Barbie Doll! Celebrating 50 Years of an American Icon

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
November 28, 2008 through April 5, 2009

In celebration of the Barbie® doll’s 50th birthday a retrospective story of this most enduring toy icon of American culture will be told through the spectacular display of over 400 dolls from the private collection of Jo Anne Winspur.  It will feature vintage Barbie® dolls modeling everything from casual sportswear to Parisian haute couture dating from 1959 into today. 
First introduced to the world at the 1959 American Toy Fair in New York City, Barbie® was intended to be a teenage fashion doll. Despite some initial controversy about the Barbie® doll’s figure, she quickly became a favorite for girls and the Barbie® dolls many fashions chronicled the styles of the day. These dolls, representing more than just toys, give girls a chance to dream about a future with endless possibilities and opportunities.  

2024 Exhibit Sponsors
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.