Barbie 50th Anniversary

Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough
Publisher: Assouline Publishing
Printed by: Artron Art Printing

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With her big eyes, blonde hair, and beauty, Barbie, dressed in a simple black-and-white striped swimsuit and a pair of high heels , has been a global sensation since 1959. Her name is known to children in over 150 countries.

In 2008, on Barbie’s 50th anniversary as a cultural icon, Assouline released the ultimate collector’s edition titled “Barbie 50th Anniversary.”

The book, written by Yona Zeldis McDonough, traces Barbie’s fashion history, imagines the life of this mysterious, glamorous, and fun-loving woman, showcasing vibrant models of Barbie at work and play, as well as presenting photos of various vintage Barbie dolls  and accessories, presenting this iconic figure in an unprecedented way.


Assouline’s ultimate collector’s series represents a return to the pursuit of luxurious, caring, and mysterious handcrafted books. Each page of this limited edition series is assembled using traditional English techniques and hand-colored on paper of artistic quality, bearing the unique mark of the artisan.

This is a dreamy book about a doll of dreams.  Barbie is not only an inspiration for children and adults, designers and artists, writers and cultural critics, but also a symbol of our dreams, hopes, and powerful and profound self-representation.