“Barbie started out as ‘The Fashion Doll,’ and it was always about clothes, hair, and makeup, from the very beginning,” says Micheline Pitt. “Clothing tells the world so much about who we are, and Barbie’s clothing choices have always and will always define who she is.” And the fashion inspiration train goes both ways. Gucci, Versace, Vera Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, Bob Mackie, Vera Wang, Mowalola Ogunlesi, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Dior, Trina Turk, Burberry, Byron Lars, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Paul Frank, Oscar de la Renta, Juicy Couture, Karl Lagerfeld, Reem Acra, Zuhair Murad, Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Nicole Miller, and Givenchy have all designed high fashion looks for Barbie.
Micheline Pitt is behind the Vixen by Micheline Pitt line of clothing, as well as La Femme En Noir with Lynh Haaga. Her fashions emulate everything from Old Hollywood to Gothic Fantasy, with even a little Barbie mixed in. “Being a designer, we take inspiration from the world around us, from the things we love, the things that have had a deep effect on who we are as artists and people,” she says. “I know my love of pink is deeply rooted in my early relationship with Barbie growing up because in the ’80s and ’90s, everything Barbie was so pink.”
Pitt says that her relationship with Barbie has directly influenced her own work. “Growing up a Barbie girl helped shaped my brand Vixen,” she says. “Just like Barbie, I was influenced by the fashion and fame of Old Hollywood Starlets, the mules, the gold hoop earrings, the hourglass enhancing silhouettes, everything began with stars like Marilyn Monroe, but became defined by the doll that is Barbie.” Vixen by Micheline Pitt is a personal favorite fashion brand of mine, especially because the sizes go up to a 4X. Being able to live my own personal Barbie fantasy is a dream come true.
“All we are as designers are grown-up versions of our childhood selves,” she says. “What we create will find their forever homes with our customers.”