Barbie is one of the most recognizable names and faces on the planet. Whether you subscribe to the notion that she's a fun role model with the capacity to inspire young girls to grow up to be whatever they wish, or you agree with Greenpeace that Barbie is to blame for rainforest destruction -- one thing's for certain: Barbie is a fashion icon. If your kids play with Barbie dolls, then you know that dressing them up in an array of different outfits and accessories can cost a boatload of cash -- and that the planet suffers from the resources used to create the diminutive duds and their packaging. But Tiny Frock Shop enables young eco-fashionistas to dress Barbie in style by selling vintage and resale Barbie clothing. The Tiny Frock Shop's online store is beautifully curated with secondhand Barbie apparel (mid-20th century to present) from swimsuits to wedding dresses, accessories, bags, jewelry, shoes and hair flair -- almost anything your little doll can dream up. Every item is meticulously fashioned and modeled by Barbie, as photographed by none other than Ken!
Tiny Frock Shop is a feast for the eyes due to founder Pamela Thompson’s impressive background as former head fashion designer at Betsey Johnson and Heatherette and designer at Anna Sui. The birth of Thompson’s daughter resurrected her love of doll clothes, so she created Tiny Frock Shop as “a magical high fashion playground for anyone who enjoys fashion and dolls. A place where pre-loved Barbie clothing and accessories are presented as Vogue worthy but sold at milk money prices.”
Every few months, Tiny Frock Shop showcases a new campaign featuring a trend from the Paris, Milan, London and NY runway shows. The campaign is akin to a one page editorial magazine spread that explains a bit about the trend and links to a “minishop” that takes you to the items that fit within the trend. This week Tiny Frock Shop launched their newest campaign, “A Good Sport” which highlights their editorial version of the “sport trend” featured on the runways for Spring/Summer 2012 from designers including Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta and Guy Laroche.