Barbie for big girls.

The Iconography of Fashion Dolls

Iconography by definition is: (source Bing Dictionary)


[ kə nóggrəfee ]  

  1. set of recognized images: the set of symbols or images used in a particular field of activity such as music or the movies and recognized by people as having a particular meaning
  2. symbols in painting: the symbols and images used conventionally in a genre of painting, or the study and interpretation of these symbols and images
  3. images of somebody or something specific: the collection, description, or study of images of somebody or something specific


For many of us, the last time we heard or thought about the word iconography was while studying for that art history final in college.  Since man invented the paintbrush, and more currently since the camera entered the scene, we as a society have been adding more and more data points to an ever expanding “iconography” on a variety of different subjects.  In todays culture, with the rise of social media and the resulting wave of images we are bathed in every day, iconography is perhaps entering our daily lives more often than one may think.   The fashion doll iconography time line, one can argue, began in March of 1959 when Ms. Barbie entered our cultural consciousness… and lets face it….she has owned the fashion doll genre since.  As a blogger, I wonder, “What data points am I adding to that time line?”.   My hope is that the images I contribute give a positive and supportive view of the community I enjoy being a part of.  

As many of you know, I enjoy doing slideshows set to music of my photos so I used this idea of iconography to present my next YouTube installment.  Enjoy!

Iconograhy–slideshow of fashion doll photos set to music

15 responses

  1. I totally enjoyed that.. such a lovely presentation of the different fashion dolls, I’m putting this into my subscribed channels.

    April 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

    • Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      April 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  2. OMG, I Love it! Adore the music and the beauty of your photography brought tears to my eyes.

    April 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

    • Awwww! Thank you so much my dear. I thought it was so funny that the song itself was called “iconography”. Full circle moment.

      April 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  3. fabulous!

    April 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    • Thank you!! I was really happy with how this one turned out.

      April 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  4. I do think your images you contribute give a positive and supportive view of the community that you enjoy being a part of. because you see the LOVE an PASION for the girls in your work.

    April 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    • Thank you so much Rogier! I am glad that my enthusiasm comes through in the photos and blog posts. 🙂

      April 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  5. Robyne

    This was truly inspirational. How wonderful to put so many lovely images to music. You are the reason I purchased the Silkstone in the yellow gown!

    April 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    • Awwww! That Gala Gown Silkstone is a true winner and I am glad my photos helped convince you to buy her. I am glad you enjoyed the slideshow Robyne. Thank you very much!

      April 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  6. Lisa Marie

    You have created a beautiful piece of art with a thoughtful & heartfelt perspective. It is inspirational as Robyne stated above. Your photography captured the essence of these dolls and some how made them seem real. Thank you for sharing!

    April 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    • Thank you for such a lovely and heartfelt comment! I am glad you enjoyed the photos and slideshow. 🙂

      April 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  7. SusanS

    Beautiful Rebecca – I adored the music you chose, definitely set the mood. Your passion shines through.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    • Thank you very much Susan!! I am glad you enjoyed and that my enthusiasm for this hobby shines through.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm

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