​​​​​​Behold The Valley of the Dolls

A Barbie Collection in Portraits​​

Barbie 1980s

Featured 1980s dolls (from top to bottom, left to right): 1984 Great Shape Barbie, 1980 Black Barbie, 1986 Tropical Barbie, 1986 Rocker Barbie, Dolls of the World - 1982 India Barbie, 1987 German Barbie, 1981 Oriental Barbie, 1980 Italian Barbie, 1984 Sun Gold Malibu Black Ken & Barbie, 1982 Horse Lovin' Barbie & Ken (with horse Dallas), 1980 Sport 'n Shave Ken, 1984 Great Shape Barbie, 1982 All Star Ken, 1986 Rocker Barbies, and 1988 California Dream Barbie, Ken & Midge. 

Fads of the decade are well reflected in the 1980s Barbie doll-lines. There’s roller disco (Roller Skating Barbie), urban cowboy (Western Barbie), designer jeans (Fashion Jeans Barbie), aerobic fitness (Great Shape Barbie), yuppies (Day-to-Night Barbie), and new wave (Barbie and the Rockers). Barbie’s fashions are both neon-hued, influenced by hot MTV era girl acts like Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, and dramatic glamour gowns with cascading ruffles influenced by the divas of primetime soaps, Dallas and Dynasty. Think Barbie as a blue-eyed blonde Caucasian? Think again! 1980 introduces Barbie as African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and other races from around the globe with the annual Dolls of the World collection. Many new friends are introduced by decade’s end, including beautiful brunette Whitney, Asian Miko, Hispanic Teresa, African-American Steven, and Midge returns as Barbie’s BFF (in 1988) after being MIA since the 1960s.   

All dolls are from the collection of David Mansour.

Photos are the copyright of ©David James Mansour and ©Behold the Valley of the Dolls. 
"Barbie 1980s" text is an excerpt from Behold the Valley of the Dolls: A Barbie Collection in Portraits 
by David James Mansour