And in the category "coolest things ever done with a Barbie," we have the brilliant and provocative jewelry of Margaux Lange. From her site:
Barbie dolls were extremely significant in fueling my creative life as a child. They were manipulated and controlled to fit infinite situations of my choosing. I immersed myself in on-going narratives (complete with elaborate handmade dwellings) where are my fears, embarrassments, joys and explorations of human interactions and sexuality could be played out like characters on a stage. An invaluable tool for the expansion of my imagination as a child, ironically, Barbie continues to be such for me as an adult.Among her recent accolades is inclusion in 500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form, part of the Lark Jewelry Book series. (1000 Rings continues to languish, alas, on my Amazon.com wish list.)
Whether you love her or hate her, there are few who feel neutral about the plastic princess. I am fascinated with who she is as a cultural icon, her distinguished celebrity status, and the enormous impact she has had on our society. Specifically, I am intrigued with her influence in defining gender roles of women in contemporary American culture.