Barbie Fashion Show

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
A fun way for kids to play with fashion design.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 63 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Barbie is super skinny and disproportionally built.

Violence & Scariness
Language
Consumerism

This program is all about Barbie.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Barbie and her friends have exaggerated figures. While the friends have different skin colors that hint at ethnicity, the faces all resemble Barbie's, so this attempt at diversity is lukewarm at best.

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Parent of a 18+-year-old Written bySuperStarzSingerz August 29, 2013

Barbie Fashion Show

I have this game and it is an amazing game where you design fashions for certain events! it is very fun. You can suit the fashions to your own style which is am... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bycuteniya September 18, 2013

FASHION POP

i think that it is fun because it is popping
Kid, 12 years old March 19, 2013

Not for kids.

This barbie game is not for kids. This game shows so much clevage that I almost flipped by laptop when I saw It. Your kid should not play this game.

What's it about?

In BARBIE FASHION SHOW, players team up with Barbie to design outfits for 20 fashion collections including \"School Spirit\" and \"Barbie Bridal,\" and they choreograph fashion shows to display their creations. To create outfits, kids head to Barbie's Design Table to pick from over 70 clothing patterns including tops, bottoms, and dresses. and then create the clothing by choosing from over 240 different fabrics. When a collection is complete, players choose among Barbie and four of her friends to model the outfits. Next, budding fashion designers customize their own fashion shows by choosing the shape of the stage, the background, the runway textures, the stage decorations, the music, the lights, and the models' moves.

Is it any good?

Barbie's friends have different skin colors that hint at ethnicity, but the faces all resemble Barbie's so this attempt at diversity is lukewarm at best. Cleverly, the program doesn't give players all the patterns and fabric options in the beginning -- they are unlocked gradually during the first 10 assignments. An easy-to-use interface and special brushes allow kids to combine fabrics; 80 different decals add pizzazz. Kids can even try to share their creations by uploading them to www.Barbie.com, where Mattel will select some of the designs to post.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the Barbie in this game is similar to and different from the doll. Families can also discuss the work that goes into designing a fashion show. When you design clothing for the show, are you thinking about whether these clothes could be worn in real life?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Vivendi Universal Games
  • Release date: September 29, 2004
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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