Byron Lars In the Limelight Barbie

Photographs courtesy of Telisa Spain

Name: In the Limelight Barbie

Made by and When: Mattel, 1997

Material: Vinyl

Height: 11-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black rooted hair styled up in an array of curls, brown painted eyes, closed smiling mouth

Clothes: This doll wears a velvety gown of rich chocolate brown that is boldly accented with a metallic cape lined in luscious lime. Strappy shoes and a dash of faux fur at the collar and wrists complete her dramatic look. (

Other: Fashion designer, Byron Lars, designed In the Lime Light Barbie, which is the first doll in the Runway Series of five dolls. In the Limelight uses the Nichelle head sculpt. One doll in this series is White (Cinnabar Sensation); all others in this series and subsequent Lars Barbie collections are Black. Cinnabar Sensation was created as an African American and Caucasian.

Byron Lars Barbie Pinterest Board

Byron Lars Barbies are pinned to a Pinterest board that has sections for each series/collection where all dolls can be viewed at a glance. Each pin links to the archive page for the doll.

List of All Byron Lars Barbies

The Lars Barbies are listed below by series or collection with links to their archive pages. Many of the dolls were inspired by Byron Lars’ designs. The names of Barbie designers involved in the designs of some of the later dolls are listed in parentheses:

The Runway Series (Models)
In the Limelight 1997
Cinnabar Sensation 1998 African American and Caucasian
Plum Royale 1999
Indigo Obsession 2000

Treasures of Africa (Africa is the theme.)
Moja 2001
Mbili 2002
Tatu 2003
Nne 2004
Tano 2005

Chapeaux Collection (Hat Theme)
Sugar 2006 (Designer, Sharon Zuckerman)
Coco 2007
Pepper 2008 (Designer, Sharon Zuckerman)

Byron Lars Passport Collection
Ayako Jones 2009

Charmaine King 2010

Mackenzie Fenella Layla 2011 (Designer, Ann Driskill)

More In The Limelight Pictures


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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