For sale is a 1962 BARBIE & KEN FASHION CATALOGUE from Mattel. This little 1962 Barbie and Ken Fashion Booklet Teen-Age Model Catalog is in fair condition with wear and folded corners. The catalog is about 50 pages and is helpful for researching vintage Barbie doll clothing outfits. Catalogue provides item numbers and cost for clothes for Barbie and Ken. This full color clothing fashion catalogue has a 1962 copyright date. Booklet measures 4 inches by 3 inches. A fun vintage Barbie collectible from the outset of the Barbie toy line.
Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by American toy company Mattel, Inc. and launched on March 9, 1959. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over six decades and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parodies of the doll and her lifestyle. The first Barbie doll wore a black-and-white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette. The doll was marketed as a “Teen-age Fashion Model”, with her clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson. The first Barbie dolls were manufactured in Japan, with their clothes hand-stitched by Japanese homeworkers. From 1959 until 1972, Barbies were made in Japan and have “Made in Japan” or “Japan” stamped on the bottom of their feet.
Barbie’s appearance has been changed many times, most notably in 1971 when the doll’s eyes were adjusted to look forwards rather than having the demure sideways glance of the original model.