Barbie: The Icon by Massimiliano CapellaBarbie: The Icon by Massimiliano Capella

Barbie: The Icon

byMassimiliano Capella

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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Since her creation in 1959, Barbie has broken cultural, social, and linguistic barriers, all while showcasing a fabulous fashion sense. Organized into five sections: Barbie Is Fashion; Barbie's Family; Dolls of the World; Barbie's Careers; and Queen, Diva and Celebrity, Barbie as Global Icon, Barbie: The Icon celebrates the impact Barbie has had in culture for three generations in everything from style, to fashion, to careers, that makes her the voice of the contemporary woman, the voice of pop culture, and the image of a genuine living legend.This deluxe compendium comes complete with a ribbon marker, teal silkscreened edges, and a clear acetate jacket to protect the stunning cover art. Thoroughly researched and beautifully designed, this oversize, exquisite edition is at once a collector's item and the ultimate resource for all things Barbie, perfect for the discerning collector, the lifelong fan, or even those fascinated by one of the biggest icons in American pop culture.
Massimiliano Capella is a scholar of art and fashion, director of the Arte/Moda Archive of the Centro di Arti Visive at the University of Bergamo, and the curator of Arte & Moda section of the monthly Il Giornale dell Arte.
Title:Barbie: The IconFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 12.75 × 10.23 × 1.01 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:GlitteratiLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943876118

ISBN - 13:9781943876112

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Great gift for lovers of Barbie and her history
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Photography I received this book as a Christmas present. The photography is good and the lists of complete works of Dolls of the World and other designers is great. However I don't think the book is worth the price and would recommend waiting for a bargain discounted price. I have other Barbie collection books that were written much better and the pictures just as excellent. I found a lot of the writing in this book to be very repetitive and at times sometimes confusing, jumping from one topic to the next, as though the author had lost their train of thought and eventually coming around to their original point.
Date published: 2017-01-16

Editorial Reviews

This brightly colored, fully illustrated book by fashion historian Capella celebrates the Barbie doll as a legendary fashionista and inspiration for girls. The doll has been meticulously redefined to stay relevant since its debut in 1959. Color photographs illustrate Barbie's evolution decade by decade through her clothing and career choices, as well as the more technical changes to her posture, facial expression, body proportion, makeup, and hairstyle.... This is a charming book for all ages, and older readers will especially enjoy revisiting their childhoods."