Princess of the World Barbie Dolls: The Design Illustrations

Princess of France Barbie Illustration and doll by Heather FonsecaOnce 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.

Princess of the Nile Barbie Illustration and doll by Heather Fonseca Princess of Ireland Barbie Illustration and doll by Heather Fonseca Princess of India Barbie Illustration and doll by Heather Fonseca Princess of the Incas Barbie Illustration and doll by Heather Fonseca

Pretty neat! It was really nice to see these drawings again.

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