Hey y’all! This is a continuation of my other post, which you can read here:
But if you already have, or simply don’t care, let’s pick up where we left off: 2002.
I would particularly like to point out the 2003 Barbie, for her theme: winter! Although other Holiday Barbies have worn all-white attire before, she’s the first to be specially winter inspired. Plus, I like how they went for “Winter Fantasy” instead of the usual “Winter Wonderland”.
The 2004 doll wasn’t as special. Even though she came in both burgundy and dark sea green, the burgundy version looked EXACTLY like the 2002 doll. Seriously?
The 2005 and 2006 dolls are some of my personal favourites. The 2005 Holiday Barbies were released in (obviously) 2005, which happens to be my birth year, and the 2006 Barbies take a unique spin on traditional Russian dress.
Santa babyyyy~ Honestly, I can’t believe it took Mattel so dang long to make a Santa Holiday Barbie. What can I say? She’s iconic.
Next up is the 2011 special edition holiday Barbie. Sporting an emerald green dress, she’s one of my very favourites, but unlike the other ones, I can’t find a specific reason why. I suppose the green is a very pretty, festive colour, and looks especially nice with the African American version of the doll. No matter the reason, I believe Mattel did an really good job on her.
However, the 2012 Barbie doesn’t have quite the same effect for me. She’s undeniably gorgeous, and I like the black hair representation, but she’s somewhat forgettable amongst the other Holiday Barbies. It’s worth mentioning that my sister (who was born in 2012) disagrees.
Below are the 2013 and 2014 Holiday Barbies. I feel like…. Mattel was sort of running out of ideas at this point, but they had to keep making special Holiday Barbies, so they did what they could. Conspiracy theory alert! No, not really, but just look at the next few designs. They’re pretty, but forgettable. The 2015 Barbie doesn’t escape this trend either.
Luckily, in 2016, there was not 1, not 2, but 3 Holiday Barbie variations! Even though the design is somewhat plain, I really like these dolls nonetheless. And 2017’s Holiday Barbie came with a GIANT STAR IN HER BACK.
Last year’s Barbie came in a giant, poofy red dress, accompanied with silver jewelry accents.
She was the 30th anniversary Holiday Barbie, and something about her design does remind me of previous Holiday Barbies.
Here we are, at the end: 2019. This year’s Holiday Barbie is what inspired me to write this post in the first place, because of her delicious candy-cane design. I also adore the huge red bow on her shoulder, and the sideways hairstyle.
Over 31 years, Holiday Barbies have had extremely creative themes as well forgettable looks. Barbie has always been a fashion icon, and through these images, you can see how her outfits somewhat fit into what was stylish at the time. The 1990 Barbie and the 2017 Barbie are striking examples of this phenomenon. It’ll be interesting to see how future Holiday Barbies tackle the “holiday” theme in modern ways and evolve.
Thank you so much for reading, friends, and I wish you a wonderful holiday season!