Mattel is kicking off its 'Barbie as Muse' projects next month, with shoe supremo Christian Louboutin the first designer to customise the iconic doll.
Louboutin has created three dolls - which will be sold exclusively on Net-A-Porter.com from December 7th. Inspired by Nefertiti and Marilyn Monroe, the dolls feature a new terracotta tan skin tone and a new in-step to enable the doll to cope with the gravity defying heels.
In addition, four Barbie-sized pairs of shoes accompany each doll in their own Louboutin shoe boxes.
A dedicated Barbie collector's set, selling for £100, comprising the Louboutin Barbie doll with a jewellery thief theme, together with a diary-style calendar entitled A Year in Paris, will also launch on the fashion site.
The calendar is a fully documented photographic journey which sees Louboutin and Barbie enjoying time at such places as the gardens at The Louvre, Louboutin's studio and country house and his boat on The Nile.
The year-long collaboration between Louboutin and Barbie started with the designer reworking his peep-toe classic in hot fuchsia, with signature glossy red sole, which debuted at the Barbie runway show at New York fashion week earlier this year.
"We are so excited to be working with Mattel and to be part of the Christian Louboutin and Barbie journey," said Natalie Massenet, founder and chairman of Net-A-Porter.com. "Barbie is the ultimate dress up girl, Christian is the ultimate girl's best friend and via Net-A-Porter.com their collaboration can now go global."