The National Black Doll Museum has announced plans to feature Black Barbie and a tribute to The Ebony Fashion Fair in its newest exhibition which will take place this in May. The museum announced that it would spend 2020 telling the stories of beauty, culture, and empowerment in its next exhibition.
The National Black Doll Museum, who is with the task of preserving the history of African Americans via arts and craft of Black dolls will open the exhibition ground in May along with the yearly Mother’s Day Tea held at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA, commemorating the production of the first Black Barbie doll by Kitty Black Perkins, which is the guest speaker.
According to the organizers ,the museum will host all the high fashion stops (with over 300 Barbie’s) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Black Barbie doll. They said, “As we explore the concept of her designer, Kitty Black Perkins, we will look at the importance of this groundbreaking doll. Why was a Black Barbie so important? How has she changed in the last four decades? And how has she changed the industry?”
Based on the theme of elegance and style, the museum will present “The Ebony Fashion Fair: A Retrospective.” “Using our fashion dolls and a treasure trove of artifacts, we journey through sixty years of the famous and glamorous touring Ebony Fashion Fair and its innovative founder, Eunice Johnson.”
Highlights are life-size mannequins dressed in garments chosen from the pages of Ebony magazine and reproduced by local seamstresses, an affirmation wall where visitors can share their wisdom and “I SEE ME” – an immersive experience reminding us: representation matters!
The organizers have, however, advised young people to immerse themselves this spring in empowerment and elegance. “VIBE with us as we examine the lives of Kitty Black Perkins and Eunice W. Johnson, role models of Black women empowering themselves and others with visuals that showed the unmistakable truth: Black IS Beautiful!”