1983 The Outfits

In 1983 Mattel ended the Fashion Collectibles and Fashion Favorites lines, and replaced them with Fashion Classics. These outfits all came with shoes. They are better-made than the Superstar series, and there are some great classic outfits among them. The Designer Originals were also replaced, by the Designer Collection (also known in Canada and France as (La) collection haute-couture). The outfits were made in the Philippines or Taiwan, with the shoes still produced mostly in Hong Kong.


THE FASHION CLASSICS

Fun at McDonald’s was not available in Europe and I have never found a Kmart variation of it, but there is a Canadian version, with Fashion Classics translated as La collection classique. All other Canadian/French Fashion Classics from 1983 are called De vêtements classiques.

FASHION CLASSICS Fun at McDonald’s #4276

1983 #4276 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #4276 Fun at McDonald’s
1983 #4276 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #4276
1983 #4276 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #4276
1983 #4276 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #4276 accessories
1983 Fashion Classics #4276 in original packaging
1983 Fashion Classics #4276 in original packaging
1983 #4276 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #4276 (Canadian version)

Kmart produced their own versions of all the 1983 Fashion Classics below. They are packaged uniquely, with a picture of Dream Date Ken on the front. The reverse of the packaging is dated 1983, so they were either sold in late 1983, or 1984. It is difficult to be precise, because I have yet to find any Kmart catalogues from this period. Many variation fabrics and/or shoes were used, several of which are shown.

FASHION CLASSICS Go-Anywhere Gear! #5819

1983 #5819 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5819 Go-Anywhere Gear!
1983 #5819 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5819
1983 #5819 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5819
1983 #5819 Fashion Classics shoes
1983 Fashion Classics #5819 shoes
1983 #5819 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5819 in original packaging
1983 #5819 Fashion Classics (Canadian version)
1983 Fashion Classics #5819 (Canadian/French version)
1984 #5819 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5819
1984 #5819 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5819
1984 #5819 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5819
1984 #5819 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5819 sneakers
1984 #5819 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5819 in original packaging

FASHION CLASSICS Country Flair! #5820

1983 #5820 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5820 Country Flair!
1983 #5820 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5820
1983 #5820 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5820
1983 #5820 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5820 accessories
1983 Fashion Classics #5820 in original packaging
1983 Fashion Classics #5820 in original packaging
1983 #5820 Kmart Fashion Classics (Canadian version)
1983 Fashion Classics #5820 (Canadian/French version)
1984 #5820 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5820 (Variation I)
1984 #5820 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5820
1984 #5820 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5820
1984 #5820 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5820 accessories
1984 #5820 Kmart Fashion Classics in original packaging
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5820 (Variation 1)
1984 #5820 Kmart Fashion Classics in original packaging
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5820
1984 #5820 Kmart Fashion Classics in original packaging
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5820 (Variation II)

FASHION CLASSICS Keeping In Shape! #5821

1983 #5821 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5821 Keeping In Shape!
1983 #5821 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5821
1983 #5821 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5821
1983 #5821 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5821 sneakers
1983 Fashion Classics #5821 in original packaging
1983 Fashion Classics #5821 in original packaging
1983 #5821 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #5821 (Canadian/French version)
1984 #5821 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5821
1984 #5821 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5821
1984 #5821 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5821
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5821 in original packaging
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5821 in original packaging

FASHION CLASSICS Cool ‘N Casual! #5822

1983 #5822 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5822 Cool ‘N Casual!
1983 #5822 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5822
1983 #5822 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5822
1983 #5822 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5822 sneakers
1983 #5822 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5822 in original packaging
1983 #5822 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5822 (Canadian version)
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5822
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5822

FASHION CLASSICS Cool Captain! #5823

1983 #5823 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5823 Cool Captain!
1983 #5823 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5823
1983 #5823 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5823
1983 #5823 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5823 sneakers
1983 #5823 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5823 in original packaging
1983 #5823 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5823 (Canadian/French version)
1984 #5823 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5823 (Variation)
1984 #5823 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5823
1984 #5823 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5823
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5823 variation
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5823 (Variation)
1983-4 #5823 Kmart Fashion Classics in original packaging
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5823

FASHION CLASSICS Date with Barbie Doll! #5824

1983 #5824 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5824 Date with Barbie Doll!
1983 #5824 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5824
1983 #5824 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5824
1983 #5824 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5824 shoes
1983 #5824 Fashion Classics
1983 Fashion Classics #5824 in original packaging
1983 #5824 Fashion Classics in original packaging
1983 Fashion Classics #5824 (Canadian version)
1984 #5824 Fashion Classics in original packaging
1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics #5824

THE KMART EXCLUSIVE FASHION CLASSICS

Kmart also sold their own exclusive range of Fashion Classics. They are dated 1982, with the same design on the reverse as the regular Fashion Classics, so were presumably sold in 1983, but I have so far discovered no contemporary printed reference (ie. a Kmart catalogue) to verify.

FASHION CLASSICS #4295

1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295
1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295
1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295
1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295 shoes
1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295 in original packaging
1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics variation
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295 (Variation)
1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics variation
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295
1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics variation
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295
1983 #4295 Kmart Fashion Classics variation
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4295 (Variation) in original packaging

FASHION CLASSICS #4296

1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296 accessories
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296 (Variation I)
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296 (Variation II)
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296 (Variation II) in original packaging
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296 (Variation III)
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296 accessories
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296
1983 #4296 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4296

FASHION CLASSICS #4297

Throughout the 1980s Mattel experimented with new fabrics, especially fake leather. This has to be the worst fabric ever designed, and now flakes off at the lightest touch. Ironically, the flakes then stick like super-glue to anything they land on. To make matters worse Mattel used eternally-gooey sticky tape instead of sewing the outfit to the card. My mint-in-packaging pants were completely wrecked just by removing them and putting them on the Ken. I have retouched the photos below to disguise the worst of the damage.

1983 #4297 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4297
1983 #4297 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4297
1983 #4297 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4297
1983 #4297 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4297 shoes
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4297 in original packaging
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4297 in original packaging

FASHION CLASSICS #4298

1983 #4298 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4298
1983 #4298 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4298
1983 #4298 Kmart Fashion Classics
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4298
1983 #4298 Kmart Fashion Classics shoes
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4298 shoes
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4298
1983 Kmart Fashion Classics #4298

REVERSE OF PACKAGING

All Kmart exclusive and regular Fashion Classics from 1983 came with a Barbie Fan Club application on reverse. The Kmart versions and variations of the regular 1983 Fashion Classics had a much simpler design on reverse. They are dated 1983, so were presumably released in late 1983 or 1984.

1983 Fashion Classics reverse
Reverse of 1983 Kmart exclusive & regular Fashion Classics packaging
Reverse of 1983 regular Fashion Classics packaging
Reverse of 1983 regular Fashion Classics packaging (variation)
Reverse of 1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics packaging
Reverse of 1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics packaging (Taiwan)
Reverse of 1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics packaging
Reverse of 1983-4 Kmart Fashion Classics packaging (Taiwan/Hong Kong)
1983 #4276 Fashion Classics Canada
Reverse of 1983 Canadian Fashion Classics #4276
1983 Fashion Classics #5820 Canadian/French version
Reverse of regular 1983 Canadian Fashion Classics
Reverse of 1983 Canadian/European Fashion Classics
Reverse of 1983 Canadian/European Fashion Classics

DESIGNER COLLECTION

DESIGNER COLLECTION Date Night! #5651

1983 #5651 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5651 Date Night!
1983 #5651 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5651
1983 #5651 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5651
1983 #5651 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5651 shoes
1983 Designer Collection #5651 in original packaging
1983 Designer Collection #5651 in original packaging
1983 Designer Collection reverse
Reverse of 1983 Designer Collection packaging
1983 Designer Collection #5651 (European version)
1983 Designer Collection #5651 (French/European version)
1983 Designer Collection #5651 (European version)
Reverse of French/European packaging

DESIGNER COLLECTION Country Gentleman #5833

These white ‘leather’ pants are made of the same fabric as Fashion Classics #4297 shown above, and are equally as disastrous. Once more, a mint-in-box set was completely wrecked simply by putting it on the doll. The fabric crumbles at the lightest touch. I’ve had to retouch the photos again, to show how it could have looked originally.

1983 #5833 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5833 Country Gentleman
1983 #5833 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5833
1983 #5833 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5833
1983 #5833 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5833 accessories
1983 #5833 Designer Collection
1983 Designer Collection #5833 in original packaging
1983 Designer Collection #5833 (Canadian version)
1983 Designer Collection #5833 (Canadian version)

WEDDING OF THE YEAR

Suited for the groom! #5744

The variations of the white wedding tuxedo below are quite subtle. There are differences to the fabrics used, and the ruffles of the shirt-front, but the most obvious difference is the cut. The first version is baggier, the trousers cut more like jogging-pants. The later version jacket and trousers have a slimmer fit. Note the different packaging of this outfit, how the later one has the simple bold Ken logo, and the first version has the new Barbie logo from the Designer Collection outfits.  Some of these first versions have the extra title Bridesmaid’s Dream! This is a factory-flaw, taken from the Barbie Wedding of the Year outfit  #5745.

1983 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1983 Wedding of the Year #5744 Suited for the groom!
1983 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1983 Wedding of the Year #5744
1983 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1983 Wedding of the Year #5744
1983 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1983 Wedding of the Year #5744 accessories
1983 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1983 Wedding of the Year #5744 in original packaging
1983 #5744 Wedding of the Year
Factory flaw ‘Bridesmaid’s Dream!’ packaging
1983 Designer Collection reverse
Reverse of 1983 packaging

The version below was presumably sold in 1984, as it also features the Designer Collection outfit #7084 Simply Dashing on reverse of the packaging.

1984 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1984 Wedding of the Year #5744
1984 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1984 Wedding of the Year #5744
1984 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1984 Wedding of the Year #5744
1984 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1984 Wedding of the Year #5744 accessories
1984 #5744 Wedding of the Year
1984 Wedding of the Year #5744 in original packaging
1984 Designer Collection #7084 original packaging
Reverse of 1984 packaging

FINISHING TOUCHES

Shoes & Extras #2459

1983 Finishing Touches #2459 Shoes & Extras
1983 Finishing Touches #2459 Shoes & Extras
1983 Finishing Touches #2459 Shoes & Extras
Reverse of packaging

 


BOOKLETS & CATALOGUES

The 1983 booklet came in two different versions. In the earlier version Fun at McDonald’s is missing. Wedding of the Year fashion is erroneously called Wedding Party in both booklets.

1983 World of Fashion booklet (1982 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1982 print edition)
From 1983 World of Fashion booklet (1982 print edition)
From 1983 World of Fashion booklet (1982 print edition)
From 1983 World of Fashion booklet (1982 print edition)
From 1983 World of Fashion booklet (1982 print edition)
From 1983 World of Fashion booklet (1982 print edition)
From 1983 World of Fashion booklet (1982 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1983 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1983 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1983 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1983 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1983 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1983 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1983 print edition)
1983 World of Fashion booklet (1983 print edition)
From 1983 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1983 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1983 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1983 Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1983 Canadian Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1983 Canadian Mattel Toys catalogue
From 1983 German Mattel Toy catalogue
From 1983 German Mattel Toy catalogue
From 1983 German Barbie booklet
From 1983 German Barbie booklet
From 1983 Dutch Barbie booklet
From 1983 Dutch Barbie booklet

The page below shows older Superstar era outfits mixed up with the new ones. Although missing from the bottom of the page here, the French name for Fashion Classics #5821 is Jogging.

From 1983 French Mattel toy brochure
From 1983 French Mattel toy brochure