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Virtual Event

Dressing Barbie

Saturday, August 15

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum invites you to join us for a virtual presentation by Carol Spencer as she shares about her storied career at Mattel dressing America’s favorite doll for 36 years. Spencer has influenced fashion through her fantastical designs for Barbie, which have thrilled both children and adults for decades. She was the first designer to have her signature on the doll, the first to go on a signing tour, the first to design a limited-edition Barbie Doll for collectors, and the designer of the best selling Barbie of all time.

Spencer’s book, Dressing Barbie: A Celebration of the Clothes That Made America’s Favorite Doll and the Incredible Woman Behind Them (2019), has gained international press coverage as publishers make their way to her living room to interview Spencer and photograph her amazing private archive. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 5.

Ticket price includes Zoom conference link and a Barbie Brunch Box (for pickup or shipment):

  • Signed and personalized copy of Dressing Barbie
  • 187 mL bottle of rosé
  • Barbie collector card
  • Barbie cookies
  • Rose tea
  • Cat-eye sunglasses
  • Mini Barbie Dreamhouse
  • Mini Barbie Doll Pen

Questions? Email Odette Barrientos at [email protected]

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15 th

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.



$ 100

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories