Life in plastic, it’s fantastic! Check out the Barbie exhibition in Paris

Barbie: a symbol of American rank consumerism?

The embodiment of unrealistic beauty standards? Bourgeois feminist icon? Whatever you think, the most famous doll in the world has certainly sparked a lot of debate since she first appeared on the shelves of American toy shops 57 years ago.

To celebrate this milestone, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is hosting an exhibition on all things Barbie, which will chart her rise from Ken-pleasing plastic blond to multi-racial, multi-sized, multi-faceted inspiration. 

Along with an enormous collection of Barbie in her many incarnations – secretary, air hostess, astronaut, police officer – the show is sure to explore how cultural changes ultimately changed Barbie herself. She is more than just a toy, after all.

BARBIE runs from 10 March to 18 September at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Tickets start at €11. To get there from Generator Paris, take the Metro 7 from Louis Blanc to Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, and walk 5 minutes.

Header: Image from Barbie's Instagram account, Barbistyle, 2015; © Mattel