Nostalgia is a look at what we loved, way back when. Teri is a journalist who enjoys writing about life and the cool stuff of yesteryear.
End of the Sixties
1969 was an historic year … highlights included America’s first "manned" moon landing (Apollo 11; July 20th; Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin) and, arguably, the most famous (then and now) music festival in the nation (Woodstock; August 15-17th, Bethel New York).
The Youth Movement was in full swing and Barbie Doll was swinging with the swingers. Mini, midi and maxi-hem lengths were in style. Bold patterns, sharp colors and various fabrics were popular with Barbie, Francie, Christie, Stacey, Julia and their friends. But there were classic styles, too. In 1969, 36 new outfits were released as well as fashion sets from J. C. Penney and Sears department stores. 16 ensembles from 1968 and a variety of Fashion Pak items also hit the 1969 market.
Original Outfits for 1969’s Barbie and Friends
1969’s Twist ‘n Turn Barbie Doll wore a colorful, one-piece checkered knit swim/playsuit with a high-neckband. The Talking Barbie Doll’s two-piece reddish-orange suit was made of vinyl and had a lacy white and orange trim cover-up. The Talking P. J. doll outfit was a patterned pink tricot mini-dress with long sleeves, shoes and a pair of matching lace panties. Twist ‘n Turn Stacey wore a one-piece suit in green, orange and pink.
Mattel released Truly Scrumptious (from the movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) in both standard and talking versions of the doll. The standard Truly doll wore a long pale-pink dress with a lace overlay, ruffled hem and ribbon around the waist. The Talking Truly Scrumptious doll came in a pale pink dress (with black netting over it) that had a bright pink bodice. Both dolls wore hats and shoes that matched their outfits.
Barbie’s 1969 Clothing Choices
Make Mine Midi (#1861, 1969); long-sleeved white blouse with lace trim, hot-pink mid-length skirt with scattered appliqués and a velvet yellow waistband, hot-pink half slip, pale-pink hose and thick-heeled shoes.
Country Capers (#1862, 1969); bright-yellow Bermuda shorts, long-sleeved white sweater with broad yellow and red horizontal stripes. Yellow shoes came with the outfit.
Pretty Power (#1863, 1969); this dress had a white, long-sleeved top with two buttons down the front, a sheer ruffled collar and sleeve cuffs. The attached skirt was pink with black and white swirled-floral print. Black bow shoes came with the dress.
Close-Ups (#1864, 1969); lingerie in hot-pink and yellow ... including a lacy, hot-pink bra (accented with a yellow flower), two-tiered yellow and pink petticoat and a pair of hot-pink hose.
Glo Go (#1865, 1969); dancing dress with a sleeveless raspberry-pink metallic bodice, underskirt of straight-lined white satin and overlay of chiffon. The chiffon skirt was white and with raspberry-pink dots and swirls. Thick-heeled pink shoes finished the look.
Movie Groovie (#1866, 1969); the silver-threaded bodice had sheer, hot-pink long sleeves — the same material trimmed the neckline. A pink satin skirt, hot-pink hose and bow shoes completed the outfit.
Dream-Ins (#1867, 1969); short strapped nightgown with a lacy pink high bodice and orange nylon empire waist. The accompanying plush robe in hot-pink had satin ties.
Happy Go Pink (#1868, 1969); the bodice of this dress was hot-pink — it had sheer three-quarter length sleeves and a wide collar. A metallic silver belt circled the white taffeta skirt with its organza overlay (trimmed with hot-pink embroidery). Pink “chunky” shoes came with the dress.
Midi-Magic (#1869, 1969); this short-sleeved dress had a high-waisted bodice of sheer white organza. A lace-trimmed taffeta bodice fit under the material, leading to a black skirt with a ruffled hem. The taffeta skirt was covered in organza. The empire waist was trimmed with a black velvet belt and two “diamond” buttons. Sheer black hose and bow shoes completed the ensemble.
Midi Marvelous (#1870, 1969); this white satin-lined dress was covered with sheer organdy. It had sheer, three-quarter length puffed sleeves with wide embroidered cuffs. The shoulders and double-tiered skirt were designed the same way. A pale-pink sash circled the waist. The matching hat featured the same embroidery with a pink ribbon hatband. Accessories included sheer white stockings and bow shoes.
Romantic Ruffles (#1871, 1969); pink and silver floor-length dress, the sleeveless silver lamé bodice connected with five tiers of ruffled pink net and a hot-pink taffeta underskirt. Silver dots sparkled on the net and a pink ribbon sash adorned the empire waist. The outfit included “rosette” earrings, a pink and silver lamé clutch purse and pink bow shoes.
See-Worthy (#1872, 1969); yes, it’s “see” instead of “sea” … turquoise “sailor” dress — the long-sleeved bodice had braided yellow trim around sleeves and square-backed collar. Three yellow buttons ran down the front of the dropped-waist dress, which fell into a mid-length, wide-pleated skirt. A yellow ribbon tied around the neck. The outfit included turquoise knee-socks with the braided yellow trim and a matching hat. Turquoise tennis shoes and a plastic camera came in the package.
More of Barbie’s 1969 Outfits
Plush Pony (#1873, 1969); the dress had a hot orange, long-sleeved top that fit into a “furry” skirt — white with black print. Orange trim accented the skirt’s hem and a gold metallic belt circled the waist. A matching mid-length “fur” coat with a gold chain belt and calf-high orange boots completed the look.
Fab City (#12874, 1969); evening gown with a silver-sparkled spaghetti-strapped lamé bodice that led into a white organdy-over-satin skirt. The skirt was adorned with hot-pink fabric flowers and black flocking. The high waistline of the dress was wrapped in rose-colored satin. The dress had an accompanying stole in silver lamé with a pink lining. Cut-out shoes and pink gloves added to the ensemble.
Let’s Have A Ball (#1879, 1969); floor length evening dress — the sleeveless turquoise velvet bodice fell into a long organza skirt with scattered pink, black and aqua-colored floral print. The underskirt was lined in white satin. A thin gold-braided waistband tied into a loop that held a brooch. The short-waisted jacket, with its full sleeves in turquoise velvet, was trimmed with genuine white fur. Pale-blue closed-toe shoes came in the package.
Winter Wedding (#1880, 1969-1970); heavy wide-skirted brocade gown ... its fitted bodice, long sleeves, neckline and cuffs were trimmed with rabbit fur. The skirt had a braided scalloped hem. The headpiece was also made of brocade and trimmed with fur; the attached tulle veil fell to mid-length. Barbie Doll carried a bouquet with five pink (velvet) flowers and green leaves tied with a satin ribbon. White closed-toe shoes completed the outfit.
Made For Each Other (#1881, 1969); yellow sleeveless blouse and a woven mini-skirt in yellow, orange and white plaid. The skirt had an orange satin waistband. A mid-length coat of the same pattern (with an orange-plush collar and vinyl belt) fit over the outfit. A plush orange hat, high plastic boots and a string of beads were included.
Silver Sparkle (#1885, 1969); silver mini-dress — the long-waisted ribbed-patterned bodice was fashioned with silver lamé threads. The attached skirt was metallic silver with a bow at the waist. Barbie or her friend Stacey Doll wore clear cut-out shoes with the dress. This was the same outfit released for a special Barbie Talkmagazine promotion. It offered the dress (called Salute to Silver; 1969-1970) for a special price when purchasing a subscription.
Hooray for Leather (#1477, 1969-1970); yellow vinyl skirt with a reddish-orange plush hem. The sweater of bright orange-red had three-quarter length sleeves. The outfit came with yellow bow shoes.
Dream Wrap (#1476, 1969-1970); white lace-trimmed short pajamas — the pale-pink material had white floral print and a hot-pink ribbon sash. Matching panties and pink felt slippers came with the set.
Shift Into Knit (#1478, 1969-1970); sleeveless shift dress — the bodice was red and the attached skirt was navy-blue. A gold chain belt circled the waist. Barbie Dollwore a red fringed-trimmed scarf around her neck and red “chunky” shoes.