The Barbie Exposition in Paris

A Paris Review by NY Mama – Ami Cadugan

A visit to the new exhibition,“Barbie – The Life of an Icon” makes a fantastic afternoon activity for girls of all ages. Located right next to the Tuileries Gardens, in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Barbie is spread out over two floors and showcases thousands of beautifully dressed and coiffed dolls – from the very first Barbie back in 1959, to the newly released Fashionista collection of diverse body type dolls, released in 2016.

“In attendance with another Mom and two excited 12 year olds girls – we were excited! Stuck for something to do one afternoon we suddenly remembered Barbie’s in Paris!  We headed straight to it”.

Barbie

by Ami Cadugan

From the minute you walk into the candy-pink doors to the moment you walk out, you are immersed in all things Barbie. So many dolls, in all different shapes, sizes and skin tones await visitors.

Barbie

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Clothes, shoes and hair also get their own spotlight.

Barbie

by Ami Cadugan

Barbie

by Ami Cadugan

Many people may not realize the reciprocal relationship that Barbie has with artists, fashion designers and “pop-culture”. Andy Warhol, Christian Louboutin, YSL and even Wonder Woman are being represented here (and they didn’t forget Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, either!)

Barbie

by Ami Cadugan

Running until September 18th, the show “provides two possible insights into Barbie’s lives,” the curator explains. “For children, by evoking the pure jubilation of a universally known toy, and for adults by placing this emblematic figure in her historical and sociological contexts since 1959.”

Barbie

by Ami Cadugan

Plan to spend about 1 ½ hours to get through two floors of wall-to-wall Barbie dolls. You literally walk through an “evolution” of Barbie and it’s awesome.

This is the perfect “mother-daughter” outing and it helps that the kids go for free. Don’t worry….they’ll make up for that when you “land” in the gift shop at the end of the exhibition. Be prepared – souvenir Barbie dolls can cost up to €150! If however, you escape unscathed, make sure to take your girls out for some of the famous hot chocolate at Angelina on the Rue de Rivoli, or walk through the Tuileries.Gardens, right outside the museum. Beauty knows no bounds!

Mama Tip: Don’t wear too many layers in here. Barbie’s not the only one under hot lights. There is also a play space for kids in here!

We had a great time. We discovered, learned and explored a lot about Barbie’s world and would definitely recommend it. By the way, since it’s 2016, Barbie is now a social media maven with her own Instagram account. So you can follow her @BarbieStyle

Ami Cadugan has two gorgeous little girls and lives in Paris. You can follow her @amitakesonparis on Twitter and Instagram.

MLP thanks you for this post Ami, it’s great!

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs – 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

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