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Culture

Barbies Brains Trust, Richard Dickson, Robert Best, Kurv Magazine, Mattel.

Barbies Brains Trust, Richard Dickson, Robert Best, Kurv Magazine, Mattel.

kuRv. talkS to RichaRd dickSon, GeneRal ManaGeR and SenioR vice PReSident at Mattel foR the baRbie bRand, followed by
PRinciPal deSiGneR, baRbie collectoR foR Mattel, RobeRt beSt about theiR love foR all thinGS baRbie. 

he’s the custodian of the world’s most famous fashion doll. as General Manager and Senior vice President at Mattel for the barbie brand, Richard dickson’s job is to ensure barbie remains the best loved toy for many years to come.

RobeRt beSt, PRinciPal deSiGneR, baRbie collectoR, Mattel Robert has designed and styled barbie for 14 years he has a design background having worked with isaac Mizrahi, anne klein and donna karan following his graduation from the Parsons School of design in nyc. Roberts design fingerprints can be seen on many a barbie doll including Millennium bride barbie doll, crystal Jubilee barbie doll, billions of dreams barbie doll, Pink Ribbon barbie, the fabergé series and also celebrity dolls the
audrey hepburn series, James dean, and Marilyn Monroe dolls. 

Kurv Magazine, Richard Dickson, Robert Best, Mattel, Barbie.

 Kurv Magazine, Barbies Brains Trust, Richard Dickson, Robert Best, Mattel. Kurv Magazine Guest Editor Barbie.

 
Ballet Barbie, Royal Ballet Company London, Kurv Magazine.

Ballet Barbie Starring Olivia Cowly And Henry St Clair Of The Royal Ballet Company, London As Ken And Barbie.
Only in Elephant & Castle area, South London, you can find a furniture shop that displays a bed that looks like an adult Barbie bed. I just couldn’t resist it: creating the ultimate Barbie bedroom around this bed. I wanted it to look like children playing with their Barbies, exploring sexuality and gender rolls through them, just like I used to do as Mayka is an artist and a fashion designer based in London. Mayka creates concepts and design for fashion, art installations and performing arts.

Photographer. Ben Hopper, Mayka Amrami Finkelstein.

Ben Hopper, Mayka Amrami Finkelstein, Kurv Magazine, Royal London Ballet, Mattel.

Ben Hopper, Mayka Amrami Finkelstein, Kurv Magazine, Royal London Ballet, Mattel.

 
Pop Culture Barbie, Guest Editor, Kurv Magazine

EDI TORS’ NOTE

Welcome To Kurv. 018 featuring Guest Editor Barbie.

So why does an international magazine renowned for presenting the latest trends from the catwalks of Paris, Milan and New York invite a doll and popular culture icon, Barbie to become its style guru? Because Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion industry for five decades.

Nobody could have predicted when Mattel Inc introduced the teenage fashion model to sceptical toy buyers at the 1959 New York Toy Fair, the influence she would have on young fashion aspirants from all around the globe.

Barbie’s story starting in 1956 when Ruth Handler came across German doll called Bild Lilli. Handler felt the adult-figured doll was exactly what Mattel need to allow children to create role play scenarios. The Lilli doll was based on a popular character appearing in a comic strip drawn by Reinhard Beuthin for the newspaper Die Bild-Zeitung. Lilli was a working girl who knew what she wanted and was not above using men to get it. The Lilli doll was first sold in Germany in 1955, and although initially sold to babies, it became popular with adults who enjoyed dressing the mannequin up in outfits that were of course sold separately. Like all celebrities Barbie has been the subject of several controversies, lawsuits and in some instances a vehicle for social comment. For example, the Tonight Show displayed a fictional ‘Barbie Crystal Meth Lab’ mocking how Barbie usually has a career that is ‘in keeping with the times’, or as host Jay Leno explained, “In this case, in keeping with society's current problems.”
Barbie has also been accused of creating an unrealistic body image. According to research by the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland she would lack the 17 to 22 per cent body fat required for a woman to menstruate. In 1965, Slumber Party Barbie came with a book entitled How To Lose Weight which advised ‘don't eat’. The doll also came with pink bathroom scales reading 110 lbs, which would be around 35 lbs. underweight for a woman 5 feet 9 inches tall, the equivalent of Barbie’s height-weight ratio. In 1997 Barbie was given a more realistic shape and wider waist, with Mattel saying that this would make the doll better suited to contemporary fashion designs.

So when did the Barbie doll morph from an inert child’s toy into the iconic personality she is today?

For most of her career Barbie was the perpetual teenager, she even had a Sweet 16 ‘coming out party’ in 1974, loved by millions of children around the world who lived their dreams in her world of privilege and status.
But it was in 1985 that Barbie stepped onto the world stage with a persona that transcended the plastic bubble that was – ‘Barbie World’ into a Brave New World as a popular culture icon.
This was the year that the immortal Andy Warhol painted the luscious ‘Barbie’ portrait and from then on everyone wanted to know her. Warhol treated Barbie the same as any other starlet. “For Warhol, to be a celebrity it didn’t matter if you’re real or if you’re not”, says Barry Blinderman, director of University Galleries at Illinois State University.
Since then Barbie has been lionised by artists, designers, song writers and photographers.
The Kurv. team are proud to welcome Barbie to our magazine. In a world first, thanks to a partnership with Mattel, she will appear not just as a profiled personality but also as Guest Editor. Just as the spirit of the Olympic games encourages athletes to strive for excellence in a spirit of goodwill and friendship, Kurv. has challenged our designer and artists to expand their creativity in an arena dictated by Barbie’s chic style. Barbie’s unmistakable persona emanates from every page of this exclusive Kurv. 018, a collector’s edition.

We invite you to explore, discover but most importantly enjoy Barbie through the eyes of Kurv. Magazine.

Take Care Nicholas Sage – Publisher, Editor-In-Chief.
Barbie – Guest Editor.

Barbie, Mattel, 50th anniversary, Kurv Magazine.

 
Barbie through the eyes of Animators...

 Kurv Magazine, Barbie, Drew Struzan, Mattel

Barbie, through the eyes of... animators, cartoonists, and illustrators.

Kurv asked talented, award winning and internationally renowned illustrators, cartoonists and animators to produce an illustration based upon “whatever inspires you or what do you think of, when you think Barbie”. Participants were given 100% artistic freedom resulting in the following unique contemporary view of Barbie during her 50th anniversary year.

Kurv Magazine appreciates the time and effort required to produce these original works of art and would like to thank all the artists for their time, vision and creativity in being part of this unique contemporary view of an international icon, Barbie.

Happy Anniversary, (Kurv Guest Editor Barbie).

 Barbie through the eyes of Animators, Kurv Magazine



Barbie through the eyes of... Craig McKay

 

 Kurv Magazine, Mark Marturello, Barbie

 

Kurv Magazine Chris Houghton, Barbie

 

Kurv Magazine Jem Sullivan, Barbie

 

Kurv Magazine, Carlos Basabe, Barbie

 

Kurv Magazine, John Ssamos, Barbie

It is noteworthy that Barbie has not been depicted pregnant or as a mum.

 

 
INTELLIGENCE2 - INAUGURAL DEBATE

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, 15TH MAY 2009

INTELLIGENCE2 - INAUGURAL DEBATE: “FINDERS, NOT KEEPERS! CULTURAL TREASURES BELONG IN THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN”


Intelligence2, the leading global forum for intellectual and cultural debate, will hold its first event in Asia.  The debate will take place before a live audience of 600 people at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during ART HK 09 (Hong Kong International Art Fair) and will tackle the contentious issue of the rightful ownership, display and sale of historically significant artefacts. Leading international experts will put the following questions under the spotlight:

Do historical treasures belong in their country of origin or to all of mankind?
Where are cultural artefacts most appropriately viewed and appreciated?
 If cultural plunder is required to be repatriated, where does this leave the great museums of the world?   

Speakers for the motion: Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust and former editor of The Times, Sir David Tang, entrepreneur and patron of the arts, and Professor Jack Lohman, Director of the Museum of London and Chairman of the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland.  Lord Renfrew, leading British archaeologist, Peter Watson, historian and journalist who has written three exposes on the art world, and Don Cohn, senior editor, Asia Art Pacific, will speak against it.
The debate will be moderated by award-winning CNN Today anchor, Kristie Lu Stout. 

 Since their UK launch in 2002, Intelligence2 debates have attracted the world's leading thinkers, writers and activists, drawing crowds of up to 2,500 in London's most historic venues. Past speakers have included distinguished personalities like President Giscard D'Estaing, Lord Lawson of Blaby (former British Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Thomas Friedman.  Now reaching up to 70 million people through its partnership with BBC World as well as millions of online viewers.

Intelligence2 Asia was set up by Yana Peel, co-founder of Outset Contemporary Art Fund, a non-profit organisation that supports public education, production and display within the arena of contemporary visual art; Amelie von Wedel, art consultant and founder of Wedel Fine Art; and Su-Mei Thompson, former Managing Director for Asia of the Financial Times.   

Tickets information here

 
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