barbie gets a matty bovan makeover

To celebrate the Barbster’s 58th birthday, young London designer Matty Bovan has teamed up with Lucy Alex Mac to create a film about all things girl.

by Tish Weinstock
10 March 2017, 10:20pm

At 58 years old, Barbie has had more jobs than a fashion intern desperate to make it in the industry. She's been a doctor, a ballet dancer, a life guard. You name it, she's done it. And now, as she nears her sixth decade on planet earth, she's been transformed into a Matty Bovan muse. Indeed, to celebrate her 58th birthday, the 26 year old designer has given her a makeover and she's never looked better.

As if that was all, Matty has teamed up with Lucy Alex Mac on a street cast film about all things girl. Set in and around Matty's family home is York, as well as his grandmother's house, The Knavesmere by York Racecourse, and local pub The Volunteer Arms, Girlness examines what it means to be a woman in 2017. "In this short film, we have taken Barbie's values and attitude, to showcase what female identity means to us in 2017," says Matty.

Barbie wearing miniature versions of Matty Bovan spring/summer 17 collection. Photo Alastair Strong.

"Our beautiful, modern characters are seen populating the everyday," adds Lucy, "recognisable world that we all inhabit - domestic interiors, residential streets and open green spaces, letting our cast explore and express their uniqueness onscreen." What better way to celebrate the birth of the most iconic doll on the planet. Happy Birthday Barbie!


Text Tish Weinstock
Backstage photography Ellie Stanton

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