50 Years Of Barbie Couture

Barbie's a well-preserved 50 years old in '09, and a raft of big-namers are dolling her in custom couture for the big day. Here's a look at the other designer threads she's sported....

The gallery takes Barbie from Bob Mackie to Oscar de la Rents (not the best look) and back again. Most of these designs come from the late '90s, when Mattel went wild with designer tie-ins, but a few are earlier (Bob Mackie, anyone?) and we like to think they arose from the designers' organic love of America's plastic sweetheart. As for our faves? Well, Barbie looks classically chic in Dior New Look, but you gotta love her power-suited out in Anne Klein - dowdy hair and all. Can the golden anniversary looks really compare? One things for sure - we can't wait to find out. [VogueUK]