Name: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Barbie and Diorama
Made by and When: Mattel, 2008
Material: Multiarticulated vinyl
Marks: TM/©2001/MATTEL, INC. (on the head), 2798 (on left side of lower back), ©2006 Mattel, Inc./INDONESIA (on right buttock)
Height: 11-1/2 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Rooted black hair pulled up to form a short Afro puff/brown painted eyes with black rooted eyelashes/closed mouth
Clothes: The white lacy collared leotard and white multilayered lacy skirt combo replicate the “Wade in the Water” costume from Alvin Ailey’s dance, Revelations.
Other: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) Barbie is the first Barbie inspired by a dance company. Designed by Artistic Director Emeritus Judith Jamison, the doll celebrates the 50th anniversary of the AAADT. This Pink Label doll uses the Mbili head sculpt. In the second and third pictures, the AAADT Barbie is part of a doll diorama. With the skirt of the costume removed, the doll relaxes on a chaise lounge after the “Wade in the Water” performance of Revelations.
There is a diorama in the slideshow below. The AAADT performs Revelations in the first video. In the second video, Judith Jamison talks about the AAADT.
Slideshow and Videos
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