Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Barbies by Byron Lars the First Through Current, Updated 02/18/2018

Top to Bottom:  Byron Lars' In the Limelight from the Runway Series 1997,
Charmaine King from the Passport Collection 2010, and Mackenzie Fenella Layla from the Passport Collection 2011

Actual image of Mackenzie Fenella Layla, courtesy of Romona J.

Since Barbie dolls designed by Byron Lars for Mattel are not documented together anywhere on the Internet by their series, and because a curious collector wanted to know the names of the dolls in each series, I decided to document the dolls in list form here.

The Runway Series (Models)
In the Limelight 1997
Cinnabar Sensation 1998 African American and Caucasian
Plum Royale 1999
Indigo Obsession 2000

Treasures of Africa (Africa is their theme)
Moja 2001
Mbili 2002
Tatu 2003
Nne 2004
Tano 2005

Chapeaux Collection (these have a hat theme)
Sugar 2006 (Designer, Sharon Zuckerman)
Coco 2007
Pepper 2008 (Designer, Sharon Zuckerman)

Byron Lars Passport Collection
Ayako Jones 2009
Mackenzie Fenella Layla 2011 (Designer, Ann Driskill)

Several images of these dolls (not in any certain order) can be seen in the results of a Google.com image search.  The dolls can also be viewed at the Barbie.Mattel website and on a Pinterest board.

Full descriptions and values for Lars dolls made prior to 2009 are included in two of my books:  The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls, 2002, and Black Dolls a Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating Collecting and Experiencing the Passion 2008.  Purchasing links are located under the Black Doll Reference Books tab.