There are many unexpected perks that come with being one of our era’s most enduring supermodels, and, as Claudia Schiffer has just discovered, being turned into a Barbie doll is one of them. Schiffer, who turned 50 in August, has unveiled a special edition Barbie created in honour of her milestone birthday—a high fashion toy outfitted in some of the models’ most iconic looks.
Taking to Instagram, Schiffer revealed that the doll is available in two versions—the first featuring the flowing blue chiffon dress Schiffer wore to grace Versace’s autumn winter 1994 runway. Donatella Versace, who gave approval to the recreation of the Versace design, said in a statement: “Since we were little girls, Barbie has always been not only a doll, but most importantly it was a mirror of our society as it kept evolving.”
The second look came from Schiffer’s more recent turn in Balmain’s spring summer ’16 campaign, where she wore a form-fitting cut-out gown, cinched at the waist with a wide statement belt. “Claudia Schiffer is, of course, one of fashion’s most transformative figures—she’s the definition of a supermodel,” Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing said in a statement. “Over the decades, she’s inspired millions with her distinctive mix of confidence, style and beauty. Seeing her in one of my favourite runway looks was one of my proudest moments—and the Balmain campaign that she shot for me will forever remain one of my favourite memories.”
Collaborations between major fashion figures and Mattel, the creators of Barbie, have gone back decades. Heidi Klum, Twiggy and Gigi Hadid are among the models to have been transformed into doll-style replicas, as have other iconic cultural figures like Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor and Zendaya.