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Last Fashion Week, Barbie set up a (very pink) Dream Closet at Lincoln Center, and now, she's moved into the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center at FIT. A two-story installation called Playing with Fashion debuted last week, and in it, pink mannequins showcase designs from the senior class made specifically for Barbie.
But the seniors put together more than the clothes. Students in the interior design, photography, and visual presentation programs also created storefront windows and "model-size rooms" for Barbie's Dream House. The top five submissions in each category are displayed in the exhibition, which was judged by Mattel execs Peter Helenek and Jim Holmes, and Joe Zee. Asked for his thoughts on the doll, Zee explained, "I always say Barbie was my first styling client. She was the first woman who let me dress her up any way that I wanted."
· FIT Students Think Pink for Barbie Installation [WWD]
· Barbie's Dream Closet Is Very Pink and Open to the Public [Racked NY]