Mattel’s Barbie and Harlem’s Vogue Row are making a press release within the title of New York excessive style.
In a recent collaboration, the 2 are celebrating the works of three Black style designers with a brand new editorial for Black Historical past Month.
The mission will shine a lightweight on the luxurious kinds of Black designers Hanifa, Kimberly Goldson, and Wealthy Recent. Barbie has created doll-sized replicas of the designers’ authentic appears in an ongoing effort to advance variety and inclusion.
From her Fall/Winter 2021 assortment, Hanifa’s look, designed by founder, Anifa Mvuemba, combines magnificence and opulence. Her doll will mannequin her blue ‘Brooklynn’ patent leather-based coat with a pair of thigh-high white boots. Mvuemba describes the chance as a “dream come true.”
“Who didn’t love Barbie as a little bit woman?! I cherished my Barbie Dream Home with probably the most excellent elevator; it gave me the possibility to dream in actual life,” mentioned Mvuemba in a press release, in keeping with WWD.
“I’m so grateful for this chance to hook up with my childhood, and I’m completely happy to see that little Black women all over the place can see themselves beginning with their favourite toy.”
Sister-duo Kimberly Goldson and Shelly Powell, founders of Goldson, will probably be showcasing a “Mari” multi-layered costume and the copper metallic “Lizzette” shorts from the Spring 2022 assortment, dubbed “Blissful Evolution.”
“It’s highly effective of Barbie to make use of her platform to assist bridge the hole on the best way we have a look at individuals of varied shades and from totally different backgrounds,” Goldson defined. “That made it necessary for me to companion along with her to put on Kimberly Goldson for Black Historical past Month. I selected a glance that personifies the KG aesthetic, which is born of our Brooklyn tradition and pushed by luxurious. She’s prepared for Mattress-Stuy!”
The last-styled look is the brainchild of designer Patrick Henry, recognized professionally as “Recent,” proprietor of Wealthy Recent. Barbie is outfitted in a tracksuit from his 2021 winter assortment, which he describes as “luxeleisure.” Recent believes within the energy of illustration and deems it essential for creatives and youngsters.
“What drew me to the Barbie mission probably the most is the extent of inclusivity I noticed within the Barbie universe.
“There’s Barbies for everyone. Intentionally, I knew this may be a mission I might get entangled with. It’s necessary for youths of all cultures to see themselves. Illustration is important. Involving Black creatives offers us the chance to contribute to the narrative. The importance of doing this throughout Black Historical past Month is necessary, however what’s extra necessary is the continued efforts to contain creatives of all backgrounds to assist symbolize themselves throughout the Barbie universe,” Recent mentioned.