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.
The Year Was 1965 … Barbie’s New Wardrobe!
In 1965, along with new doll-friends for Barbie’s little sister, Skipper, Mattel introduced the bendable-leg American Girl Barbie and American Girl Midge. The ladies had a new Fashion Pak with a variety of shoes (#1833) as well as Barbie’s Hostess Set (#1034). 32 new outfits for Barbie Doll were available in 1965 and 15 were repeated from previous seasons. The repeated outfits were: It’s Cold Outside (#0819), Cinderella (#0872), Guinevere (#0873), Barbie Arabian Nights (yes, “nights” instead of “knights,” #0874), Drum Majorette (#0875), Cheerleader (#0876), Red Flare (#0939), Bride’s Dream (#0947), Stormy Weather (#0949), Barbie Baby-Sits (#0953), Pajama Party (#1601), Crisp ‘N Cool (#1604), Barbie Skin Diver (#1608), Black Magic (#1609), and Dogs ‘N Duds (#1613).
Barbie Hostess Set
Barbie’s Hostess Set included a couple of outfits; Barbie Learns to Cook (#1634) and Invitation to Tea (#1632). Barbie Learns to Cook was a white short-sleeved “shirt” dress that fell above the knee; it was patterned with red, blue and green flowers and Barbie in script letters. The Invitation to Tea outfit was a red jumpsuit with a long red and gold lamé–threaded collared vest, gold metallic belt and glittered open-toed shoes. Barbie’s Hostess Set included kitchen and household items, a plastic record player and two Barbie “records.”
Barbie Clothes: 1965-1967
Fun and Games (#1619, 1965-1966); multi-colored striped, sleeveless dress with a pleated skirt. The croquet set included two metal wickets, a wooden mallet, two stakes and a ball.
Junior Prom (#1614, 1965); full length red chiffon sleeveless gown lined in red silk with a ruffled hem. The waistline had a floral appliqué. The outfit included a white rabbit stole, long white tricot gloves, red open-toed shoes and a chain necklace with a single “pearl.”
Saturday Matinee (#1615, 1965); this two-piece suit – a slender sheath skirt and long waist-fitting jacket – was made of a brown and metallic-gold tweed, maroon-tinted fabric. The wide-jacket collar had brown fur trim that was also on the sleeves. The jacket had six gold buttons spanning the length of the double-breasted bodice. Accessories included a matching hat, brown open-toed shoes, short brown tricot gloves and a gold purse with fur trim.
Campus Sweetheart (#1616, 1965); white satin, strapless, full-skirted gown with separate red and pink tulle panels that were fashioned at the waist. Long white tricot gloves, red open-toed shoes, a string of pink “pearls,” a bouquet of red, satin roses and a silver metal trophy cup (embossed with the initial “B”) were included in the package.
Midnight Blue (#1617, 1965); this was a formal evening gown with a strapless, silver lamé bodice and royal blue skirt. The satin cape had a wide, “fur” collar. Included with the outfit were long white tricot gloves, a “pearl” necklace, blue open-toed shoes and a silver clutch purse.
Junior Designer (#1620, 1965-1967); a simple, sleeveless, turquoise sheath dress with green stripes and zigzag printing. Children could decorate the dress with various flower appliqués in yellow, purple, red and orange. The dress came with a green belt and matching closed-toe pumps, a tiny metal iron and a "How to Design Your Own Fashions" book.
Knit Hit (#1621, 1965); two-piece knit dress – the bottom was a dark navy blue and the top was long-sleeved with a round collar. The sleeves were in navy blue but the rest was green with an argyle-like pattern of different colored flowers. Red pumps and a “newspaper” were included in the package.
Student Teacher (#1622, 1965-1966); a dress with three-quarter length sleeves, its red knit bodice had a white tucked-into panel blouse, complete with high collar and two red buttons. The skirt of the dress, just below a plastic red belt with a gold buckle, was a series of thin hounds-tooth stripes. Accessories included red pumps, black eyeglasses, a tiny plastic (world) globe, blackboard pointer and a geography “book.”
Vacation Time (#1623, 1965); a light pink, bulky pullover v-neck sweater matched up with white cotton shorts printed with a pink-check pattern. A plastic camera and pale pink flat shoes were included with the outfit.
Fun at the Fair (#1624, 1965); short-sleeved white blouse with a pattern of red, blue and green flowers and Barbie written in script — the same material used for the Barbie Learns to Cook (#1634) dress. A red wrap skirt with the Barbie print lining had a matching pocket on it, and the outfit included a headscarf of the same material. Red plastic tennis shoes and a wooden stick of pink cotton candy (made from real cotton) came with the set. Skipper Doll had a matching outfit.
Modern Art (#1625, 1965); pale green cotton, sleeveless dress where the wide, darker green organza collar covered the shoulders. The dress had a spread out pattern of tiny roses and a green organza sash that tied into a back bow. The accessories for this outfit were a patch of matching green closed-toe shoes, orange program that said “Mattel Art Gallery Presents Paintings by Barbie” and a miniature landscape painting in a gold and white plastic frame.
More Barbie Clothes: 1965-1967
Dancing Doll (#1626, 1965); sleeveless white, full-skirted dress with a pink gingham pattern and a white collar that covered the shoulders — the collar had pink flower appliqués on it. Extras included a pink plastic belt, white closed-toe shoes, a blue plastic record player and two Barbie records; one red label, the other in blue.
Country Club Dance (#1627, 1965); this short evening dress of white had gold spaghetti straps, gold diagonal stripes across the bodice and two lines of short, alternately diagonal stripes near the bottom. The outfit came with long white tricot gloves, a string of “pearls,” a gold metallic clutch purse and white pumps.
Brunch Time (#1628, 1965); sleeveless shift dress with a pattern of butterflies in purple, pink, orange, blue and green. The armholes, hem, belt and front trim were trimmed in orange-threaded lace; the front of the dress had 10 gold buttons down the middle and spaced from the bottom of the neckline to the hem. Accessories included orange pumps, a plastic coffee pot and three plastic “casserole” dishes with lids and a matching handle.
Skater’s Waltz (#1629, 1965-1966); long-sleeved pink knit leotard with matching short circle skirt. A light pink “fleecy” collar, matching mittens, hose and a pair of plastic ice skates completed the set.
Aboard Ship (#1631, 1965); long sleeve knitted dress — the top was patterned with horizontal stripes of red, white and light blue. The waist down was a darker blue in layered pleats. A long, blue, sleeveless vest with a back collar flap (that had white star appliqués on both ends) fastened on each side with four gold buttons. The outfit had a red plastic belt, red pumps, a plastic camera, travel brochures and a "How to Travel " book. Skipper Doll had a matching outfit.
Invitation to Tea (#1632, 1965); the same outfit as in Barbie’s Hostess Set, this ensemble was a pink jumpsuit with a long pink and silver lamé – threaded collared vest, a silver metallic belt and clear, glittered open-toed shoes. Serving pieces were included as accessories; a silver-colored teapot and two pink plastic tea cups and matching saucer.
Disc Date (#1633, 1965); white organdy-lined blouse with attached panty, puffy three-quarter length sleeves and ruffles down the bodice. The floor-length skirt, a fuchsia-hot pink color with a pale green waistband, had a row of sparkling buttons down the front. Rose-colored pink pumps, a plastic record player and two “Barbie”records accompanied the set.
Barbie Learns to Cook (#1634, 1965); the pattern was the same but the colors were different from the dress in the Barbie’s Hostess Set. Barbie Learns to Cook was a white short-sleeved full-skirted dress that fell above the knees; it was patterned with pink, blue, green and orange-colored flowers and Barbie in script letters. A hot pink plastic belt, light blue pumps and kitchen utensils were included in the set, as well as three “metal” pots and lids in different sizes, a double-boiler, tea kettle, toaster (and toast!), potholder and a "Barbie Easy As Pie" cookbook.
Fashion Editor (#1635, 1965); turquoise suit dress — the bodice was sparkled white silk with a green, dark gold and turquoise floral print and the skirt was a slim turquoise sheath — covered by a sleeveless turquoise jacket with a large, wide collar that was edged in green satin. The jacket closed in the back; on the front hip was a sprig of greenery with light blue flower buds. The outfit had a matching pillbox hat and turquoise pumps. A plastic “camera” was included.
Sleeping Pretty (#1636, 1965); light blue, nylon spaghetti strap nightgown with white lace appliqués on the bodice. The matching sheer nylon robe had puffed sleeves, “pearl” buttons and appliqués and a white ribbon at the waist. The set came with matching slippers, a blue satin pillow and a plastic comb and brush set.
Outdoor Life (#1637, 1965); light turquoise blue, short-sleeved top with blue and white small hounds tooth print striped pants. A matching jacket with larger checks and white buttons fit over the outfit, which also included white tennis shoes and a flat, round white hat.
And More Barbie Clothes ...
Fraternity Dance (#1638, 1965); an evening gown of lace, taffeta and chiffon. The white lace bodice was sleeveless and the light pink taffeta skirt was covered with fuchsia chiffon. The waist was tied with a double chiffon sash in bright blue and green and fastened with a gold “amethyst” pin. Long white tricot gloves, fuchsia open-toed shoes and a “pearl” drop necklace completed the set.
Holiday Dance (#1639, 1965-1966); white and metallic gold horizontal-striped evening gown with orange braid straps and an orange chiffon sash with wide ribbons. A gold clutch purse, long white gloves and closed-toe white pumps went with the outfit.
Matinee Fashion (#1640, 1965); sleeveless red sheath dress with braided trim and a short jacket with leopard print “fur” that fit over the dress bodice. A red pillbox hat with an attached chiffon scarf would drape over the doll’s shoulder. Red closed-toe shoes completed the outfit.
Slumber Party (#1642, 1965); two-piece pale pink satin pajamas with matching fleecy bathrobe that had a wide satin collar and belt sash. The pajamas, with blue trim stitching on the sleeves and down the front, also had a white pocket with blue trim. Pink slippers with blue pompoms, a blue comb and brush set, six Barbie pins, six pink plastic rollers, a cardboard weight scale and a "How to Lose Weight" book were included in the set.
Poodle Parade (#1643, 1965); sleeveless olive-green dress, pink turtleneck dickey and a white jacket with pink lining inside and green diamond checks outside. The outfit came with a pink cotton scarf, green shoes, an olive bag with white handles and white poodle print, brown sunglasses with blue lenses, a “metal” trophy and certificate of First Prize in the Poodle Parade.
On the Avenue (#1644, 1965); a dress of off-white and gold — the sleeveless bodice was dark gold lamé — the skirt, lined in taffeta, had threads of gold running through it. The short-sleeved, widespread jacket had a metallic gold belt attached to the front of it; the back was full. Short white gloves, matching pumps and a dimpled-gold metallic purse finished off the outfit.
Golden Glory (#1645, 1965-1966); long, slender evening dress of off-white with gold floral lamé print. A wide, bright green chiffon scarf attached around the waist and tied in the back. The long matching coat had a green lining and fur-trimmed neckline. Accessories included short white gloves, clear shoes with glitter and a green silk clutch purse with gold-threaded braiding in its center.
Magnificence (#1646, 1965); formal floor-length evening gown with red satin bodice and pink taffeta skirt under an overlay of pink chiffon with floral designs made of light pink flocking and glitter. The back of the skirt had two panels; red satin with white lining and when worn with the red satin overcoat (with a white “fur” collar and two “diamond” accents) the long panels on the front of the coat matched the ones on the dress. A full pink tulle slip with a ruffled hem and pink open-toed shoes came with the outfit.
Gold ‘n Glamour (#1647, 1965); dress with a sleeveless, gathered turquoise chiffon bodice that fit into a skirt of gold tweed. The short-sleeved gold tweed jacket with large tan-gold buttons had an attached scarf with brown “fur” on the ends. The outfit came with a graduated “pearl” necklace, gold clutch bag, round hat with wide “fur” brimming, long chocolate-brown tricot gloves and dark brown pumps.
Photo Fashion (#1648, 1965); turquoise bulk knit sweater, turquoise stretchy-pants, matching dickey, squishy flats and camera. The outfit, from the Sears 1965 catalog (but not Mattel’s catalog) was repeated in 1966 without the dickey, shoes and camera (#1671 Sporting Casuals). Barbie’s sister Skipper wore a matching outfit.
Barbie Baby-Sits (#0953, 1965); an updated version from the 1963/1964 release … no Barbie dress or apron but the set contained new and repeated accessories and a white christening gown for the baby.
To The Moon! And 1966 ...
1965 was the year that Barbie and Ken went to the moon! Miss Astronaut (#1641) and Mr. Astronaut (#1415) had Barbie and Ken in silver fabric spacesuits, each with brown plastic straps at the shoulders and across the chest. The suits had brown-painted details in the legs, abdomen and wrists. Brown plastic zipper boots and mittens fit over the dolls’ feet and hands and white plastic helmets over their heads. Each outfit included a sheer American flag on a wooden stick.
Barbie and Ken were ready to blast out of this world and Mattel was ready to blast into 1966. New Fashion Pak items, accessories and outfits were on the way for Barbie and her friends.
© 2011 Teri Silver
SanneL from Sweden on November 02, 2011:
This hub sure brings back some childhood memories. In 1965 I got my first and only Barbie doll. How much I enjoyed combing her hair and dressing her up in her tiny, chic outfits.
Thanks for this wonderful hub!