I grew up playing Barbie. Until now, I have with me my only Barbie doll. She is my only companion during the happiest and even the saddest days of my growing up years. After all, I am an only child and has no one to play with. Good thing, my Barbie kept me company.
Now with five children – all boys, it saddens me that I cannot share with them the toy I so lovingly kept and wished that one day, my kids would play. There is none in the family, too, whom I could share the excitement with when I learned there is a Barbie exhibit happening at The Block SM North EDSA.
Barbie Exhibit Celebrates Pinoy Freedom
From June 3 to 13, SM Supermalls features a collection of Barbie dolls wearing locally designed fashion couture. The exhibit also marks the celebration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day, highlighting Pinoy fashion and freedom in collaboration with the world’s most iconic doll, Barbie.
Barbie Exhibit Celebrates Pinoy Talent
I did a quick visit to the exhibit, and I just felt too proud of being a Filipino. The many Barbie on display all show the exceptional talent of local designers. I was amazed by how some of the country’s sought-after Filipino fashion designers could dress up the beautiful Barbie and make all the dolls look stunning. The likes of Rajo Laurel, Martin Bautista, Mak Tumang, John Herrera, and Anthony Ramirez, among others, truly did an exceptional job even to the most minute detail.
Barbie Exhibit Celebrates Pinoy Fashion
The Barbie dolls on display aren’t all glammed up for parties and beauty pageants alone. Some are dressed in mixed contemporary high-fashion and streetwear inspired by the country’s rich heritage. There are beauty queen Barbie dolls as well covered in the gowns that made history on-stage. A few on display are Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wutzbach, Ms. International 2013 Megan Young, and Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.
Barbie Exhibit Celebrates Pinoy Artistry
What makes the exhibit extra interesting are the Barbie doll outfits created out of indigenous and recyclable materials. And these are made possible with the collaboration of some of the talents of Fashion Institute of the Philippines, Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship Fashion Arts Design, and Fashion Designers Alliance.
Barbie Exhibit at SM North EDSA
I guess, words aren’t enough to describe the awe I felt as I look at each Barbie doll. You better visit The Block SM North EDSA until June 13 to witness SM’s Pinoy Barbie exhibit. And I guarantee you, looking at each beautiful doll will make you remember that once in your life, you played and even adorned Barbie dolls. You might also realize that letting your little girl have her Barbie doll isn’t too much as well. Playing with one is a celebration of innocence, womanhood, and beauty.