Barbie, the #1 fashion doll in the world, will receive the Board of Directors’ Tribute award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

In line with the 60th anniversary of Barbie, the CFDA Board of Directors is giving Barbie this special honour to celebrate her influence on American fashion and her role as an inspiring icon around the world.

Past honourees of this prestigious award include First Lady Michelle Obama, Tom Ford, Gloria Steinem, Janelle Monáe, Cecile Richards, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

For the past six decades, Barbie has inspired and been inspired by fashion and creative communities

Barbie has collaborated with more than 75 designers and influencers including Gigi Hadid and Jeremy Scott for Moschino. The brand’s first designer partnership was with Oscar de la Renta in 1985 and 2019 CFDA Honouree Bob Mackie collaborated with Barbie on a collector doll in 1990. Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Sui, Zac Posen, Badgley Mischka, and Stephen Burrows are among the CFDA members who have created special dolls with Barbie.

“Barbie has had such wide influence on American fashion and culture,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA. “Her story personally resonates with so many CFDA members that the Board of Directors decided to honour her with the special tribute.”

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“It is a tremendous honour for Barbie to be recognised by the CFDA Board of Directors for her contributions to American fashion. For the past six decades, Barbie has inspired and been inspired by fashion and creative communities,” said Richard Dickson, President and Chief Operation Officer, Mattel. “Barbie has had the great privilege of collaborating with some of the greatest designers of our time and this award is a moment to celebrate her lasting influence.”

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June at the Brooklyn Museum.