Dissecting fashion

Brocade fabric for Barbie product in Japan in the 60’s/1960年代に日本で生産されたバービー製品に使用された金らん生地


Left:1966 #1020 blushing Ken in 1961 #787 Tuxedo with corsage as boutonniere(probably somebody glued this corsage on to the jacket at a later date)

Front:1966 #1150 Color Magic Barbie wearing part of 1959 #961 Evening Splendour (coat, sheath, and shoes). she has been completely changed her hair by Plasticker.

Right:1966 #1010 Bendable leg Allan in 1961 #787 Tuxedo.

Japanese traditional brocade fabric is made up several small patterns. these fabric pattern is often arranged. Japanese brocade fabric is mostly used for Japanese traditional doll, fashion, buddhist equipment, accessories, and interior. still there are many brocade fabric manufacturers all over Japan, new textile designs are made every year to meet various user needs.

Barbie fashion 1959 #911 Golden Girl, #961 Evening Splendour, and Ken fashion 1964 #0772 The Prince used the same textile design fabric with Japanese lucky-charms. this fabric was testified as ‘custom order fabric’ by a former staff of Kokusai Boueki in a Japanese Barbie fan book which was published in 1990’s.

Fabric which is woven only with the ground colour and one added colour is possible to use both sides.

the ‘White and Gold’ design fabric/weave the pattern with gold weft thread  used for 1959 #911 Golden Girl, #961 Evening Splendour.

the ‘Green and Gold’ design fabric/weave the pattern with gold weft thread used for 1964 #0772 The Prince. The Prince jacket used the front-side of this fabric.


バービーの衣装 1959 #911 Golden Girl/#961 Evening Splendour, ケンの衣装 1964 #0772 The Prince には同じ柄の金らんの生地が使われています。1990年代に発行されたバービー大図鑑シリーズによると、この生地は’特別注文の生地である’と国際貿易社の元社員の方によって伝えられているそうです。


白色×金色のデザイン/金色の緯糸で柄を織っている生地は1959 #911 Golden Girl, #961 Evening Splendourに使われました。

緑色×金色のデザイン/金色の緯糸で柄を織っている生地は1964 #0772 The Princeに使われました。The Princeのジャケットはこの生地の表面を使っているデザインです。

front-sides  表面

back-sides  裏面

My ’inside-out’ version 1959 #911 Golden Girl, this is remodeled recently by me, NOT a Japanese exclusive dress at all. also this 1966 #1150 color magic Barbie has been changed her hair style as Japanese magical black by Plasticer.

左のドレスは生地の裏面を楽しむために、私が1959 #911 Golden Girlを反転して再縫製しました、日本仕様として販売されたドレスではありません。また、Plastickerによって1966年#1150 Color Magic Barbieが日本のスタイルに変えられています。

1959 #911 Golden Girlとその”表裏面反転”ヴァージョンのドレス

1959 #911 Golden Girl and “inside-out” version Golden Girl