Barbie in an exhibition that includes the first doll that traveled to space

An exhibition assistant looks at two “Totally Hair” Barbie dolls during the “Barbie: The Exhibition” photoshoot at the Design Museum.

he London Design Museum Opening of an exhibition dedicated to the doll BarbieCelebrating 65 years of history, with more than 180 models, including one that spent six months in space in 2022.

A year after the success of the film Greta Gerwigwith the actress Margot Robbie As the protagonist, Barbie arrives at the Design Museum, west London, to attend an exhibition showing the evolution of “the world's most famous doll” since her creation.

The exhibition begins with “Barbie No. 1,” the first model created by the American company Mattel in 1959. The exhibition also includes the surfer “Sunset Malibu Barbie,” which was very popular in the 1970s, or “Full Hair Barbie” from 1992, with her long hair, the best-selling in the world with 10 million copies.

Original first edition Barbie doll from 1959

The first black or wheelchair-bound Barbie dolls are also on display at the exhibition. Organizers of the exhibition said they were proud to display “the only Barbie doll to ever go to space.”

The mentioned doll model is designed to resemble the Italian model. Samantha Cristoforettithe first European to command the International Space Station (ISS).

The Italian astronaut traveled into space with the doll for six months in 2022. The gallery lets you watch videos of Samantha Cristoforetti in space floating next to the doll.

A Barbie doll taken into space by ESA astronaut and first European commander of the International Space Station Samantha Cristoforetti (top right).

“We are delighted that the Samantha doll will be on display for the first time since her return from the International Space Station at the Design Museum,” he said. Daniel Tomcurator of the exhibition, quoted in a press release.

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to Tim Marlowe“Design has been at the heart of Barbie’s story since her inception,” said museum director, Dr.

Visitors will be able to see “the influence of designers and architects, from Florence Knoll to Frank Gehry, on the Barbie world,” according to the foundation.

Kane is also part of the show.

The exhibition also dedicates a section to Ken, Barbie's eternal companion, as well as her younger sister Skipper.

Source: AFP. Photos: Benjamin Krimmel / AFP

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