Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Vintage Barbie Fashions

I'm still feeling a bit knocked around from this darn cold so here is a little blog post I had saved in my drafts for the proverbial rainy day. Hope my readers are still interested in my Barbie collection!

Right from the outset, Barbie has been a fashion icon but it wasn't until I started collecting vintage Barbie items that I thought of her style as being inspirational to me! Pink is the main colour associated with Barbie now (at least, it was when I was little and buying Barbies) but looking through the vintage Barbie fashions, there is relatively little pink. The clothes, however, are all gorgeous. Here's a look at a few vintage Barbie dresses I own:

Titian Midge Striped Dress

{Titian Midge wearing Cotton Casuals #912}

I love the multi-directional stripes in this strapless number. The ribbons on mine have seen better days but, overall, this dress is in very good condition. 

Fancy Free

{Repro Ponytail Barbie wearing Fancy Free #943}

I love the use of colour in this plus it has pockets and ric-rac! Tiny little ric-rac on the teensy pockets. So cute. If only it came in my size! Sigh.

Blonde Midge Movie Date

{Blonde Midge wearing Movie Date #933}

The attention to detail in these vintage Barbie dresses is so impressive. The little bow, the layered fabric with a trim that matches the underlay...and they're so well constructed, too.

Here are a few that I don't have but would love (I also wouldn't mind these in my size, please!)

Andi B. Goode


  1. oh god! I love them all. I'll have one of each outfit in human size please.
    I'd love to keep seeing these posts

  2. these are wonderful, it's so refreshing to see Barbie in stylish grown up clothes rather than pink princess dresses! Have you seen this Barbie wearing Dior's new look from 1947?


  3. oh dear god, that ginger freckly Midge is just TOO good!

  4. LOVE Barbie! YOu have an amiazing colection, I also would like to have those clothes for me hehehe!

  5. You are right. Barbie was a real fashion icon in the 50's-60's but my 80's Barbies were like puffy cream pink cakes....

  6. You have such a lovely collection.

  7. Fabulous! I love how the mimic actual vintage dresses (for big women!) I've seen. Especially the blue and red ric rac dress.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  8. I love the pink dress that comes with the straw hat! Great inspiration for sewing.

  9. Wow, I can't believe how fantastic the outfits are! I would definitely like those in adult size. I hope you're feeling fighting fit soon!

  10. Barbie was always astonishingly stylish, and to think people sewed, knit and crocheted teensy little fashions for her. I've always thought that was amazing.

    I want the rick-rack trimmed dress and the pink striped sundress me-sized!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  11. What a stellar vintage Barbie collection, Andi. I'm a huge toy lover myself, and though I scaled back my collection a ton a few months ago (sold off to help raise funds for our move), I'll always adore toys and dolls, especially vintage ones (mine we modern - doubt I could have parted with vintage ones! ;D). Thank you very much sharing you thoroughly awesome collection with us, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  12. This post takes me back to the days when I was a teenager having just discovered how amazing vintage Barbie fashions were! I had a couple of identification books that I used to study and drool over the adorable 1950s/early 60s fashions. :)

    I actually have the dress to the Senior Prom set--but not the shoes (though I'm sure I could hunt them down on Ebay). Found it when I was a teen for $0.50 at a thrift store!

  13. Oh--and hope you feel better soon! :)

  14. i have recently gotten into vintage barbie stuff after seeing a beautiful collection for sale at an estate sale! the vintage clothes are so much prettier than the barbie clothes i had when i was a kid in the 80's.

  15. i own two of these dresses....would love to sell!

  16. i have 2 of these dresses and several others i would love to sell....


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