Barbie Couture - A Cultural Icon Inspires an Exquisitely Knitted Wardrobecomments (4) June 23rd, 2008
For many little girls, Barbie was the ideal role model of sophistication, fashion and adventure. At seven we wanted her figure, her high fashion wardrobe, her fascinating career and Ken as the faithful escort. It was not only children who were inspired by her irresistible charms. Many adults secretly loved the miniature beauties and dedicated countless hours creating meticulously detailed wardrobes for them. My Grandmother, for one, sewed original designs for Barbie using material from her sewing scraps. Robes, dresses and even tiny short sets were lovingly made and treasured by me and my sisters.
Mary Ray, fellow CraftStylish blogger and Contributing Editor of Threads Magazine, shared with me a remarkable cache of Barbie garments her Aunt meticulously designed and created. Back in the 1960’s, Mary’s Aunt knitted this timeless fashion not for daughters, grandchildren or nieces but for her own pleasure. Imagine her joy to be able to create a wardrobe of perfect garments using the finest materials to adorn the perfect model. This clever woman got hours of enjoyment designing and knitting playscale fashion in her spare moments without straining her budget. The most fascinating aspect of this story is that Mary’s Aunt created her Barbie fashions in secret. No one in the family knew of her hobby until after her death.
The joy of knitting transcends the process of creating a garment to wear in public. What is your secret knitting passion?