This is the first time that Barbie has received such an unconditional invitation by a French museum. 700 Barbie dolls are thus deployed on 1500 m2, next to works from the collections of the Museum (dolls, gowns), but also works by contemporary artists, documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize the "Barbie’s lives".

More than just a toy, Barbie has mirrored a culture and its evolution.
She began by embodying the "American way of life" before adapting to social, political and cultural changes and taking on a more universal dimension.

Independent woman, Barbie successively has been a high school pupil, university student, nurse and airhostess before exercising more than 150 professions, from the most traditional to the most avant-garde.

When she was launched in 1959, Barbie and her slender, curvaceous figure marked a revolutionary departure from the traditional baby doll.

Many couturiers have crossed paths with Barbie the "fashionista", and imagined the most extravagant and elegant outfits for her. The exhibition will feature several of these unique creations, by Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela and Christian Louboutin.

Barbie’s wardrobe, amply displayed for the event and reflecting evolving fashions, the museum will feature several of the most emblematic pieces in its collection.


From 10 March to 18 September 2016

Price                           Full rate, 11 €. Reduced rate, 8,50 €

Address                     107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris

Opening hours          Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm. Late opening Thursday until 9pm

Phone                         +33 1 44 55 57 50

Access                        Palais-Royal, Pyramides, Tuileries

1.Picture from Barbie’s Instagram account @Barbiestyle, 2015 © Mattel
2. Picture from Barbie’s Instagram account @Barbiestyle, Passage des panoramas, 2015 © Mattel
3. Picture from Barbie’s Instagram account @Barbiestyle, Jardin des Tuileries, 2015 © Mattel
4. Dior Barbie, for the Bar’s tailleur 50th anniversary, 1997 © Mattel
5. Mad Men Barbie, 2010 © Mattel
6. Barbie flight attendant, 1961 © Mattel
7. Barbie Diane Von Furstenberg, 2006 © Mattel
8. Karl Lagerfeld Barbie © Mattel