Dressing Barbie

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Dressing Barbie

Dressing Barbie

A Celebration of the Clothes That Made America’s Favorite Doll and the Incredible Woman Behind Them

  • Author: Carol Spencer
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062802453
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 160
  • View: 4276
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A legendary fashion designer for Barbie shares the story of her adventures working behind-the-scenes at Mattel, and spotlights the creations that transformed the world’s most famous doll into a style icon in this beautifully designed book—published in commemoration of Barbie’s sixtieth anniversary—illustrated with 100 full-color photographs, including many never-before-seen images of rare and one-of-a-kind pieces from the author’s private archive. Dressing Barbie is a dazzling celebration of the clothes that made America’s favorite doll, and the incredible woman behind them. For thirty-five years, Carol Spencer enjoyed an unparalleled reign as a Barbie fashion designer, creating some of Barbie’s most iconic looks from the early 1960s until the late 1990s. Barbie’s wide-ranging wardrobe—including princess gowns and daisy-print rompers, flirty sundresses and smart pantsuits— combined fashion trends and haute couture with a liberal dose of fantasy. In Dressing Barbie, the successful and prolific designer reminisces about her time at Mattel working with legendary figures such as Ruth Handler, Barbie’s creator, and Charlotte Johnson, the original Barbie designer, and talks about her best and most beloved clothing designs from each decade. But Carol’s most impressive creation is her own life. As Handler famously said, “Barbie always represented the fact that a girl has choices”—a credo Carol epitomized. In Dressing Barbie, she talks candidly about how she broke free of the constraints of the late 1950s to pursue a dazzling career and an independent life for herself. Over the course of her successful and prolific career, Carol won many accolades. She was the first designer to have her signature on the doll, the first to go on a signing tour, the first to design a limited-edition Barbie Doll for collectors, and the designer of the biggest selling Barbie of all time. Now, Carol is the first member of the inner circle to take fans behind the pink curtain, revealing the fashion world of Barbie, the quintessential California girl, as never before.

Barbie Culture

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Barbie Culture

Barbie Culture

  • Author: Mary F Rogers
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 9780761958888
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 171
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This book uses one of the most popular accessories of childhood, the Barbie doll, to explain key aspects of cultural meaning. Some readings would see Barbie as reproducing ethnicity and gender in a particularly coarse and damaging way - a cultural icon of racism and sexism. Rogers develops a broader, more challenging picture. She shows how the cultural meaning of Barbie is more ambiguous than the narrow, appearance-dominated model that is attributed to the doll. For a start, Barbie’s sexual identity is not clear-cut. Similarly her class situation is ambiguous. But all interpretations agree that, with her enormous range of lifestyle `accessories', Barbie exists to consume. Her body is the perfect metaphor of modern times: plastic, st

Barbie's Queer Accessories

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Barbie's Queer Accessories

Barbie's Queer Accessories

  • Author: Erica Rand
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822316206
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 213
  • View: 9974
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She's skinny, white, and blond. She's Barbie—an icon of femininity to generations of American girls. She's also multiethnic and straight—or so says Mattel, Barbie's manufacturer. But, as Barbie's Queer Accessories demonstrates, many girls do things with Barbie never seen in any commercial. Erica Rand looks at the corporate marketing strategies used to create Barbie's versatile (She's a rapper! She's an astronaut! She's a bride!) but nonetheless premolded and still predominantly white image. Rand weighs the values Mattel seeks to embody in Barbie—evident, for example, in her improbably thin waist and her heterosexual partner—against the naked, dyked out, transgendered, and trashed versions favored by many juvenile owners and adult collectors of the doll. Rand begins by focusing on the production and marketing of Barbie, starting in 1959, including Mattel's numerous tie-ins and spin-offs. These variations, which include the much-promoted multiethnic Barbies and the controversial Earring Magic Ken, helped make the doll one of the most profitable toys on the market. In lively chapters based on extensive interviews, the author discusses adult testimony from both Barbie "survivors" and enthusiasts and explores how memories of the doll fit into women's lives. Finally, Rand looks at cultural reappropriations of Barbie by artists, collectors, and especially lesbians and gay men, and considers resistance to Barbie as a form of social and political activism. Illustrated with photographs of various interpretations and alterations of Barbie, this book encompasses both Barbie glorification and abjection as it testifies to the irrefutably compelling qualities of this bestselling toy. Anyone who has played with Barbie—or, more importantly, thought or worried about playing with Barbie—will find this book fascinating.

White Weddings

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White Weddings

White Weddings

Romancing Heterosexuality in Popular Culture

  • Author: Chrys Ingraham
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135963711
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 208
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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Portraits of Lifestyle Dressing

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Portraits of Lifestyle Dressing

Portraits of Lifestyle Dressing

Your Style, Your Closet

  • Author: Suzanne Libfraind
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
  • ISBN: 1622123301
  • Category: Design
  • Page: 84
  • View: 8005
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People who shop with no clear idea about what they wear or what's already in their closet frequently end up with a closet full of outdated or ill-fitting clothes they can't wear. Portraits of Lifestyle Dressing: Your Style, Your Closet takes you through the process of determining your style aesthetic and building a wardrobe that fits your lifestyle. Showing you along the way how your closet can become your best friend, and ending the quandary of having lots of clothes and nothing to wear, the book illustrates how to clean out your closet, tailor the clothes you like, and refashion trendy items to fit your style. This handy guide will streamline your shopping habits and your closet, ensuring that the clothes you wear uniquely reflect your style and your life. Suzanne Libfraind runs a wardrobe consulting business in Raleigh, North Carolina. With more than twenty years under her belt discussing, working, and living fashion, she works to find the perfect balance between closet and lifestyle for her clients. The vision for her first book is to pass that knowledge on to readers. She shops locally, utilizes tailors when needed, and keeps her own closet from becoming overstuffed.The author plans to write a second book for people who don't shop, either because they don't like to shop or they find themselves overwhelmed by all the options. Publisher's website: http: //sbpra.com/SuzanneLibfrain

Seal It with a Kiss

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Seal It with a Kiss

Seal It with a Kiss

  • Author: Rogenna Brewer
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • ISBN: 145925340X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
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IN UNIFORM A woman in the SEALs? Lieutenant Tabitha Chapel is determined to become the first woman to join the navy SEALs. She'll use every connection she has (and she has plenty), and wile (feminine or otherwise) and her substantial strength of will to make this happen. Not in this man's navy! Commander Marc Miller is equally determined to keep women in general—and Tabitha Chapel in particular—out of the SEALs. There are a lot of things he'd like to do with Tabby, and being her commanding officer isn't one of them. But the commander is about to learn that Tabby's woman enough to take everything he doles out and more….

The Consumer Society Reader

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The Consumer Society Reader

The Consumer Society Reader

  • Author: Juliet Schor,Douglas B. Holt
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • ISBN: 1595587586
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 502
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The Consumer Society Reader features a range of key works on the nature and evolution of consumer society. Included here is much-discussed work by leading critics such as Jean Baudrillard, Susan Bordo, Dick Hebdige, bell hooks, and Janice Radway. Also included is a full range of classics, such as Frankfurt School writers Adorno and Horkheimer on the Culture Industry; Thorstein Veblen's oft-cited writings on "conspicuous consumption"; Betty Friedan on the housewife's central role in consumer society; John Kenneth Galbraith's influential analysis of the "affluent society"; and Pierre Bourdieu on the notion of "taste." "Consumer society--the 'air we breathe,' as George Orwell has described it--disappears during economic downtruns and political crises. It becomes visible again when prosperity seems secure, cultural transformation is too rapid, or enviornmental disasters occur. Such is the time in which we now find ourselves. As the roads clog with gas-guzzling SUVs and McMansions proliferate in the suburbs, the nation is once again asking fundamental questions about lifestyle. Has 'luxury fever,' to use Robert Frank's phrase, gotten out of hand? Are we really comfortable with the 'Brand Is Me' mentality? Have we gone too far in pursuit of the almighty dollar, to the detriment of our families, communities, and natural enviornment? Even politicians, ordinarily impermeable to questions about consumerism, are voicing doubts... [and] polls suggest majorities of Americans feel the country has become too materialistic, too focused on getting and spending, and increasingly removed from long-standing non-materialist values." —From the introduction by Douglas B. Holt and Juliet B. Schor

What Colleges Don't Tell You (And Other Parents Don't Want You to Know)

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What Colleges Don't Tell You (And Other Parents Don't Want You to Know)

What Colleges Don't Tell You (And Other Parents Don't Want You to Know)

272 Secrets for Getting Your Kid into the Top Schools

  • Author: Elizabeth Wissner-Gross
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101217995
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 336
  • View: 4768
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A sought-after packager of high school students shares 272 secrets to help parents get their kids into the top schools Targeting the savvy parents of today's college-bound teenagers who seek to gain a proven edge in the college admissions process, this book reveals 272 little-known secrets to help parents get their kids into the school of their dreams. Did you know? -A child's guidance counselor can help reverse a deferral. -A parent can help get a child off a waiting list. -There is a way for students to back out of Early Decision once they've been accepted. Based on the controversial insider information Elizabeth Wissner-Gross has gleaned from working as a highly successful packager of high school students and from interviews with heads of admission at the nation's top colleges, this book empowers parents by decoding the admissions process.

Recapture your bounce

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Recapture your bounce

Recapture your bounce

Brilliant ideas for getting more energy

  • Author: Infinite Ideas
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas
  • ISBN: 1909652091
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 80
  • View: 3680
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Where has all the energy gone? Why are we so horribly deprived of joie de vivre? Insomnia is one answer – 42% of us say our biggest health worry is lack of sleep. Our 24/7 society must be playing a part. We’re intelligent, street-smart people but we’re utterly exhausted. Maybe we haven’t made the connection between our insomnia and the fact we check our emails every night at 11.30. One of the main reasons for our exhaustion is a pig-headed refusal to accept some self-evident facts. Namely: if we don’t eat well, sleep well, exercise our bodies, take time to relax and spend time with people we love (as opposed to people we share desk space with) then we’re not going to function well. This book is a bit different from most books on energy, which advise lots of lovely complementary therapies and detoxing as a cure for lack of energy. It may well work, but we don’t know anyone who has done it, including ourselves. And we know lots and lots of exhausted people, and lots of them are therapists. And they don’t do it either. The truth is, when you’re really tired, you don’t need anything else to add to the to-do list. Which is why every single idea in this book you can do yourself, off your own bat – today, if you like.

Cloud-Beam Medley

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Cloud-Beam Medley

Cloud-Beam Medley

  • Author: Barbara Hantman
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1469101378
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 165
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Cloud-Beam Medley is Barbara Hantmans fifth book of verse. It is divided into seven chapters that capture diverse thematic categories: Mosaic Memories, Hats Off: In Tribute, From Burden to Bliss, Earths Glow, Nesting, Chuckle and Whimsy and The World So Much With Us! Spanish and Hebrew are represented with a smattering of bilingual poems. The author has tapped her Jewish roots, outstanding men and women (both famous and in her personal circle), awareness of obstacle and triumph, and the beauty and comforts of nature, family life and humor. The book concludes on a serious note, with what Unamuno dubbed the tragic sense of life.