Anna jones fashion designer
BY Stephanie Hirschmiller | 11 November 2013
Milliner Stephen Jones has secured himself a new private client - Barbie. "She came into the salon for her Christmas morning hat and left with five glamorous outfits," laughed the milliner.
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Jones has created Christmas-inspired looks for the famous doll, but we're not only talking headwear. In a total first, the designer and Central Saint Martin's fashion graduate has extended his remit to make five top-to-toe couture outfits: Holly Surprise Barbie, Toffee Ice Barbie, Santa Baby Barbie, Snowglobe Barbie and Christmas Tree Barbie whose headpiece is a light up tree powered with a battery pack craftily hidden in the parcel at her feet.
"The inspiration behind the looks is traditional Christmas symbolism such as holly, reindeer, and snow," he explained, citing his particular favourite as the Holly Surprise outfit, "very Barbie and the robin on her head is so cute."
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But did working on such a small scale present any challenges? "The fabrics have to have a lot of thought for example velvet on a human being looks luxurious, but on a Barbie it looks like fake fur."
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However, although the project has been a fun diversion, Jones is reverting back to hats in the immediate future at least. "If only Barbie was 6ft with a 39" bust, 21" waist and 33" hip. And human..."
The dolls, each priced at £250, will be available from Friday 15 November, within the Barbie department at Selfridges new London's Toy Shop.
Christmas Tree Barbie: "Part of the joy of Christmas is dressing up a Christmas Tree, and of course Barbie needed this to be a part of her wardrobe. I ensured the drama and volume of a full pine tree, and of course dressed it with a present from Santa and multi-coloured baubles which light up."
Toffee Ice Barbie : "Rudolph, Prancer and Vixen, some of Santa's reindeers, so I wanted to make Barbie an outfit she can dance and prance in on the ice rink."
Snow Globe Barbie: "For when Barbie needs to go down a red carpet. There is nothing more magical and glamorous than floating snowflakes encased in a snow globe."
Santa Baby Barbie : "Every Barbie needs a Christmas cocktail party dress, so I used the idea of a Santa hat to make a futuristic fantasy couture piece, dedicated to Mrs Santa."