read the news // live the culture
The Upcoming | Read the news // Live the culture
Monday 24th November 2014
Menu

Bits of Barbie at Margaux Lange

  Saturday 13th October 2012
  Saturday 13th October 2012

There’s something ever so creepy about wearing Barbie’s lips on a pendant or Barbie’s eye in a brooch. At Margaux Lange you will find jewellery that is exactly that – bits of Barbie!

In 2001, Margaux Lange received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. The degree gave Margaux the foundation she needed for conceptual exploration in her jewellery work. Margaux was obsessed with Barbie during her childhood, and the miniature world is what she credits for nurturing her creativity and dexterity from an early age.

Margaux’s Plastic Body Series art jewellery collection used salvaged Barbie doll parts, combined with sterling silver and pigmented resins. The collection is a result of Margaux wanting to re-purpose mass-produced materials into handmade, wearable art. It’s intended to examine and celebrate the relationship with Barbie. 

When you first look at the collection, you find it unusual and a bit bizarre. However, when you continue to look at it, it’s a jewellery collection that is quite fun and individual. These Barbie Doll Blossom Ear Earrings work quite well, because from a distance it would appear to just be a flower with unusual petals, but close up it’s a flower made up from Barbie’s ears. Similarly, this Barbie Doll Smile Pin with red resin is also quite effective. Unless you’re told it’s Barbie’s mouth, you would just think it’s a kitsch brooch. 

“I’ve recently been inspired by the line-work found in vintage Barbie colouring books and have been working on a newer collection based on this idea. I have several newer pieces that I would call my favourites.” If Margaux struggles to pick one single piece then you will too. 

Admittedly, some of the pieces are a bit too creepy, in particular the necklaces where Barbie and Ken appear to be smooching. However, you can only see their mouths and nothing else. This Spark Necklace consists of just the mouths of the infamous dolls. To some people this may be too much, but others may love this.

The jewellery isn’t exactly cheap, but when you want to stand out from the crowd, it’s worth paying that bit more. Check out Margaux Lange’s Etsy site here for, literally, bits of Barbie.

Jenny Rodgers


More about the author

Jenny Rodgers

Share this story


  • Pin It
  • Share on Google+
  • Reddit
  • Stumble
  • LinkedIn

Latest related

Jack White at the O2 Arena | Live review
Jack White at the O2 Arena

You’d been forgiven for thinking that Jack White would use the biggest stage in London as a great opportunity to [read more]

Labour proposes to sell “non-essential” buildings to ease national deficit
Labour proposes to sell “non-essential” buildings to ease national deficit

Labour has proposed plans to sell four “non-essential buildings” in London in order to reduce the country’s [read more]

Flood warning raised as snow melts with rising temperatures in US
Flood warning raised as snow melts with rising temperatures in US

“Historic” levels of snowfall and rising temperatures in the north-east US have caused a serious flood risk, [read more]

Researchers design gecko-inspired Spider-Man gloves to climb glass
Researchers design gecko-inspired Spider-Man gloves to climb glass

Researchers at Stanford University have developed gloves which allow humans to scale surfaces such as glass, plastic, [read more]

The return of the knee high boot
The return of the knee high boot

London is, and has been for the past couple of years, a city which suffers with an intense addiction to ankle boots; we [read more]

Archives