Barbie Fashion Show



A fun way for kids to play with fashion design.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Barbie is super skinny and disproportionally built.

Violence & scariness
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This program is all about Barbie.

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.

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, where Mattel will select some of the designs to post.

Families can talk 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

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Developer:Vivendi Universal Games
Release date:September 29, 2004
ESRB rating:E for

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Teen, 13 years old Written byfrutie August 2, 2011


you can not even play games with out you giving them your imformation so donot think you playing games on them cause they will not let you sing up without your parents imformation.
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Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byBillieJoeFreek June 2, 2011


Really good for younger kids.
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Educational value
Teen, 16 years old Written byKeira Sutton April 27, 2011
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