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Barbie Imitates Some of Fashion's Most Iconic Photos

‘Iconic B’ immortalizes the most memorable images of the past 60 years.

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Barbie Imitates Some of Fashion's Most Iconic Photos

‘Iconic B’ immortalizes the most memorable images of the past 60 years.

Barbie’s place and history in Western culture is rich after first appearing in 1959, having massive influence the world over. Through his Iconic B series, Alberto Alicata seeks to reversely use the doll as a subject inspired by the very nuances that often use her as inspiration — fashion, beauty and art. “Many of the photographers I like had used Barbie as a reference point at some point during their careers as a point of reference for beauty or an inspiring muse,” the Sicilian photographer explains. “Or often, they created shots with real models that recall her features.”

Alicato refers to images that have become iconic in fashion and art over the past 60 years and spends weeks’ worth of research to reproduce them on a doll-sized scale. Above, Patrick Demarchelier’s 1990 portrait of Christy Turlington, Gian Paolo Barbieri’s shot of Audrey Hepburn from 1969’s Vogue, Richard Avedon’s Dovima with Elephants 1955 image and Shirin Neshat’s Rebellious Silence from 1994 are among the portraits immortalized by the plastic figure. For more, visit Feature Shoot.

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