What is Barbiecore? My god-father dressed my Barbies. – Natalia Willmott
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What is Barbiecore? My god-father dressed my Barbies.

Barbiecore is a fashion trend that draws inspiration from the iconic doll, Barbie, and is characterised by the use of bright, vibrant pink.

The trend has been around for a while, with themed Pinterest boards dating back to 2019. However, it has gained popularity recently, with the term "Barbiecore" spiking on Google starting in June 2022. The trend has been spotted on celebrities like Lizzo and Florence Pugh, as well as on runways like Valentino.

Barbiecore is not just about wearing a certain shade of pink, but also about embracing the confidence and femininity that Barbie represents. The trend is not limited to fashion, as it has also made it's way into home decor. Barbiecore is a nod to nostalgia and the resurgence of early-aughts fashion.

The trend has of course exploded with the new release of the 2023 "Barbie" movie directed by Greta Gerwig, starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken.

Barbie is a great time for me to remember my godfather Ray Aghayan. My sister and I loved Barbies and Ray along with his partner Bob Mackie designed three dresses for our Barbies. I thought it would be a good time to show them to you because they are absolutely fabulous. He had also given me a Barbie dressing room...I remember Barbie could spin in front of the mirror! It was black and turquoise...I wish I had kept it!

My godfather  was a renowned costume designer who worked in Los Angeles in the  film industry. He designed costumes for various films, television shows, and events. Some of his most famous designs were for Judy Garland's costumes in "A Star is Born" (1954) , Barbara Streisand's costumes in "Funny Girl" (1968) Diana Ross's costumes in "Lady Sings the Blues" (1972)  and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (I remember watching these on tv and the pride i had to have someone so talented as part of my family). With Bob Mackie they designed costumes for the most famous stars including Cher.

I think Ray would have loved the Barbie film! I certainly has brought back lots of memories for me. I certainly did love it- witty, fun ,fashion and memories what more could you ask for. Did you love it?

 

 

 

 

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