Vintage Barbie @ The Gallery

23 September - 11 October 2009

Vintage Barbie -

Neil Taylor Collection


No doll outshines Barbie’s celebrity, and this year Barbie celebrates her 50th Birthday. To celebrate the Art Gallery of Western Australia has teamed up with renowned collector Neil Taylor to showcase his vintage Barbie collection.

Inspired by the outstanding quality of Barbie produced fashion, Barbie collector Neil Taylor has been building on his vintage collection, 1959-1972/3 for more than 20 years. On display will be vintage Barbie from this period, with outfits inspired from 50s Dior new look, Jacqueline Onassis, English Mod and early hippie and prairie fashions.

The collection will include Barbie and Ken, family and friends, carry cases, and Barbie licensed products from the era. Highlights from the collection will be No.1 - 1959 first edition boxed Barbie, in mint condition, one of only two known to be of existence in Australia, as well Bild-Lilli the German cartoon character from which the original Barbie was modelled on.

Special events have been planned at the Gallery to celebrate Barbie’s 50th birthday, including a free family day where you can come dressed as your favourite Barbie and listen to story tellers. Neil Taylor will be on hand most weekends to provide free appraisals.

Vintage Barbie @ The Gallery - Neil Taylor Collection







Neil Taylor Collection

Vintage Barbie @ The Gallery - Neil Taylor Collection



Neil Taylor Collection


Display opening times

Vintage Barbie @ The Gallery is on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from Wednesday 23 September - Sunday 11 October 2009, 10am-5pm.  Closed Tuesdays. FREE... more

Public Programs

Free Barbie Doll Appraisals by Neil Taylor:

Free Family Barbie Day

Sunday 11 October 10am-12:30pm

Join us to celebrate Barbie's 50th Birthday! A day filled with free fun and entertainment for the whole family... more


The Gallery Shop

To get into the mood of Barbie's 50th Birthday, the Gallery Shop will be decorated in pink during the display and stocked with limited edition dolls, Barbie children's products, as well as a selection of Barbie books that feature examples from the Neil Taylor Collection. By visiting the shop you can go into the draw to win a Barbie hamper valued at over $500.

See also


Other exhibitions


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