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Barbie brides

Will Ken finally settle down?

I’m not sure if Barbie has ever had a wedding that wasn’t annulled. I mean, how many times has she donned a wedding gown only to end up swinging single once again? Poor girl probably has a complex.

Maybe Ken will finally settle down once and for all, however, when he sees his best girl in Monique LHuillier. Barbie’s custom designed gown features a white silk lace bodice, full tulle skirt and a thick satin sash in sable with a rhinestone floral brooch. Her ensemble is completed with a faux diamond engagement ring (ooh, Ken), faux diamond stud earrings, lacey underthings, and an off-white garter embellished with a blue ribbon.

But if Barbie decides at the last minute that LHuillier just isn’t for her, she can simply trade places with the Carolina Herrera bridal Barbie (who wears a beautiful, beaded gown featuring ecru corded lace) or the Badgley Mischka bridal Barbie (who wears an a-line gown embellished with iridescent beading, rhinestones and embroidery).

13 Responses to “Barbie brides”

  1. Dataceptionist August 9, 2006 at 7:45 pm #

    Ooh I love the the Badgley Mischka!

  2. jenny August 9, 2006 at 11:44 pm #

    I actually saw this very Monique Lhullier gown on a bride in an episode of “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?” It was absolutely stunning on her, and the bride (perhaps a bit overzealously) decided to match her cake to her dress. Now, that’d be fine if you only went as far as a taffy bow and frosting swirls; but she was dead set on placing Swarovski crystals on the cake until the baker warned her that they could possibly pose a health hazard to those actually eating the creation.

  3. Ninjarina August 10, 2006 at 12:32 am #

    Oh my, that is beautiful!

    I immediately thought of Robert Best from Project Runway once you mentioned “Barbie” and “gowns.”

  4. Style Graduate August 10, 2006 at 9:13 am #

    Hmm. It makes me think of this post: http://mollysavestheday.blogspot.com/2006_07_01_mollysavestheday_archive.html#115290016410092725

    Not that there is anything wrong with the dolls themselves, or the dresses; they are beautiful. But I’m not sure how I feel about the extent of the idolization of weddings and brides that goes on. I am well aware that this is a wedding blog, but the fact that this stuff is everywhere out there is a sign to me that something is not quite right. :)

  5. Little Red August 10, 2006 at 11:10 am #

    The Badgley Mischka one is gorgeous!

  6. Twistie August 10, 2006 at 12:03 pm #

    That’s a scary article, Style Graduate! While I like pretty bridal gowns and fantasies about a singing/acting career, the thing that used to be positive about Barbie was the sheer number of solid, attainable professions she used to represent along with the big, glittery fantasies. I remember well when Barbie could be a vet, an astronaut, a teacher, a doctor (and not one whose primary job appears to be giving babies their bottles!), a nurse, a politician, or a soldier as well as an actress, a model, or a ballerina. She could grow our food as a farmer or make a killing on the stock market as a business woman. She could surf the waves or win Olympic gold as an athlete…or she could cheer the team on from the sidelines.

    I miss the Barbie who had choices. If she still could be an astronaut, I’d be happier about the designer line of wedding gowns.

    That said, these are lovely dresses. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but dammit, I want mine back!

  7. Never teh Bride August 10, 2006 at 1:52 pm #

    I’m with you on both counts, Style Graduate and Twistie.

    Little girls (and grown women) are still fed messages about fairy tale weddings and prince charmings and so on.

    And Barbie seems to have come full circle. She went from being a fashion icon to an actualized, empowered woman. And now she is back in the designer dresses, strutting her stuff on the catwalk.

  8. Jess August 10, 2006 at 2:30 pm #

    On the catwalk, yeah, on the catwalk…I shake my little tush on the catwalk.

    Sorry, NtB, but you totally got that song stuck in my head with your last line. Thought I’d spread the, er, joy.

  9. Style Graduate August 10, 2006 at 6:56 pm #

    The idea of Barbie lip-syncing to Right Said Fred is a little much for me! Haha!

  10. Dataceptionist August 11, 2006 at 12:41 am #

    I only had one Barbie, and she never had anything to do with profession! Totally hair Barbie! I didn’t know they came in professions!

  11. Never teh Bride August 11, 2006 at 9:56 am #

    Who remembers the Barbie styling head? That thing creeped me out!

  12. Twistie August 11, 2006 at 1:30 pm #

    OMG! That thing freaked me out right down to my socks! (shudders) I remember there were other styling heads, too. They bothered me. I had a nightmare about one once. I don’t like to talk about it.

  13. jenny August 13, 2006 at 9:36 pm #

    I LOVED the Barbie styling head! Except if you brushed too hard (and the hair was always ratty and snarly, no matter what you did), the head would become detatched from the neck/decolletage. You’d be left with a fairly heavy head swinging from the lock of hair that was wrapped around your brush.

    All right: maybe it was creepier than I realized at the time…