Did you ever notice how one thing can lead to another?
Yes! Well, that’s exactly how my old Barbie got an Art gown.
In Art Gowns spirit, nothing new was purchased for this project. Barbie’s Art Gown is made from a circa 1970 Schiaparelli tie, from my stash. The print size is perfect.
It all began on a visit to The Vintage Toy Advertiser blog. Ford had done a Barbie post, and Barbie has some fab gowns.
Solo in the Spotlight & Enchanted Evening are my 2 faves. I would only change the fur stole, to a velvet stole.
Ford agreed I could do an Art Gowns/Barbie post. I’d make a gown, and he would supply photos from his collection. That was awhile ago, but once I found the Schiaparelli tie, it was a go.
That led to, who is Schiaparelli?
Elsa Schiaparelli was an Haute Couture designer. She collaborated creatively with Salvador Dali & Jean Cocteau. She was Coco Chanel’s direct competition between the 2 wars.
Elsa Schiaparelli was the first woman Fashion Designer on the cover of Time Magazine. Click on the pic of the cover to read about her insanely fascinating life, on the official site!
Both ends of the tie were lined in Schiaparelli’ embossed “shocking pink”. The colour is Schiaparelli’s inspiration & instigation. She became famous for it.
Here’s the tie! It was deconstructed, and pressed flat. Barbie was then draped in the bias cut fabric.
I used the “shocking pink” tie lining to line the tail of Barbie’s Art Gown.
I also made Barbie’s necklace, bracelet and earrings. Her shoes were lime green, so they got painted blue. Her hair was a disaster. I did a braided top knot with curly crown burst.
Here are more fab photos Ford took from Barbie’s catalogues.
Again, one thing leads to another! The gowns are all very beautiful, and no one can say they are “Fast Fashion”. “Fast Fashion” has become a major pollutant, along with its best friend plastic.
Rene Rosso got into the her best Barbie torch gown look, with “shocking pink” accents. She’d like to share her favourite version of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, a standard she’s been working on.
Our point is, don’t let the lust for “Fast Fashion”, be a smoke that gets in your eyes. Choose “Sustainable Fashion”!
Having an official Art Gown of her own has gone to Barbie’s head. She has decided to throw a dinner party for all of the Art Gowns.
Photos from Barbie’s Catalogue © Ford, TVTA
Art Gowns and all Art Gowns pics & stories © Resa McConaghy
Rene Rosso character © Resa McConaghy (w/ Holly Rene Hunter)
One of Ford’s posts was on California Barbie. I was impressed with the opening beauty shots, as much care had been taken with the lighting.
Click on the above beauty shot, and go to TVTA’s Barbie category, and see all the Barbie posts.
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What fun! Love the gown.
Thanks Janet! It was fun making it.
Okay, how FABULOUS was THAT! Barbie never looked so good. What a beautiful gown. The music video was fun as well. The drawings and well, everything was such a treat.
I knew that tie would come in handy one day! LOL!
Thank you so . much, Gi! xx
Ms. Schiaparelli led a fantastically fascinating life. She mingled with many of my favorite artists. She was quite something. Even being the first to come out with designer sunglasses. So cool. And you have taken one of her designs and made a wonderful art gown for Barbie. The drawings from the old catalogs are really cool, but I have to say, your drawings are super — I really love your drawing style. Nice music video.
Yay! It’s always fun trying to fill in between Art Gowns. This Barbie idea was on the back burner for a long time. The Schiaparelli tie was the inspiration that pulled it all together. She may be gone, but her force lingers on!
Thank you, Timothy, for commenting that you like my drawing style. I only ever had basic fashion illustration, which is what I’ve been building on. When I see some of the amazing art and talent out there, it can be intimidating. Nonetheless, I sally forth!
No need to be intimidated. You hold your own, plus your gowns are incredible.
Thank you! ❦
Barbie has never looked better. Just ask Ken.
Lonely!!! I found you in the SPAM folder. We’ve got to stop meeting there. Someone will notice!
Anyway, thank you for the lovely comment! Ken’s not around, right now. My Barbie wants to stay independent.
Fabulous Resa, Barbie has a long history as longtime follower of fashion but Schiaparelli….she finally made it! wonderful dear Resa!
Thank you, dear Holly! There was just enough fabric in that wide ass 70’s tie to make the gown.
That was a bit of fun. Now, back to the Tango Art Gown! xx
It’s amazing what you have done with the Schiaparelli tie Resa….a knock out! I love the articles top, the mag with Schiaparelli on the cover. wow! I just love all of this post ! Brava! xx
Art Gowns is a lot of fun!
You are a lot of fun! xx
We have all had fun with Art Gowns, you of course have all the work and believe me we love it! Between you and Gi, the artwork is amazing, your art gowns are knockouts ( I don’t know how you do it, just gathering the materials would cause a meltdown for me). It’s fun, lets keep having it! xx
Wait until you see the Tango Art Gown!
Oh… I did some Crazy Free Art to Music last week. The musicians are supposedly coming back tomorrow night. I’ve been thinking of PBH!
PBH is always available. So exciting!
Working on it!
I wish you were here to enjoy the music with me! Hey, I could draw, and you could write poems. Eeee…
I wrote a couple of poems today…I am singing, does that count.
Your poetry sings!
I can barely wait for your words. Write! WRite! WRIte! WRITe! WRITE!
Well, you get my message. ❤ xo
haha! I’m so writing. ❤ xo
So that’s where my tie went ! 😉 ❤ xoxoxo
It only took 40 years to somehow get here from Europe. 😉 ❤ xoxoxo
Love to all!
I love this, Resa! Barbie looks fantastic in her Schiaparelli gown! 🙂 ❤
Thank you so much, Clare! A fun time was had!
I’ve never seen Barbie look so radiant! Her Schiaparelli gown is indeed a work of art! Makes me wish I still had my original (1959) Barbie! 😀
1959… that doll would be worth a pretty penny $$$$.
It was neat making the Art Gown for Barbie. It’s much better quality than off the rack Barbie clothes. LOL!
Wow, that’s absolutely fabulous Resa! You are supremely talented.
Lol! Thank you very much, Terri!
I left a comment on your blog, but I don’t see it. I hope it did not go into your SPAM!
Thanks for letting me know! For some reason, I had to approve your comment, even though we comment on each other’s blogs fairly often…. I don’t know what’s going on. Thanks for coming by for a visit and for commenting!
At least I wasn’t in the SPAM folder! 😀
😁 It’s a good thing you said that, though, because it made me go look and I had two comments in there…. Have a fabulous day!
You have a fab day, too! I’m going to check my SPAM!
Wow-even your miniature gowns are fabulous! Great work, Resa!
Thanks Karen! It was fun to work in miniature, for a change!
Well maybe I should try to find my GI Joe, but I think he’s long gone… you have a way to take something ordinary or that could be discarded and make a beautiful piece of art. Your imagination is boundless, nice work Resa!
Thank you, JMR!
That is a philosophy behind Art Gowns. I reuse, recycle, up-cycle, repurpose and use up old fabric that no one wants and sits on the sidewalk in a dollar bin.
I’ve taken an old red velvet coat apart for my next At Gown!
It’s very exciting!
Looking forward to your next creation!
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Love this! The old Barbie in my closet is jealous:)
Ditto for my Barbies. I feel I should take them out of the attic and find new gowns for them.
Of course take the Barbies out of the attic! New gowns all around!
I don’t know about you but it was having Barbies and Cindy dolls which first motivated me to sew. I loved making little dresses for them.
I did have a doll I made dresses for. It wasn’t Barbie.. or like a Barbie. She was … 16 ” tall, young teen figure, LONG hair and I made many clothes for her.
She sounds like the grown up doll I was given before I was allowed to have a Barbie. I still have her ( in the attic).
Your attic sounds interesting!
It’s also very dusty!
Now, now! How could any Barbie be jealous? They are all beautiful. Pull her out and make her a new dress! 😀
Amazing work, my friend. 🙂
Guess good old Ken just now looking for his tux. 😀
Barbie’s Art Gown says, “to heck with Ken. Where’s the tux?”
I suggest all tuxes be locked in closets. It’s for their own safety.
Ken’s tux has no idea what he is he is getting into. 😀
Resa, this is lovely. The dress is superb and using such a beautiful tie was ingenious. I feel sure Elsa would have approved.
Thank you… I hope she is seeing this … out in the universe… or wherever!
This is a very lovely comment, Gallivanta!
I am sure she is. How could she not sense the shocking pink!
This is very beautiful to think of. Thank you, dear Gallivanta!
Schiaparelli would be overjoyed and very proud seeing what a wonderful Art Gown her tie made! Chapeau, my friend! 🙂 …and you’re so right on “Fast Fashion”, or “Fast …Everything” [music – painting etc] Much love to the beautiful and extra talented lady, from Hera too!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
I like to think Schiaparelli would approve.
The gown is quite well made for a Barbie. The actual Barbie clothes are not very nice.
So glad you and Hera like the miniature Art Gown.
Yeah… the “Faster” fast gets, the more I like slow.
Sending love! ❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦❦x❦
Love it so much! As you know I’ve been excited to see your Barbie Art Gown, and now I’m totally floored by the wonderful job you’ve made. Yep, that tie is perfect with its small print, and also the little touches like the jewellery you made, the hair-do, and changing the shoe colour 🙂
Added to all this (and I make a lot of toy photography so know how hard it is to sometimes get the right shot) you’ve captured Barbie in some terrific poses! Nice touch with the fabric over the candelabra, and the mini disc ball.
She looks perfect in her perfect gown, and complimented nicely by my 60s catalogue pages of her.
Excellent, excellent work :)Xx
Thank you so very much, Ford! It was a lots of fun making Barbie’s Art Gown, and pulling it together with the right accessories. I’ve always thought accessories can make or break an outfit.
Yes, it is difficult to capture a miniature world. I did a lot of test shots first. As you know, Barbie doesn’t stand too, well on her own. The candelabra was born of necessity. It looked weird just propping her against the wall. Then she looked propped against the candelabra, so the fabric was needed to confuse the issue.
Thank you very much for letting me use your photos. Our collaboration did come out quite nicely! 😀 xox
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A vintage fashion doll, a vintage tie, and some vintage catalogue pages… Barbie gets the Art Gown treatment! Check out the newest creation from fellow WP blogger Resa over at her Art Gowns site.
Thank you! We did a fab colab!
Hello Resa, I’ve just been redirected here from Ford’s website. What brilliant creativity to use a tie for a ballgown! And that shocking pink flash for the dress’ tail was inspired.
It is also quite apt you posted this now as there have been two new Barbie dolls released, one of the famous civil rights activist Rosa Parks and a second doll depicting American astronaut Sally Ride! But your Barbie is dressed much nicer!
Thank you for coming and visiting this post! It’s taking me forever to work down the comments.
Who knew there would be so many!
Also, thank you for your lovely comment!
I did hear about the 2 Barbie’s you mention, but I didn’t realize I was posting in the time vicinity of their release.
Barbie’s clothes are not well made, in general. This Art Gown is stitched by hand, and is a couturier work.
Again, thank you, and talk soon!
Resa, your gown for Barbie is gorgeous. I love the picture of Schiaparelli’s tie and the information about her. I remember her name and the shocking pink color from years ago. Here you have presented a feast of art, fashion and your own wonderful imagination. Brava!
Your reblog buttons not working for me! Pingback!
That is so weird….. about the reblog button.
Thank you so much, Holly! You can do screen shots with your VIA’s if you want.
I’ll go into settings, and turn it (reblog setting) off and then on again.
That can work sometimes! xxxx
I hope it’s not my PC. I just got it back yesterday from the shop!
Yay! It’s not your PC! I didn’t think it was. It’s happened to me, too. WP can be glitchy. Everything out here can be glitchy. We are at their mercy. …. but they can’t make Art Gowns like I do, or write poems like you do. So there!
Actually, I did see a show on how AI is learning to be creative, by studying the output of creative people. Not glitchy anymore; scary!!!!
Yikes! What next? My hard drive crashed, it’s been miserable with nothing but my phone, no pics really or anything. Joy. Got it back yesterday though so hoping all is cool.
Oh man, I could never survive with only a phone! I need to sit at my desk, with a larger screen. I’m happy you got it back, too!
It must cost a lot to raise a kid with all this technology. We weren’t allowed to use pens until grade 7! It was all pencils.
I think they don’t even teach kids to write anymore.
Soon we won’t need teachers in classrooms, (maybe guards :)) Everything will be online.
Google wants to build a “Sidewalk Lab” in Toronto. It’s very controversial. It would be a mini Google city within a city. Everything would have sensors, even your garbage cans. They will know everything you throw away, what you buy, driverless vehicles, your life & world all monitored by Google.
If you qualify to live there, your rent will be 40% below market.
Sometimes I wonder “WTF”
Me too! WTF????
It’s working now!
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Now this was cool and fun. Barbie and I go way way back, almost to the beginning with my two sisters then my two daughters, and with my two grand daughters. I have about 30 Barbies and several boxes of fashion from a long span of Barbiedom kept safe for all those lovely ladies to gather and remember three generations of dress up and hair mangling. I must say, your Barbie looks marvelous and in a fashion art gown that no other could match.
Hahahaha…. hair mangling! That’s why I had to give my Barbie an up-do! Her hair was out of control. I found a toothbrush, and some hair conditioner can help tame the mangled locks.
I bet some of the oldest Barbie’s you’re hanging onto are worth some $$$$.
Well, my Barbie is on the mantle, now, with my ducks. 😀
LOL! I’ll share your Barbie beauty secrets if you don’t mind, Resa. Some of the Barbies got hair cuts while my daughter was a six year old budding beauty consultant. She was definitely into avant-garde. Who would have thought to experiment with acrylic paints and brightly colored markers for beauty hacks. Van Gogh and S. Dali had nothing on her. Barbie was her canvas and every one a masterpiece. I think your Barbie is safe on the mantle with the ducks, just don’t trust her alone with anyone sporting sewing scissors and a handful of magic markers.
LOL! Fab memories! I knew girls who cut Barbies hair, and used pens to decorate her. I would never cut Barbie’s hair. I’m a long hair lover, so that’s that!
Do you still have the decorated Barbie’s?
I’m glad to hear other girls also like to decorate Barbie. I do have them all and ocassionally the grand daughters redecorate some of them. I used to play Barbies with the two grand daughters and make all kinds of funny voices and they would giggle and ask for more. We had a great time. Now they like to play by themselves without all of grandpa’s hysterics. 😂
Very very nice and creative, and interesting to read about Schiaparelli. I haven’t read the whole article, but what a woman!
I agree! What a woman! It feels so right that I made a gown out of one of her ties.
A wonderful tribute to a genius. I am fascinated by Elsa Schiaparelli – she was a creative powerhouse who lived and extraordinary life. Check out this book. https://www.amazon.com/Elsa-Schiaparelli-Biography-Meryle-Secrest/dp/030770159X
Woot! I’m so glad I had a Schiaparelli tie to cut up! She was amazing. I’m off to check out the link now! I’ll be by for a visit later!
The first time I heard about Schiaparelli was at Braemer Castle. That is a another story full of ghosts, bagpipes, Jacobites and a women who loved Schiaparelli. I must look back for those photos. Hugs!!!
Yes!!! That could be a post!
By the way – you are very very lucky to have a Schiaparelli tie. Schiaparelli would be pleased to see what you have created using her tie!
I read the bio bit for the book! It sounds like a fab book. The bio bit was quite informative!!
I do feel honoured that I got to use the Schiaparelli tie!
Lucky Barbie!!! Exquisite!
The bugs in your boyfriends town were only bad for about three hours one day. Maybe they left when he left?
Hahaha! Could bee! He stopped haunting me when I told him to “bug off!” Literally, and figuratively.
Seriously, bugs never bugged me. I think it’s my BO!
The gown looks super amazing and incredible. And the music video is fantastic.
Resa, you are a creative force in the art world and bless you my friend. 🙂
Aww, dear Charlie, thank you for this complimentary comment!
Well, my area of art is unusual… gowns made from trash… throw aways…
Yet, I know I am ahead of the curve, as are you, dear poet friend.
I’m looking forward to my next painted door, and the words you will write for it! 😀 o
Art can be turned and created into anything our heart and visions sees fit. That is the beauty of creation art. Us artists thrive on passion and creativity to create and help others heal and bring joy to their hearts. 🙂
You’re art gowns are amazing and beautifully well designed. 🙂
I’m working on something good. I will send you soon my next write. 🙂
Fabulous! I love that you made that wonderful gown from a tie. My grown daughters still have their Barbies–older daughter was just saying she will have to get her Barbie box now that she has a house.
So… you have to give up her Barbie!
Lol! Well, I’m kidding around, but not kidding when I say “thank you” for your lovely comment about the tie gown.
Best! – Resa
Wow! This is really fantastic, and the idea to do so is famous. The Barbie is a blueprint of Holly too? 😉 Best wishes, Michael
LOL! In some ways a lot of art I do (not all) is a blueprint of Holly.
Funny you should say that. It crossed my mind. 😀
Very interesting ^post . I liked very much reading Schiaparelli life .
Thank you! I agree about Schiaparelli.
Barbie looks great. Did this post ever bring up memories. I actually have some of those vintage Barbie outfits from the catalog. And all my Barbies have abysmal haircuts. Ha ha. A fun post, Resa. I love your creativity. 🙂
Thank you so much Diana! I’m always intrigued by how many gave their Barbie’s haircuts.
Do you still have your Barbie to go with those outfits? That could be worth$$$…. of course…mmm…the haircuts?
Memories are fun, once in awhile. They are lessons from the past, just as history/herstory are lessons from the past for all mankind. I’m rambling! TY for the visit! may “The Barbie Force” be with you! xo
I think the haircuts are a problem in the financial viability factor. 🙂 I cut all my dolls’ hair!
WOW—AN ART GOWN FROM A NECKTIE! AND ON BARBIE! Barbie must have been an earlier model, since certain features have been,,,ah…reduced! I’m still waiting hopeful (but probably in vain) for you to convince a live model—like Holly Rene Hunter— ❤ –to pose for one or more (!) of your posts. Now SHE'S…A MODEL! maybe let her try on several gowns??? Please??? 😀
I would love to have Holly model my Art Gowns. Unfortunately, we live 1485 miles away from each other. LOL!
Anyway, stay tuned… my next actual Art Gown will be dedicated to her! 😀
I will! Your drawings are very attractive in themselves!
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As a Grandmother whose Granddaughter happens to love Barbies, I have to admire any one who taylor makes Barbie dresses, this was a brilliant design, and I may well be ‘shussssh’ pinching your idea of making a dress out of a redundant tie.. Hubby has a draw full.. 🙂
I loved the detail of the cross over back and the lining and such good poses for the photo shoot..
Well done again Resa..
I so loved what you have done. I have made Barbie several outfits over the years for my daughter and our granddaughter, Here is a link to my garden blog where i shared my knitting a crocheting a skirt and top and sweater for Ken.. but nothing as professional as your own design..
Loved it Resa… have a brilliant week my friend ❤ 🙂
Fab comment! Make that tie dress! Tip: Use a wide tie!
It’s great to hear some kids still play with Barbie, or any actual toys, of our dimension.
I know many couples with children. It seems they are on that IPad, or whatever device, playing in the virtual world, before 3 years old. I see something gained, but something lost. I wonder if we are losing our humanity?
I’m off to see your link.
Have a great weekend, and I’m sending positive vibes into … the universe for our friends in Florida! 😀 ❤
Yes she has her technology too now she is eight.. But we still love to play games using only our imagination.. And thank you for that Tip on the wide tie.. 🙂
This is so cool. It looks like you had fun.
I did have fun! Thank you, Robert! 😀
Wow, Barbie has never looked so good!!!
I agree, Jay! Lol! 😀 Thank you!!
You made the dress out of a tie?! That’s awesome, Resa!!
Thanks! It was just one of those creative strokes!
Congratulations Resa, I liked meeting Schiaparelli … and I love the idea of “recycled” fashion, it’s great.
It took me a long time to get back here! Thank you so much, dear friend! The Art Gowns are turning trash into treasure! Schiaparelli is a very interesting woman! xoxoxo
How fun. I love it! Hugs on the wing.
Hugs on the wing back at ya! Will be heading over to my GLAM blog later this afternoon, and reblogging the book launch!
Amazing Resa! Always so original.
Thank you, Maria! The orchid you recently posted was spectacular! Thank you!
I have a feeling Elsa would be honoured by the mention here, Resa! I LOVE this tribute to her and one of my fave gals growing up – Barbie xo
Thank you, Christy!
It was a fun post to make, and great to visit the life of Schiaparelli, again.
Lol! In some ways it was more difficult to make this miniature gown, than the regular size!
Good ol’ Barbie. xo
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Most beautiful gown.if i am in USA or other countries then i buy your all gowns.wonderful desigine having most lovely imagination.really you are mosr brillient and creative minded,dear Rosa!!
I love, love, love this 💕 I’m a big Barrie fan, fab idea to use the gorgeous tie fabric and I actually noticed the matching shoes before you said you painted them! The details are fabulous 👍🏻. Your design is gorgeous I’d wear it big size.
I wonder if Mums still got all my Barbies I’m going to check.
OMG! Does your Mum still have your Barbies?
The one I have is from the 1980’s.
You would look fab in this dress, real size. Your youth and figure are spot on! 💕💕
I’m loving this all the way, really interesting and beautiful. Have a great weekend.
Thank you so very much!
Sorry I missed this comment earlier.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
I wish you a merry Christmas surrounded by those who are Dear Ones
Thank you, Jean!
I will be surrounded by my Norman and 2 cats. I am very happy.
I hope you are happy, too!
What a beauty your Barbie is now. I love the gown, only wish my hubby had been a tie wearing man. I might have to check out a few thrift stores now for some vintage ties so I can dress my two Barbies as elegantly as this. I made clothes for my youngest sister and then for my daughter’s Barbies including one gown I crocheted for my daughter. It was nice, but nothing like this. I might have to forego the baby doll clothes, the AG doll clothes, and the 15 inch doll clothes for a while so I can try something for my poor Barbies, completely neglected for some time now. Just hope I can find them among the rest.
Thanks for sharing this post with me Resa. When I make my Barbies pretty again I’ll try to share some of them with you, even though I seldom blog any longer.
Do you use a sewing machine for the Barbie clothes or is it done by hand. I find the smaller baby doll clothes are much easier by hand stitching that trying to get them under the needle of the sewing machine — three or four stitches before ending the seam! Hand stitching can be smaller and I seldom jam my finger while using a needle and thread!
I look forward to seeing your Barbie couture!
I sewed Barbie’s gown by hand. I agree too, tiny for a sewing machine.
Also, I sew all of my Art Gowns completely by hand. I find it relaxing.
That is why I quilt, Resa. I know the clothes for the baby dolls will be tested by young children so use the sewing machine as much as possible for them. For the quilts though, I do it the way my grandmothers taught me — by hand. It is very relaxing to sit back and let all thoughts rest while I put in stitches on my favorite art form. Granted my stitches are much larger than they were 50 years ago, but the pleasure is still the same. I also get to be the first one to sleep under each quilt, an old tradition that promises peace to the person who sleeps under a new quilt first. Not sure about the peace part, but I’m usually very happy with my choices.
I like that old tradition!
How long does it take you to make a quilt?
I depends on the size. I mainly make wall quilts at the moment for my grandson, but am also making lap quilts for family members and a memory quilt of photos for my brother-in-law. It takes an average of two months for these, sometimes less and occasionally more. Fpr a bed quilt it can take 6 to 8 months, depending on the size. It can also depend on whether my MS is acting up or not. At the moment it is, but when it calms down I can do a lot more.
Sounds like everyone wants one! Keep on quilting! ❤