Beyond Barbie Photo Tour

 

Barbara Bissot

Dr. Bissot saw dolls as much more than childish playthings. Her collection provides us windows into the traditions of doll making as well as celebrations, costumes, folklore and everyday activities in nations around the world.

Celebrating

Music, food, dancing, hugging, kissing, toasting and talking ... people find many ways to celebrate all sorts of things.

Making a Living

Every job has its own traditions, norms and personal bonds. Some occupations even become symbols of cultural groups or nations.

Heroes and Rogues

Each of these historical figures and folktale characters has a special place within its culture.

Honoring Tradition

With these dolls, we see examples of specific clothing styles and colors that self-consciously represent a region, family, ethnic group or nationality.

Every Dress

These dolls represent costumes or activities that were common at the time they were created and many are still worn daily. Others can be seen in rituals, historical recreations or fashionable re-interpretations.

Music, food, dancing, hugging, kissing, toasting and talking ... people find many ways to celebrate all sorts of things.