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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Multicultural Mashup: Fenella Layla Barbie

I received my Byron Lars Fenella Layla Barbie in the mail. She’s beautiful as are all of his dolls but her outfit leaves a lot to be desired. I think I see the multicultural mashup concept of the design but it lacks the funky, fashion forward, awe-inspiring flavor I’ve come to expect to adorn a Byron Lars Barbie.

Instead, the outfit looks thrown together. There’s not nearly enough Kente cloth shown. The plaids are overpowering and make the design feel “heavy". After reading an interesting post on the Black Doll Collecting blog, I find that under the Byron Lars design name, Fenella Layla Barbie was actually designed by Ann Driskill.

I usually like Driskill’s designs. I’m looking forward to more great ones from her in the future. I’m still adding this to my Barbie Collection and looking forward to the next Byron Lars Barbie.

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Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Thanks for sharing an image of the actual doll. The fashion does look rather thrown together. I wonder how far away from Lars's original concept did Driskill's end result veer.


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Those doll are beautiful. I found some ooak repaints that are very beautiful and truly one of a kind...
please take a look thank you very much and again your doll are really magnificent

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Barbie doll and fashion doll painting is a fairly new art form, having come into the spotlight in the past ten years or so, thanks largely to Ebay serving as a showcase for these stunning beauties.

NOTE: I do not represent all of these photos as my own; these are photos of Barbie and other dolls that I find to be fabulous! If you are the actual photographer and would like to be credited, send me an e-mail.