Spring Fairy Barbie always has to have glitter on her wings.
Not sure what to make of that outfit though. But it seems to go nicely with the background. Think the wings are the best thing about it however.
19. Now this fashion doll holds flowers in both hands to celebrate the spirit of spring.
Now I’m sure this isn’t Barbie. But I also have no idea whether this is supposed to be a generic spring doll or depict an actual goddess or character. I just know it has something to do with spring.
20. Relive the glory of the British Empire and the Victorian Age with this Queen Victoria fashion doll.
Now this depicts the young Queen Victoria around her coronation when she’s only a teenager. However, I have to admit, that it does get a lot of her proportions right. Still, you’d never see such realism in a Barbie doll though.
21. Play a game of croquet with your very own Queen of Hearts Barbie.
Prettiest Queen of Hearts I’ve ever seen from Alice in Wonderland. However, you should be aware that she’s a real bitch who’s willing to decapitate people for the smallest offenses. Also, has a really nasty temper.
22. Enjoy the glories of Imperial China with Imperial Chinese Princess Barbie.
Actually she should be Ching Dynasty Princess Barbie. Because her qipao outfit is clearly Manchurian. Manchurians aren’t technically Chinese. Chinese robes open in the middle. Also needs to wear smaller shoes.
23. Now this angelic fashion doll certainly has an heavenly presence.
While angels are represented as lovely human beings with wings, you’d be surprised what they look like in The Bible. Seriously, biblical cherubs don’t really look like cute chubby babies. Neither did Cupid in Greek mythology.
24. Now this doll wedding scene helps underscore vintage 1920s elegance.
Now this isn’t Barbie from what I can tell. However, I really have to scratch my head at people who want to throw Great Gatsby themed parties. Seriously, I wonder if these people have any idea what the book is really about.
25. Enjoy the magic of Roma with this lovely Italian Barbie.
Now she’s certainly dressed like you’d expect in Italy. And she’s carrying her own basket with yellow flowers. Kind of prefer she carry cheese, bread, and other foodstuffs.
26. You can’t understand true love without Ken and Barbie as Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet: A Shakespearean play that depicts two teenagers getting together amid familial gang violence, getting hitched within days, and killing themselves. Yeah, really make all the wrong decisions there. Still, despite content is said to be one of the greatest love stories of all time.
27. Reenact the famous Andrew Lloyd Weber musical with Ken and Barbie as Erik and Christine from Phantom of the Opera.
Of course, it’s disturbing that everyone thinks the relationship between Erik and Christine is romantic. It’s not. It’s downright creepy. I mean the guy is selfish, controlling, manipulative, and not above kidnapping his “beloved” so he could force her to marry him. And yet, he’s seen as a sex symbol. Sorry, but Erik is a total bastard.
28. Enjoy the violet eyed splendor with this Elizabeth Taylor fashion doll in purple.
Yes, Elizabeth Taylor was one of Hollywood’s radiant stars. However, we should remember she was an alcoholic who was married 8 times. Twice to Richard Burton.
29. Love Pirates of the Caribbean? Well, you’ll adore this fashion doll of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Now that’s almost a dead ringer to the famous Johnny Depp character himself. Hope he doesn’t run into zombie pirates. Wish he had his hat though.
30. This Native American fashion doll is absolutely stunning.
Yes, she has blue eyes. But she has lots of feathers all over her. Besides, I like her better than the other Native American dolls I’ve seen on Pinterest.
31. Relive the magic of Camelot with Ken and Barbie as King Arthur and Guinevere.
This is from the Lerner and Lowe musical from the 1960s. I’m more of a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But my mom likes Camelot, so it goes on the post.
32. Of course, you can’t have a tribute to Las Vegas without Vegas Showgirl Barbie.
How else can I explain seeing Barbie in a scantily clad outfit with feathers. Wonder if it comes with drunk gambling addict Ken.
33. In outfits like these Ken and Barbie seem to go where no man has gone before.
In this Ken is Captain Kirk, one of the most alien STD laden men in the galaxy who can’t keep it in his pants. Barbie is Yeoman Rand, Kirk’s main squeeze who strangely disappeared after the first season.
34. Now this Margot Channing fashion doll won’t be had for the price of a cocktail.
Yes, this is Bette Davis in her most famous role from All About Eve. Of course, Margot is a great star, a true star, and will never be any less. Eve Harrington, on the other hand, is a scheming two-timing bitch played by Anne Baxter. Fasten your seat belts, indeed.
35. Relive the splendor of the Napoleonic Age with this Empress Josephine fashion doll.
Basically she was Napoleon Bonaparte’s shopaholic wife, whom he later dumped to marry an Austrian trophy princess. Well, he only did it because he wanted a son and she couldn’t give him one. Still, his love letters to her read a lot like crazy texts. Seriously, they’re hysterical.
36. Experience the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock with your very own Barbie of Tippi Hedren from The Birds.
Don’t worry I’m sure the birds won’t peck her to death. That would be Susanne Pleshette’s character.
37. This 1920s flapper Barbie plans to dance the night away.
Now I’m sure she’s not going to look as stunning as this when she wakes up with a hangover the next morning. Yeah, she’s going need something for that hangover.
38. Relive the glory of the Lord of the Rings with your very own Galadriel Barbie.
Not quite like Cate Blanchett but at least they got the dress right. And the hairdo as well. Hey, why buy a Barbie princess when you can buy a queen?
39. This Japanese Barbie has the elegance and charm like a geisha.
Okay, she looks like a geisha and I know what it is in Japan. However, I hope this doll comes with Samurai Ken. Love the parasol.
40. Come fly and swing with your very own Frank Sinatra fashion doll.
Yes, Old Blue Eyes has a wonderful voice, indeed. Too bad he manage to ruin it through alcohol and cigarettes. You know, basically the two substances that have killed more people in Hollywood than anything else.
41. Of course, this couple of fashion dolls are kind of on the dark side.
Yeah, they kind of look like a cross between Poldark and Sweeny Todd. However, you have to go with what you have.
42. Of course, I can’t do a post on fashion dolls without including the one and only Marilyn Monroe.
Sure she might’ve died at home of an overdose at 36. But even so, she still remains an American beauty icon and Hollywood legend.
43. This holiday party Barbie is well dressed in a blue snowflake dress for all occasions.
Now they have a lot of holiday Barbies out there. However, this one with the dark hair, blue snowflake dress, and cameo pearl necklace is the one I liked best.
44. When it comes to fashion dolls, nobody seems to have more outfits than Scarlett O’Hara.
And this is just nine of the outfits she wears in the whole 4 hour movie. And yes, there are many more where that came from.
45. Whistle while you work with your very own Snow White fashion doll.
Okay, I’m fine with Disney lying to me about my prince coming when I’m lying stone cold in a glass coffin. However, I’m not sure if I can forgive Disney for lying about the woodland creatures wanting to clean my house. Now that’s really low.
46. Travel to wonderland with this Alice in Wonderland fashion doll.
Kind of looks like an emo Alice to me for some reason. Also, I’m not sure if she looks like the Alice from the Disney movie. Probably not. Not from the Tim Burton one either.
47. Now here is Barbie dancing as the swan princess of Swan Lake.
Let’s hope this isn’t Barbie as Natalie Portman’s character from Black Swan. Then again, for something seen as feminine, ballet seems to be shockingly tragic, creepy, and practiced more like a sport.
48. This Japanese fashion doll is rather resplendent in her flowery kimono.
I can tell this is a Japanese doll since she’s wearing a kimono or two. However, I do love the red flower in her hair. This might be a foreign doll, by the way.
49. Of course, experience the magic of the Kit Kat Club of Weimar Germany with these Cabaret Barbies.
Yes, the dancers tend to dress like that in the movie. Of course, I didn’t include the emcee since he was a guy in the film. Nor did I include Sally Bowles either.
50. Now this Spanish fashion doll is certainly a charming senorita.
Now I don’t think she’s a flamenco dancer since she lacks castanets. However, I love her beautiful black lace on her red dress, fan and veil.
51. Now this Indonesian Barbie wears a dress that makes her a perfect Southeast Asian princess.
Well, I have to remind you that all Asians don’t necessarily look alike. Besides, many of them also have their own unique culture. Also, love her crown.
52. This lovely Chinese Barbie is lovely in her red, flowery dress.
She even has a baby panda on her arm. I also really like her earrings and hairstyle, too.
53. This Ghost Bride Barbie is so beautiful that she’s doomed to haunt your dreams.
Looks like Ken really screwed her over in life. Now she’s haunting his dreams and home so she can make him pay.
54. This lovely Barbie seems like a gracious hostess for afternoon tea.
They have a lot of Victorian fashion dolls. This fashion is from the 1870s and 1880s since it features the bustle. It was supposed to enhance women’s rear ends.
55. Capture the essence of the Pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America with this Mesoamerican spirit Barbie.
Of course, I’m sure she might ask for some human sacrifices. Maybe a lot of them. You know that almost every Meso and South American indigenous culture practiced it.
56. Experience the battlefield with your very own Civil War Nurse Barbie.
Hope she has a Civil War Surgeon Ken. Now I guess he has his own surgical instruments, including his amputation saw. Bet his outfit is covered with blood that it can’t be shown.
57. Now this Queen of the Galaxy Barbie is certainly out of this world.
Now this seems like it’s straight off from Lady Gaga’s wardrobe. Then again, she kind of reminds me of some character you’d see from a 1980s sci-fi movie. Maybe she should get together with Captain Kirk Ken.
58. Relive the glory of Imperial Russia with this Russian Princess fashion doll.
Of course, if she’s a member of the Romanov royal family, I’m sure that things won’t be looking good for her once October 1917 flies in. Yeah, sad that this resplendent beauty will soon become a Bolshevik shooting target.
59. This Native American Barbie is clad in her very own fringe dress and buckskin coat.
Man, she seems to have rows and rose of fringes. But she also has a lovely trimmed buckskin coat trimmed with fur.
60. This flapper fashion doll is all dolled up for a 1920s party.
Yes, she’s in shimmering silver from her jewelry to her furs. Her gown is made almost entirely of silver lace. Probably paid a pretty penny.
61. Take a trip down the Nile of Ancient Egypt with Egyptian Queen Barbie.
I wonder if this one comes with Egyptian Pharaoh Ken, who’s most likely her brother. I mean you know what these Ancient Egyptian royal families were like. An Egyptian royal who doesn’t marry their sibling is usually killed by them. Relatives were always after the Pharoah’s throne.
62. Of course, where would a Scarlett O’Hara fashion doll be without her Rhett Butler?
There are quite a few Rhett Butler fashion dolls out there. However, none of them seem to be as good as this incarnation. And this is his signature look, by the way. Besides, frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.
63. Nothing is as stunning south of the border than a Mexican Barbie.
Not sure if she’s dressed as a bullfighter. However, I can tell she’s Mexican because she is wearing a sombrero. And it’s matching with her outfit.
64. Nothing is more exquisite at a haunted house than a Dark Bride Barbie.
Now this is a lovely bridal outfit. Love the bouquet of roses. Wouldn’t be surprised if Morticia Addams wore it on her wedding day.
65. Hope Jazz Diva Barbie sounds as good as she looks.
Reminds me of the film noir jazz singers you see in smoke filled night clubs. Probably has a lot of hard boiled detectives and crime.
66. Relive the forbidden romance with this fashion doll of Anna Karenina.
Now I’m not really much of a fan of Anna Karenina. I think she was just really immature who had absolutely no idea about to have a healthy relationship. Not to mention, she was so wrapped into Vronsky that she didn’t try to get a new hobby. And then she threw herself in front of a train.
67. South Asian Dance Barbie is dressed in such exquisite attire.
Not sure which country she’s from. Certainly it’s not Nepal since that’s in the Himilayas. And she’s certainly not dressed for that weather.
68. Now this Belle fashion doll wears a gown for a romance that’s a tale as old as time.
However, we should note that her boyfriend is a total beast. I mean the guy practically kept her his prisoner until she fell in love with him.
69. Hope Diamond certainly knows how to dress for an evening.
Of course, the Hope Diamond is now in the Smithsonian. And it’s said to bring a lot of bad luck to its owners.
70. Now Russian Barbie is certainly a rare winter beauty.
Let’s hope that she’s bundled up to face the harsh Russian winter. Then again, Russia is a rather crazy country. Not to mention, there’s also Putin she might have to deal with. And the Siberian gulag if it still exists.
71. This blushing Barbie bride looks simply stunning for her big day.
You see a lot of bride fashion dolls. And it’s no wonder with how the wedding industry is like these days. But this is one of my favorites.
72. Of course, those who love Ava Gardner should get a fashion doll of her from The Killers.
Her performance in The Killers was said to make Frank Sinatra so infatuated with her that he abandoned his wife and kids for her. Of course, they were a great match made in Hollywood (sarcasm). Actually their relationship was rather tempestuous and dysfunctional.
73. All that glitters on this Barbie is golden.
Now this reminds me of something Lady Gaga would wear if she was doing the theme from Goldfinger. Of course, that would look uncomfortable on a normal person.
74. This Gypsy fashion doll shakes her own tambourine for her keep.
I’ve seen quite a few gypsy fashion dolls. But I think this one is especially lovely, especially the dress.
75. Relive the experience of Titanic with this Rose DeWitt Bukater fashion doll.
This is what she wears during the scene when Leonardo DiCaprio says, “I’m king of the world!” Of course, I’m sure the raft could fit her and Jack. Seriously, Jack shouldn’t have died. Still, Rose was a mutant born with super insulating skin that made her withstand extremely freezing temperatures. That’s why she survived the Titanic.
76. Experience the magic of Rio with your very own Brazilian Barbie.
Of course, she has a knitted blanket over her white dress. Not only that, but she’s just the right skin color of many Brazilians. A really good way to represent the country.
77. Welcome to the haunted mansion with your hostess Haunted Matron Barbie.
You might want to stay close to the candles because the stairways can be quite treacherous. Also, it might contain all kinds of things that might want to kill you.
78. Enjoy the carefree South Pacific Islands with your very own Polynesian Barbie.
Of course, being from the South Pacific, she always has to be covered in vines and flowers. Still, love her blue and flowery dress. Wonder if Polynesian Ken looks like Troy Polamalu though.
79. For those who love to laugh, this Carol Burnett fashion doll is just perfection.
Can’t do a post on fashion dolls without including this one. Love her Scarlett O’Hara curtain dress by the way. “I saw it the window and just had to have it.”
80. Experience the magical world of Harry Potter with this Harry Potter fashion doll.
Now they have a lot of Harry Potter fashion dolls out there. Still, I have yet to see a fashion doll of Yule Ball Ron Weasley. Now that would be funny.
81. Of course, when it comes to First Ladies, you can’t talk about fashion legacies without this Jackie Kennedy fashion doll.
Now this is the outfit she was wearing when her husband got shot in Dallas. Not sure what to think about the doll company who made this. Yeah, it’s kind of insensitive but it was an iconic look.
82. Join in the luau with your very own Hawaiian Barbie.
Nothing says Hawaii than a flower lei and a grass hula skirt. Comes with her own sea turtle. Sad that she doesn’t have a coconut shell bra.
83. Those who love Mommie Dearest and Mildred Pierce certainly can’t go without their very own Joan Crawford fashion doll.
Of course, we’re not sure how much is true about Mommie Dearest since a lot of people who knew her spoke out against it. However, she certainly looks lovely in this black and white dress.
84. May the odds be in your favor with your very own Katniss Everdeen fashion doll.
This is her from Catching Fire when she had to go back to the arena for the Quarter Quell. Still, they have quite a few Hunger Games fashion dolls. Love to see how many Effie Trinket has.
85. Relive the golden days of Tudor England with this fashion doll of Elizabeth I.
Yes, she wore a lot of big dresses in her day. However, contrary to the Cate Blanchett movies, if she was a virgin when she became queen, she’d more likely remain one for the rest of her life (since she had no privacy whatsoever and knew how to keep it in her pants). Also, it’s very likely that she remained single for good politics.
86. Rule the universe with your very own Space Queen Barbie.
Looking at these Barbie sci-fi outfits makes me wonder if they have any David Bowie Ken dolls. Ziggy Stardust comes to my mind.
87. Stroll down the streets of Paris with your very own French Barbie.
Of course, French Barbie wouldn’t be French without her beret and baguette. Then again, she might also like to have a laid back European lifestyle the French are famous for.
88. Travel throughout Middle Earth with this fashion doll of Legolas.
Yes, this is the Middle Earth heartthrob that jump started Orlando Bloom’s career. And his dad isn’t bad looking either and even rides on a deer as well as has his own antler throne.
89. Commemorate the royal wedding with Ken and Barbie as Will and Kate.
Hard to believe that these two now have two little kids named George and Charlotte. Well, I think it’s nice that the royals allowed William to marry whom he wanted and when he wanted. I don’t think it was the case with his dad.
90. This Lady Liberty Barbie is clad in red, white, and blue.
Yes, it’s kind of emphasizes that Barbie might be America’s Sweetheart. However, at least she has a rather friendly disposition and tries to be accommodating to diversity. Unlike the blonde women of Fox News.
91. Vampire Queen Barbie wants to suck your blood.
One of the only Barbie dolls I’ve seen with fangs so far. I’m sure Hapless Human Ken doesn’t have much time to live. Love the hair and dress, by the way.
92. Grim Reaper Barbie shows up when your time is up.
She may look dark but she’s never good or evil. Do not resist her when she comes to collect you because you can’t.
93. Mexican Dress Barbie always travels with her little chihuahua.
Now Mexican Barbie is clad in a pink dress striped with lace and ribbons. Of course, I wonder if there’s a Mexican Ken as well. Then again, he might be dressed as a more stereotypical bandito.
94. Chinese Empress Barbie rules in Imperial splendor.
Of course, she’s clad in yellow and pink from almost head to toe. We should remember that in Dynastic China, only the Imperial family were allowed to wear yellow. Everyone else wasn’t.
95. Explore the cultures and wildlife of Africa with this African Barbie doll.
Just so you know, Africa is a nation of highly diverse wildlife, nations, and cultures. I only called this doll African Barbie since I have no idea which country she’s supposed to be from. Yet, I know it’s either from the west or the south.
96. Lead your very own Rebel Alliance with your very own Princess Leia fashion doll.
This is the Slave Leia one from Return of the Jedi. It’s one of Princess Leia’s iconic looks. Of course, Jabba the Hutt better watch out.
97. Now you can be your own superheroine with Wonder Woman Barbie.
Now Wonder Woman is one of the more definitive female superheroes. However, I don’t think fighting crime in a cape and scantily clad outfit is a good message to send to young girls.
98. Celebrate the tribal culture in Africa with South African Barbie.
Now this is a good representation of African tribes. A lot of women in Africa are actually dress like that and in a lot of different groups, too.
99. Publicity Tour Barbie is certainly ready for the experience.
Yes, she’s on her long tour with style and sophistication. Of course, she comes with an agent who’s pressuring her into this.
100. Now Hard Rock Cafe Bass Barbie has decorated her instrument with style.
Of course, she also has a lot of tattoos on her arm as well. But she seems to have a lot of good taste. Sure this doll wasn’t made for kids.