I just bought the Asian Barbie (#005) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Barbie Basics line for my 7-year-old niece last Christmas. It’s the closest thing to an Asian Barbie I could find anywhere on the web that wasn’t adorned in a hula skirt or cheongsam.
And though the doll is not exactly ideal for a first grader (a skintight tube dress and heavy eye makeup), it’s something I would have loved to have in my childhood doll collection, right next Ballerina Barbie and Hello Kitty. Of course, now that I’m a grown-up (chronologically speaking), I’m crazy for a new collection of Cissy and NEOCissy dolls designed by Chinese American designer Jason Wu for Madame Alexander.
Sure, they may not be Asian looking, but check out the clothes! Lime green strappy platforms? Webbing and mesh insets worthy of a Rodarte runway? Surely, a pint-size sartorial fantasy that kicks Barbie’s LBD-wearing butt.
Check out the other dolls below, and take particular note of the shoes — lust-worthy in and of themselves:
The dolls premiered at the American International Toy Fair in New York last week, and will be available to the public at FAO Schwarz and at madamealexander.com starting in August.