Mattel released a Barbie doll in honor of Chinese American fashion icon Vera Wang as part of its Barbie Tribute Collection on May 5.
The Tribute Collection celebrates the legacies of individuals who have helped “shape and impact culture.” Wang is the latest to be added to the Barbie collection in honor of her impact on the fashion industry.
Wang first began her career as an editor at Vogue. After 17 years with the fashion publication and a short stint designing for Ralph Lauren, she started a small bridal boutique and soon took over the bridal industry in 1990. She is well-known for combining modern and traditional designs and was presented the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2013.
The Vera Wang Barbie doll was inspired by Wang’s ready-to-wear collection in 2017 and features a monochromatic outfit with “a black romper under a chiffon dress with attached puff sleeves, front slit, and the word LOVE featured at the hem.”
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In a press release, the 72-year-old designer said she was “completely overwhelmed” when asked to join the Barbie Tribute Collection.
“While it has been an honor for me to have created so many looks for Barbie through the years, from wedding to red carpet, a Barbie in my own likeness is something I never could have imagined. Barbie is the ultimate icon, and she represents all of us, and through the decades, she has continued to evolve, to every changing standard of women while reflecting huge shifts in our society, if not the world,” Wang said.
The doll retails for $40 and can be purchased through the Mattel Creations website.