Supermodel Claudia Schiffer is getting two new Barbies in her likeness in celebration of her 50th birthday. The runway icon already received the Barbie treatment in 2017, when the company released a Versace-wearing Claudia doll. Now, her tribute dolls will be outfitted with custom ensembles by Donatella Versace and Oliver Rousteing of Balmain.
The designers took inspiration from the model's past favourite looks. Donatella delved into the archive, adapting a Versace dress that Schiffer wore when walking the label’s Fall/Winter 1994 show. She created what Schiffer describes as a “dreamy, blue dress with a signature Versace corset bodice” for the doll to wear. Meanwhile, Donatella Versace said of Schiffer's runway moment, “The whole world immediately saw her as the personification of Barbie. Two strong women who do not need to be empowered by anyone.”
Rousteing echoed that sentiment, saying that he and the Balmain Army are constantly inspired by Schiffer’s confidence and individuality. The Balmain dress featured on Schiffer’s Barbie is a recreation of the dress worn by the supermodel in the Maison's 2016 campaign, an embellished black look with a waist-cinching belt and dramatic criss-cross details.
Schiffer says that this unique birthday gift is an honour that holds sentimentality, as her earliest childhood encounters with fashion were dressing up her own Barbie dolls.
Sadly, though, the Claudia Barbies are not up for grabs — these models will exist exclusively as an editorial for the @BarbieStyle Instagram page. Just like Schiffer, they are truly one of a kind.