Rodarte designs clothing collection for Barbie

By Hailey Young

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EN Fashion Rodarte has collaborated with Mattel on a special line of clothes for Barbie. 
Los Angeles-based Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded their brand in 2005 and have since gone on to work with a range of celebrities, including Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, and Taylor Swift.
But on Wednesday (17Oct18), the Mulleavy sisters announced that they have teamed with designers at the toy company to launch a miniature range showcasing red carpet glamour on an entirely different kind of fashion star the iconic Barbie doll.
“Truly thrilled to collaborate with @Barbie in the recreation of Rodarte’s SS18 dresses and looks, launching on @barbiestyle today!” they wrote on their Instagram page alongside an image of the Barbies. “We love these one of a kind dolls!”
The four diverse Barbie dolls are all outfitted in versions of Rodarte’s spring/summer 2018 line, which was first shown as part of Paris Fashion Week in June 2017, with one doll sporting a gold lace dress and another modelling a pink number with floral print. Other outfits include a black and white polka dot dress and a red dress with a tiered skirt.
Regarding the tiny designs, Laura noted that it was a dream come true to outfit Barbie.
“We always loved all of her accessories, especially her shoes. We played with the dolls (growing up) and made fashion collections for them all the time! We even created runway shows with our Barbie dolls,” she told W Magazine, while Kate added that it was a pleasure to collaborate with the team at Mattel. “We then worked with the Mattel team to choose looks and fabrications that would translate in doll scale. In all honesty, there was not much limitation!”
At present, the Rodarte designs for Barbie are not available to purchase.
Other major fashion designers and houses to previously work with the toy giant include Karl Lagerfeld, Moschino, and Tommy Hilfiger. While Claudia Schiffer and Ashley Graham are among the models to recently be honoured with their own dolls.

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