Earlier this month I visited Paris, and on the occasion, I could not resist going to the Musée des Arts décoratifs (conveniently located just a few steps from the Louvre) to see the Barbie exhibition. I loved it! It’s not too big, so it won’t take too much time to visit, but it will take you on a fabulous drive on memory lane finding one or the other Barbie that used to be a daily companion back in the days and also making you realise that today, you live the life that you once imagined. Further to that, it is great to learn about Ruth Handler, the woman behind Barbie and how its success story started in 1959, and how the look of Barbie has been changing in recent years, responding more consciously to its influence on young girls with regard to their looks and bodies. If you can’t make it to Paris until September, you can also find out more on theweek.com who did a photo blog on the exhibition. Here are a few impressions:
This is not the only exhibition currently on display. We went for the combination ticket which also included entry to the “Fashion Forward – 3 siècles de mode” show: unfortunately, this was not really worth the money. It turned out to be a rather lacklustre display of a number of pieces in one large room, but then this was already it. Hence, you better spend this money on an overpriced coffee on Champs Élysée.