Since he first appeared on the fashion scene after winning season four of Project Runway, Christian Siriano has become known for embracing women of all sizes and backgrounds. This week, Siriano and Mattel, parent company of a newly body-positive Barbie, announced that they've collaborated on a line of one-of-a-kind doll-size versions of several of Siriano's best designs.
Pictures shared by both Siriano and Barbie on Instagram show a set of five dolls—all of whom have different skin colors, hairstyles, and body types—clad in the edgy designer's red-carpet-ready gowns. One wears the red off-the-shoulder dress that Siriano designed for Leslie Jones to wear to the Ghostbusters premiere last year when no other designer would dress her. Another models the white crop top, coral-pink floor-length skirt, and sleek topknot that Sarah Hyland wore to the 2014 Emmy Awards. A third doll channels Sarah Jessica Parker's 2011 photo shoot for Marie Claire with a dramatic pink flower-covered skirt and white top, while a fourth Barbie wears the bright-yellow strapless cape top and matching pants that Solange wore to a 2011 Art Basel event in Miami. According to a press release from Mattel, "the final doll's gown was inspired by the designer's Resort 2018 collection" and features a dreamy sky-blue tulle skirt and white V-neck top.
"Barbie has always been a huge inspiration to me and I'm honored to be teaming up with this iconic brand," Siriano said in the release. "It's especially exciting to be designing an array of inclusive and diverse doll looks that can allow girls to see themselves better represented when they play. It was incredible to recreate iconic red carpet moments and dress my latest muse, Barbie, in a new look from my Resort 2018 collection."
Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie's vice president of global marketing, added, "Barbie is a fashion icon; she's been dressed by a multitude of designers over the years who have used her as a canvas to reflect beauty of the moment. We are thrilled that Christian is the next designer to be inspired by Barbie and is showcasing a diverse and inclusive view of red carpet looks."
Mattel gave Barbie a body-positive makeover in January 2016, more than 50 years after the doll first arrived in stores. The new Fashionistas line features tall, petite, and curvy body types as well as a variety of skin colors, hair colors, and hairstyles. This year, they further expanded the Fashionistas line with the introduction of 15 new Ken dolls who come in slim, broad, and original body types; a more inclusive range of skin and hair colors; and new, trendy hairstyles, like a man bun, buzz cut, and cornrows.