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Barbie – Reliving Her, Again & Again, Through These Books

Barbie is more than just a doll. It’s an emotion, a dream, an inspiration. So if you want more of that magic in your life, here are some publications that will give you a lifetime supply of happiness.

The Barbie fever is not finished yet. Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling not just bought this beloved-yet-controversial doll back to the fore with their movie Barbie, they also cemented her position in history. The movie might not have won any Oscars – except for the Best Song for What Was I Made For? – but it did win many hearts.

Capturing the dream and imagination stoked by Barbie – the doll and the movie – are four beautiful recently released books. So if you haven’t had your fill of Barbiecore yet, pick these up.

1. Barbie: The World Tour

Barbie World Tour Rizzoli

Perhaps the most talked about aspect of the Barbie movie was the fashion. How Margot Robbie was transformed into a life-size doll is a feat of carefully crafted attire, precise make-up and brilliant jewelry. Margot Robbie and her stylist Andrew Mukamal pored over archival material to understand and reinstate the many glamourous looks of Barbie from over the years. She was a trendsetter after all. Many of these looks were worn during the press tour of Barbie, some not. But that’s the interesting part. The book shows not only the looks that the world saw, but also those that the world missed.

Barbie World Tour Rizzoli

Published by Rizzoli, the coffee table book decodes each stop, each look, and how it was materialized. From a designer hunt to even matching the tiny gold hoops, Ms. Robbie and Mr. Mukamal remember their inspirations, their trials, and their eventual joy. If you are a fashion addict, then this book should certainly be in your library.

Barbie World Tour Rizzoli

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2. Barbie

Barbie Assouline

This one focuses on the doll – that magical piece of plastic that gave dreams to millions of girls around the world. From a doctor to a UNICEF ambassador to a chef, Barbie assumed many roles, giving women around the world the inspiration to be anything. Born in 1959, that was the message that women needed.

Barbie Assouline

Traveling through the many eras of Barbie, this coffee table book, written by Susan Shapiro and published by Assouline, follows the timeline to see how Barbie evolved over the years. From the 1950s to the 2020s, the author travels through the history of this beautiful, well-moulded doll – who, by the way – eventually reimagined her hourglass shape due to the many concerns about body shaming.

Barbie Assouline

From conventional to non-conventional, Barbie’s journey – and that of her creator Ruth Handler – has been as turbulent as that of many women around the world. From giving inspiration to retuning herself to the world, Barbie has seen much. It’s time her true story was told.

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3. Barbie (Screenplay)

Barbie Screenplay Cover Faber Faber

If you are into collecting memorabilia, this paperback publication will complete your set. Written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, this is the original screenplay of the movie Barbie. Though you have seen the movie, the screenplay will give a glimpse into how magic is created. Published by Faber & Faber, it’s a keeper, especially if you have younglings at home who are impressionable. So instill some inspiration in them, and add this to your cart.

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4. Barbie: Her Inspiration, History & Legacy

Barbie Epic Ink

Written by Robin Gerber, and published by Epic Ink, in collaboration with Mattel, this book celebrates the 65th anniversary of the birth of the doll Barbie. To be launched on April 16, 2024, the book reiterates the history of this beloved toy that transcended to become more.

Barbie Epic Ink

 

This is not Ms. Gerber’s first book on Barbie, but it certainly is all-encompassing. It not only talks about the birth of this famous doll, but also the effect it has had on women, designers, pop culture, and global history in general. After all, what other toy could have had such a lasting impact? Today, there are many playthings that fulfil that role. Barbie was the only one in 1960s. It was truly iconic in multiple ways.

Barbie Epic Ink

If you are from that Barbie generation, this publication will certainly resonate with you. Immerse yourself in her life.

Buy it here.

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