French fashion house Hervé Léger dresses up the humble Barbie doll


Iconic in her beauty and timeless in her style, Barbie has captured imaginations since her arrival on the scene in 1959. Though initially intended for children, the doll has long since left behind her designation as a mere “toy” and is now created as much to engage the fantasies of collectors and fashion enthusiasts around the world as to entertain young girls. In their endeavor to cement Barbie’s status as a fashion icon Mattel has collaborated with the most established, global fashion designers and couturiers ranging from Christian Dior, Burberry and Oscar de la Renta to Bill Blass, Christian Louboutin and Vera Wang. Last year saw a brunette Barbie show her love for Coach, donning sunglasses, handbags and select apparel by the brand and this year Barbie goes the red carpet route with high fashion dresses and accessories from celebrity favorite brand Hervé Léger. The collector’s edition doll comes with two versions of the designer’s notorious bandage dress. The first dress- a crimson confection- comes with an elaborate pair of gladiator inspired shin high stiletto heeled sandals, a harness belt and crimson box clutch with black accents. The second outfit is a black and white graphic printed dress complete with black booties and a studded, oversized black clutch. Each dress is a miniature rendition of actual Hervé Léger designs and remains true to the original with authentic Hervé Léger by Max Azria bandages and yarns, and manufactured at the same factory that produces the full designer collection.

Presented in a paparazzi themed box, the production of this doll has been limited to 25,000 pieces worldwide. The doll herself is the Gold Label Collection Barbie doll with blonde braided hair and a clear acrylic stand. Retailing at $150, the Herve Leger by Max Azria Collector’s Barbie Doll is available at both Barbie and the Hervé Léger online stores.

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[Available at Herve-Leger]