Kate Middleton’s Milliner Gives Barbie A Christmas Makeover

Kate Middleton's milliner, Stephen Jones, turns his hand to designing custom Christmas outfits for Barbie. Don't miss the pictures...

Barbie has been given the Kate Middleton treatment in time for Christmas, as British milliner Stephen Jones designs the ultimate party wardrobe.

The latest fashion figure to design for the iconic doll, Stephen Jones has created five Christmas-ready outfits for Barbie.

A complete contrast to the barely-there beauty we saw recently, Barbie is back to her uber-glam best in the statement ensembles.

‘The inspiration behind the looks is traditional Christmas symbolism such as holly, reindeer, and snow,’ says Stephen, naming his favourite outfit as the Holly Surprise design: ‘very Barbie and the robin on her head is so cute.’

Talking in more detail about the playful collaboration, he adds: ‘The fabrics have to have a lot of thought for example velvet on a human being looks luxurious, but on a Barbie it looks like fake fur.

‘Barbie is the most fabulous private client. She came into the salon for her Christmas morning hat and left with five glamorous outfits! Barbie and I have the same design vision; we love tradition, but have an eye for the future.’

As well as Holly Surprise Barbie, the new dolls include Toffee Ice Barbie, Santa Baby Barbie, Snowglobes Barbie and Christmas Treet Barbie – whose headpiece lights up with battery power.

Not her first custom designer collection, Barbie already boasts pieces from Burberry, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

The new festive dolls launch at Selfridges new London’s Toy Shop on Friday 15 November, each costing £250.

Is Barbie giving you Christmas outfit envy? Tell us your favourite design in the comments box below…

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