In the wise words of Aqua, "You can touch, you can play" and play was definitely the word on mind last night at the launch of the Barbie space at Dover Street Market, especially when copious amounts of pink champagne, pastel cupcakes and Jeremy Scott for Barbie clothes were out in action.
Henry Holland was responsible for curating the space that begins with a gigantic sculpture of Barbie applying lipstick by Martin Smeaton from the Andy Hillman Studio, which plays off against the comparatively diminuitive sized Barbie and Ken dolls designed by Roksanda Ilincic, Danielle Scutt and Gareth Pugh. All three dolls were dressed in their respective designer's signature looks including a purple satin big shouldered jacket by Ilincic, dark denim outfit by Scutt and black PVC jacket by Pugh. All dolls will be available in limited runs of 50.
Jeremy Scott took the iconic Barbie logo and splattered it all over skater dresses, leggings and denim jackets that were popular with the crowd last night. Henry's other selections for the space include a black diamond encrusted pendant of Barbie's head and a sunglasses collection and he also got the chance to visit Barbie's spiritual home town of El Segundo in California to pick out his favourite collector edition Barbies like the Hitchcock Tippi Hedren from 'The Birds' Barbie and the Cher 'Turn Back Time' Bob Mackie-attired Barbie.
The key question of the night though was whether you trashed or treasured your Barbie. Did you take pleasure in twisting the heads off or did you keep your Barbie in pristine condition with obsessive hair brushing?
Mandi Lennard: I kept mine really nice except I was an experimenter. I used to like pulling the legs to see how strong they were until they broke off!
Henry Holland: My mum didn't allow me to have any dolls or toys at all when I was small because she gave lectures on the welfare state and sharing the wealth. When we did get some pocket money, my step sister and I bought a bow and arrow and a Barbie and we put her on the roof of my mum's car and stared shooting at her with the bow and arrow. My mum was well happy!
Danielle Scutt: I took good care of my Barbie! The only thing I did do was cut off the hair from my Sindy doll to make her into a man for Barbie to be with.
Lulu Kennedy: I had one of those strange childhoods where I wasn't allowed toys or TV. So when my brother got an Action Man toy, I was so angry I pulled its head off!