This plastic fashion doll first stocked the shelves in 1959 and has kept its immense popularity ever since. Trends come and go, but it looks like Barbie is simply timeless.
Actually, it seems that Barbie’s way of sticking around is by embracing different trends in fashion and culture. Looking back at popular Barbie dolls from decades ago is like traveling through time and seeing what was the periodic hype all about. Keep reading to get a glimpse into retro fashion and see what Barbie was the most popular when you were born.
Teenage Fashion Barbie, the first Barbie ever made, hits the shelves wearing a black-and-white swimsuit.
She was fashionable and she knew it.
Fashion Designer Barbie was a feisty brunette with a pencil skirt and a matching bolero.
She knew everything about the latest trends in fashion.
Barbie Solo In The Spotlight was working on a glamorous career as a singer.
She had a microphone, a sparkly dress, and long shiny gloves.
While her previous sisters were sporting ponytails, this Barbie Red Flair wanted something different.
She became popular thanks to her voluminous hairstyle, which was all the rage back then.
Career Girl Barbie meant business and she wanted everyone to know about it.
With her business suit and a matching hat, she was the definition of chic.
This Barbie knew that she couldn’t go wrong with a little black dress.
The suit-wearing Ken by her side also knew a thing or two about formal evening wear.
Barbie was always destined for greatness.
Astronaut Barbie with her spacesuit and helmet was just the beginning.
This Barbie is called Color Magic Barbie, and boy is that colorful romper magical.
She looks like she is about to have a fun day at the beach.
Not anyone can pull off bangs. They take constant maintenance as many girls understand at some point.
Barbie Twist N’ Turn was doing just fine with her bangs, thank you very much.
As her name might suggest, Talking Barbie was insanely popular because of her string activated voice box.
After all, how often do your favorite toys talk back to you?
Barbie got a new friend named Christie. The two were easily the most fashionable duo in the toy store.
A single look at Christie will tell you everything you need to know about her great sense of style.
This Barbie was also a part of the Twist N Turn line. She had a hot pink printed romper with matching mani-pedi.
Also, her hot-roller hairdo was very much on-point.
Malibu Barbie must be one of the most famous Barbie models ever made. She has platinum blonde hair and sun-kissed skin.
This Barbie was going to the beach and she wanted everyone to know about it.
Groove is in the heart of this fabulous Francine. A most fashionable friend to Barbie, her suit was coveted by many.
You could find Francine’s hairdo on many of the women of the decade.
With some scrubs and a face mask, Surgeon Barbie was busy caring for the sick.
We were a little surprised to see that the short smock meets her hospital’s regulations.
With her never ending line of glamorous trades and titles, it’s hard to believe that Miss America Barbie took nearly 15 years to appear.
Her message to the people is to have faith and never give up on your dreams.
Olympic Skier Barbie is ready for winter with her snow goggles and set of stylish skis.
You might also notice her body position is different to match her skiing skills.
Ballerina Barbie was ready to dance the lead in Swan Lake.
Her white tutu and pointe shoes were something any little aspiring ballerina would love to have.
Barbie was always known for being pretty, fashionable and glamorous — qualities possessed by many models.
An official Fashion Model Barbie, however, wasn’t released until 1977.
Superstar Barbie is ready to take the red carpet in her shiny satin dress and sparkly boa.
Her hunky Ken is not too far behind with a pair of loafers and a blue romper.
Barbie and Ken are no strangers to the beach. That much we all know.
It was only a matter of time until they got matching bathing suits and started working on their tan together.
Barbie is dressed in a stunning red gown which reveals an arm and a leg in a sophisticated way.
Her impeccable styling includes matching red earrings, ring, and high heels.
With a golden outfit befitting an Oscar figurine, Golden Dream Barbie is a real showstopper.
Her metallic ensemble also includes an overskirt, a capelet and a long set of gloves.
Angel Face Barbie had an Elizabethan sense of style.
Her lace top and antique cameo brooch can easily be worn by leading women in periodical drama.
Loving You Barbie made the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any Barbie lover.
Not only did she have hearts printed on her puffy sleeves, but her entire bodice was also heart-shaped too.
Judging by their clothes, it seems that Dream Date Barbie and her Ken are going ballroom dancing.
With the sequins on Barbie’s dress, and Ken’s cumberbund and lapel flower, you just know every eye in the room will be looking at them.
This pink scarf, hat and overcoat ensemble is meant to take this Barbie from a day in the office to an evening out with friends.
This is why she’s called the Day to Night Barbie. We would definitely take fashion tips from her if she manages to fit us into her busy schedule.
One of Barbie’s many talents is singing, and in the ‘80s, she even formed a band. They were called ‘Barbie and the Rockers’, and they were styled in true ‘80s fashion.
The ribbon tied on a massive hair, the shoulder pads and the neon colors simply scream ‘80s.
Barbie’s band has made quite a name for themselves, which resulted in Bopsy, one of the members, gracing some toy store shelves.
Judging by the microphone in her hand and the print on her jacket, we would say she sings backup and that she plays the sax.
There is a lot going on for Fashion Magic Barbie. There is actually so much going on we’re not even sure what season she’s dressed for.
Her leg warmers and leggings say fall, and her funky shirt says summer. The overall outfit, however, says it’s the ‘80s.
She’s beauty, she’s grace, her hair is in your face. Also in your face — her huge, sparkly tulle dress, and faux fur bolero.
Life in plastic must be really fantastic for Super Star Barbie.
Bob Mackie is only one of the A-list designers to collaborate with the Barbie World over the years.
He is the man behind this fabulous mermaid cut skirt and high-rising hairdo.
Another impressive line to add to Barbie’s resume is an Air Force pilot.
Even when she’s flying high, she makes sure to look her best with a stylish leather jacket over her uniform.
Look at that hair! Any aspiring hair designer would have loved to practice this Barbie as a child.
This Totally Hair Barbie even came with a special hair gel. No wonder she was Mattel’s best-selling Barbie ever.
Stop in the name of the glam! This lovely law enforcer wears the hell out of her uniform.
It’s quite inspiring to see how Police Officer Barbie manages to maintain her long golden locks while fighting crime.
Accessorized with a set of pink oxygen tanks and a pair of matching flippers, Scuba Barbie is ready for her dive.
Under the sea, she will get to meet some new aquatic friends.
After fighting crime as a police officer, Barbie was finally ready to fight fire.
All she needs are her fireproof uniform and her first aid kit and she’s good to go.
Gymnast Barbie loves her gold medal and watching Nadia Comaneci videos.
This Barbie is one of the few models with flat feet that don’t fit into high heels.
One thing that doesn’t change in the Barbie design is her impeccably white smile.
As Dentist Barbie she is able to share her smile secrets with others. The secrets, by the way, are regular brushing and flossing.
Lead Singer Barbie is for every child who’s ever wondered what it would be like to live the rock star fantasy.
Her thigh high boots and mini dress make for a perfect debut concert outfit.
Working Woman Barbie comes with a set of items that make her employee of the month no matter what she does for a living.
She has a shoulder bag, a cell phone, and the power suit to match her important position.
No, this isn’t Hillary Clinton Barbie, but she’s not far from it either.
Meet Presidential Candidate Barbie. Her coiffed hair and electric blue suit have already won our vote.
Other than the gold medal she won, Olympic Swimmer Barbie comes wearing the American uniform as well as swimming goggles.
We loved that her hair was pulled back in a pool-ready manner.
Unleash your inner artist with Art Teacher Barbie. Her bold colored outfit is bound to inspire her art students.
Imagination, life is your creation.
This fashion-forward Barbie is another collaboration with a famous designer. This time it’s Kate Spade.
This super chic Barbie has places to go and people to see, as does her dog.
Four years after being elected for president, Barbie has plans to get re-elected.
She traded her blue suit for a red one and we believe it was the right thing to do.
Producer Barbie has what Hollywood calls a can-do-attitude, which will take her far in this industry.
Although, with an outfit that stylish, we think she needs to be in front of the camera, and not behind the scenes.
Much like the ballerinas in every little girl’s fantasy, 2006 Ballerina Barbie has the sparkly pink tutu of joy.
The look is complete with a pair of pink Pointe shoes and a tight updo.
Looking for new hobbies to try, Barbie discovered cooking.
Chef Barbie enjoys her easy-bake oven and wearing her fuchsia apron.
Barbie has always been good with kids. By 2008 she had taught them about art, fashion, and oral hygiene.
It was only a matter of time until Soccer Coach Barbie taught them a thing or two about sports.
Barbie has done a lot to help the sick, both as a surgeon and as a dentist.
Now she felt like it was time to help newborn babies.
Computer Engineer Barbie was a way to inspire more women and girls to learn computer science.
She comes with her very own pink laptop and a binary code print shirt befitting a stylish computer geek.
You can count on Architect Barbie to build her own dollhouse and do it well.
This Barbie comes with a portfolio bag and a hard hat she can wear when visiting construction sites because safety first.
I Can Be a Fashion Designer Barbie is ready for any design challenge that comes her way.
From the measuring tape on her shirt, to the pincushion in her wrist, she has all the tools she needs.
Astronaut Barbie's modern sister is here and this time she's on a mission to explore Mars.
With those pink accents on her spacesuit, any form of extraterrestrial being will know she comes in peace.
This career-driven young lady has a hectic day but that doesn't mean she can't fit another meeting on her schedule.
Entrepreneur Barbie is about to make it big with her startup company and her hi-tech smartphone.
In an effort to be more inclusive, Mattel released the FindYourStyle Barbie series.
Barbies on this collection came in a variety of ethnic backgrounds and fabulous outfits.
As Mattel kept striving for the representation of more shapes and sizes, they came out with Barbies more people can relate to.
The line features Curvy Barbie, Petite Barbie, Tall Barbie, and more.
Now the Fashionista Barbie line not only allows you to choose from different shapes, sizes, and fashionable outfits.
You can also choose your Barbie's boyfriend from the variety of fashion-forward Ken dolls.