Verbal Croquis recently posted a project she did for Barbie (Pop Diva Barbie… even includes paparazzo… hilarious) which brings to mind my own entry for a contest sponsored by Barbie back in second year.
A bit of background. The Barbie people came into class and asked a couple of trivia questions. Of course fashion nerd that I am I got one right and won a Bob Mackie Barbie on the spot. Neat! They presented the project – design a Barbie, anything goes, extra points if we tie in a Canadian angle. From sketches submitted finalists would be chosen to actually execute their concept on a doll.
My friend Christy Marcus won the contest and deservedly so. Her design was feminine, uniquely Canadian, and perfectly in tune with the collectors market. Click on the portfolio tab on her website to see her entry.
My own entry? Let’s say I used this contest to try something a little bit wacky… introducing…
Fashion Machine Barbie. Yes. It really amuses me how I let my creative schtick run wild for this one! If that wasn’t silly enough, originally I wanted her to look like this:
I was just crazy enough to imagine my entry even had a chance. I even experimented with shaving Barbies, carving into their bodies, and colouring them silver (like the disembodied arm on the entry). But I guess the world was not ready for a bald, silver, robot Barbie. It’s interesting to me that I was also the only entrant who copied Barbie’s proportions exactly for the illustration. Not exactly what the Barbie people were looking for, I guess, but to this day I still love my little Fashion Machine.