Beyond the Pink: The History of The Barbie Dreamhouse

The new Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie is bringing The Barbie Dreamhouse to life – how much do you know about its history?

The Barbie Dreamhouse is a timeless symbol of creativity, fashion, and design. Since its introduction in 1962, the Dreamhouse has captivated the hearts of millions, becoming an essential feature of the Barbie franchise and a treasured toy for generations of children. Let’s go back in time to learn about the intriguing history of The Barbie Dreamhouse, from its humble origins to its transformation into a modern-day fantasy home. (As a bonus, check out the behind-the-scenes featurette on the upcoming movie’s set and design, including the lifesize Dreamhouse!)

The Original

The Barbie Dreamhouse first appeared in the 1960s. The original version was a small, folding cardboard design with a distinctive mid-century modern appearance. It included several spaces, including a living room, bedroom, and kitchen, all decorated with colorful furniture and accessories. Children would immerse themselves in Barbie’s world for the first time with this fun playset.

1970s, 1980s, 1990s

The Barbie Dreamhouse has experienced multiple changes in response to changing times and fashions. The Dreamhouse embraced the groovy disco era of the 1970s with vivid colors, shag carpeting, and eccentric home decor. It kept up with trends throughout the 1980s and 1990s, incorporating aspects of contemporary interior design and advanced technology.

2000s, 2010s, 2020s

Throughout the 2000s, The Barbie Dreamhouse has undergone several exciting modifications. The Dreamhouse was significantly updated in 2009 with a three-story design, an elevator, and modern facilities. With voice-activated capabilities and touchscreen controls, the 2013 edition takes interactivity to new heights. These enhancements allowed kids to immerse themselves entirely in Barbie’s modern world, and the technology and design advanced even further in the 2020s.

The Barbie Movie

The upcoming movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, directed by Greta Gerwig, might have the most incredible Barbie Dreamhouse of them all! These sets are lifesize versions, precisely what every Barbie lover wanted as a kid.

The Barbie Dreamhouse has provided children worldwide with hours of imaginative play and has become an iconic symbol of aspirational living. Barbie’s Dreamhouse has captivated children’s imaginations for over six decades. The evolution of the Dreamhouse from a basic cardboard playhouse to a technical marvel illustrates the Barbie franchise’s ongoing appeal and ability to adapt to changing eras. Who knows what the next chapter will bring in, but the Dreamhouse will always symbolize fun, fashion, and infinite imagination as Barbie continues to inspire and empower kids worldwide.