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Celebrating Arab Women of Colour: Barbie's Collaboration with Jean-Louis Sabaji

by Mashaal Hussain

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Barbie's latest collaboration with renowned Middle Eastern designer, Jean-Louis Sabaji, marks a historic celebration of Arab women's beauty and empowerment. 

With a touch of alluring pink, this collection debuted during Arab Fashion Week in Dubai.


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For Jean-Louis Sabaji, Barbie holds a special place in his heart. 


In an interview with Arab News, Sabaji commented, “My first-ever fashion experience was with a Barbie doll, and as a child, I used to dress them.”


Now, on the 10-year anniversary of his brand, the dream of collaborating with Barbie becomes a reality – a nostalgic and fulfilling moment for the visionary designer.


Having previously dressed iconic women of colour, including Beyonce, Cardi B, and Kelly Rowland, Sabaji feels the immense responsibility to embrace culture in his designs. 


With the Arab Fashion Council's crucial support, this collaboration showcases the significance of presenting developing regional talent. It aligns with the values of millennials and Gen Z, promoting innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability in fashion.


Sabaji's collection draws inspiration from the graceful flamingo, symbolizing love, equality, and female authority. Barbie's signature pinks dominate the collection, thoughtfully paired with black to create an eye-catching contrast. 


The ensembles convey messages of empowerment and love for all, irrespective of body types.


The runway dazzles with Sabaji's versatile collection, celebrating femininity and charm. Feathers and sequins gracefully adorn the charming pink and black ensembles. 


Heart-shaped bodices with daring necklines and cut-out detailing symbolize love and strength. The lineup includes floor-sweeping evening gowns, form-fitting dresses, and elegant cocktail dresses, echoing Barbie's essence.


According to Sabaji, fashion is a medium of self-expression for every woman. It enables them to convey their identity and strength to the world. This collection not only exudes power but also emanates playfulness, creating a truly iconic moment during the Arab Fashion Week.


Barbie's collaboration with Jean-Louis Sabaji stands as a tribute to the beauty and strength of Arab women of color. 


The collection, inspired by love, equality, and empowerment, has etched its mark in fashion history. With inclusivity and creativity at its core, this collaboration sets an inspiring precedent for the fashion industry. 


As we celebrate this iconic moment, we eagerly await more groundbreaking creations from Jean-Louis Sabaji.


Edited by Emily Duff

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