The first Barbie doll was made in 1959, and the doll was introduced that year at the American International Toy Fair. The first Barbie doll was inspired by an earlier doll, the Bild Lilli, which was produced in Germany starting in 1955.
The earlier Bild Lilli doll was based on a character in a German comic strip that first appeared in 1952 and ran until 1961. Production of the Bild Lilli doll ceased in 1964 when Mattell acquired the rights to the doll.
The first Ken doll was made in 1961. African-American Barbie dolls and Hispanic Barbie dolls first appeared in 1980.Learn More
Barbie dolls are made of polyvinyl chloride, synthetic fiber, elastomer, PBT and water-based paint. The materials used to make a Barbie has changed since the first Barbie was created in 1959. As of 2014, the soft vinyl, elastomer, and PBT provide more flexibility and realistic movement to the modern day Barbie. In the past, Mattel used porcelain to create the expensive, collector’s edition Barbie dolls.Full Answer >
Since the first Barbie doll was introduced in 1959, different types of Barbies include the Mod Barbie, produced from 1967 to 1973; the Malibu Barbie, from 1971 to 1977; the Supersize Barbie from 1978; the Black Barbie from 1980; the Holiday Barbie from 1988 on; and the pink, silver, gold, platinum and black label Barbies from 2001 on. Barbie types also include over 150 different careers.Full Answer >
Composition dolls are dolls made partially or wholly out of composition. Composition is a material made of sawdust, glue and other materials such as cornstarch, resin and wood flour.Full Answer >
To achieve a doll look with makeup, one of the most important features to concentrate on is doe-like eyes, which most dolls have. For this look, the products needed are primer, foundation, blush, neutral eye shadow, a light shimmer highlight shadow, eyeliner and false eyelashes.Full Answer >