In 1964 Barbie hit a new phase of glamor, and it all began with the release of the Swirl Ponytail Barbie doll.
Unlike the first six Ponytail Barbies that had their hair pulled straight back with bangs in the front, this new doll had her bangs combed to the left, resembling a swirl.
Her hair was available in four different colors; Blonde, Brunette, Redhead and Platinum. (The Redhead boxes originally had Titian for the hair color, but was later changed to Redhead.) The dolls all had blue eyes and their eyebrows matched their hair color, but they did come in a variety of different lip shades.
The outfit that she was released in was a red Jersey swimsuit, with pearl stud earrings, red open toe shoes and a yellow ribbon that held her ponytail together. Read more
Imagine if you will being a young girl or a doll lover of any age, when the vintage fashion queen Barbie first made her appearance. Just having the box in your hands made your hair stand on end, all over.
How exciting to hold her in your hands, while gazing in awe and amazement at such a magnificent doll. However, not just any doll and not just any Barbie doll. This was the very first gift set Barbie doll.
The Fashion Queen Barbie appeared in public for the first time, in 1963. Her brown painted hair was molded to her head, and she wore a removable gold and white turban with a matching gold and white swimsuit.
You see the previous editions of Barbie had either a fixed ponytail or a bubble cut hairstyle, which left a lot to be desired in fashionable hairdos. (article continued below)... Read more
Barbie doll becomes even more lifelike this year as Living Barbie. She's almost lifelike with elbows, knees, and ankles that bend, and a head, waist, arms, hands, and legs that swivel.
It's the dawning of the disco scene with Maxi N Mini, a hip outfit with a faux-fur-lined metallic blue jacket. Other far-out fashions from 1970 are Lamb N Leather, a white faux lamb's wool coat and hat with pink go-go boots, and Fur Sighted, a bright red-orange pantsuit trimmed in wild yellow faux fur. Read more
Hairstyles have come and gone throughout this decade, and the style this year is long and flipped up at the ends.
Leg wear is hot, and so are Barbie doll's fashions. Fab Fur comes with waist high golden lame boots, and Yellow Mellow arrives dressed in yellow net tights that match her lemon yellow mini-dress.
Ken took the year 1968 off to work out, and returns this year with muscles. He also has a new head, knees that bend, and the ability to speak. Read more
Barbie doll speaks for the first time in both English and Spanish as Talking Barbie. She quotes six different phrases when a string on the back of the neck is pulled, including "I have a date tonight", "I love being a fashion model", and "Let's have a costume party."
Far-out fashions from this year include: Sparkle Squares, a metallic mini-dress and coat combination; All That Jazz, a wild coat and dress ensemble in pink, orange, yellow-green and gold stripes; Jump Into Lace, a pink jumpsuit underneath a sheer white lace over-suit.
Smasheroo, another great mod fashion from this year, is reproduced in 1998. Read more
This is a big year for changes in the Barbie doll with a new look and new fashions. From her haute couture look of the early 1960s, she evolves to fit into the "mod" look that's all the rage late in the decade.
As Twist N Turn Barbie, her face is more youthful with softer face paint, rooted eyelashes, long straight hair, and a torso that twists. Two of the mod fashions from this year are Fashion Shiner, with a vivid red vinyl coat, and Braniff Boarding Outfit, complete with a bubble hat.
Barbie gets her first celebrity friend this year when London fashion model Twiggy enters the Barbie scene. Read more
Color Magic Barbie debuts with hair and clothing that can be dyed. Her shoulder-length hair comes in Golden Blonde or Midnight Black, and can color to Scarlet Flame or Ruby Red.
Hats are big this year with Lunch on the Terrace, Pretty as a picture, and Shimmering Magic. Shimmering Magic is famous for the large, fancy white picture hat trimmed with white netting and red satin roses.
Another doll enters Barbie's family with the introduction of mod cousin Francie and little sister and brother, twins Tutti and Todd. Read more
Barbie doll is a good ol' "American Girl" in 1965. Her hairdo is the popular Pageboy cut with bangs, available in several hair colors.
Her fashions are inspired by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and offer a chic and sophisticated look. Some of the ensembles from this year are Saturday Matinee, Tickle Pink, Fraternity Dance, and Country Club Dance.
Barbie doll and her friends also become more lifelike this year with legs that bend.
Barbie also appears in 1965 as Miss Astronaut, inspiring girls long before women are accepted into the space program. Read more
Barbie doll appears this year in a pink swimsuit. Her eyes open and close, and this is the only Barbie doll to have eyes that do so.
The "Little Theater" collection debuts with Guinevere in a stunning blue velvet gown. Other ensembles from this collection include Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and an Arabian Nights outfit.
Two of this year's memorable fashions are Theatre Date, an exquisite emerald green satin suit with matching pillbox hat, and Sophisticated Lady, an elegant rose taffeta ball gown.