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Barbie also has a shoe collection to die for with thousands of the tiny things that parents with vacuum cleaners love to hate.

On loan for the party from the city’s Albright Fashion Library were Barbie-inspired outfits worn by human models representing Barbie’s passage through the decades. One was 1959 Barbie in her first swimsuit, done by Liza Bruce, and another was “Black Barbie” of 1980 in an Alexander McQueen jewel-collared red wrap jersey dress.

Dolce & Gabbana did “CEO Barbie” proud with a double-breasted wool gabardine suit in, you guessed it, pink.

And what about the controversy over whether Barbie and her perfect figure promote an unattainable body image for young girls?

“The same could be said for the entire fashion industry,” observed Stolman.

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