Once upon a time I worked as a doll designer at Mattel. In the Barbie Collector group I came up with an idea for a collection of historical dolls to refresh the old folkloric Dolls of the World line. The Princess of the World Barbie Dolls were the result. I spent several wonderful years researching historical fashion from around the globe for my designs. Each doll started with a sketch which would be approved by the design director before creating the doll prototype. I left all my doll design illustrations behind when I stopped working at Mattel, but I recently found a few online to share with you. Keep reading to see more.
Princess of the World Barbie Dolls: The Design Illustrations
All the designers at Mattel worked closely with the marketing department. One time marketing asked the designers to provide a few doll illustrations to share online for a public relations program. I offered up a number of my Princess of the World sketches. Because of this I knew these drawings were online but even though I googled them many times I never found them. Then, a fellow doll enthusiast and friend on Instagram, Dollier, wrote to me to tell me they had been spotted on a Latin American doll blog. (You can see the originals here: Las Princesas del Mundo…en boceto! ) I pulled them off the site, cleaned them up a bit, and combined them with a photo of the dolls they became. Not all the illustrations posted on the blog were mine. I’m only posting the ones I drew.
Pretty neat! It was really nice to see these drawings again.