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In 1998 Mattel continued the Fashion Avenue line names on packaging. The back of the packages for Bridal, Lingerie, Ken, Evening Wear, Party, and Boutique continue to have photographs of Barbie dolls wearing the fashions, similar to 1996 and 1997 but with more of a runway look. This year the denim focused line is named “Authentic Jeans.” I don’t have any of these fashions in my collection now so I can’t feel the fabric to confirm it is actually denim and not a denim look print. The denim line packaging has some big changes. The background of the inside of front package has a black and white photo look, with two “wood” tables printed. The back of package features Barbie in the fashions in a city scene background. This year Kelly has her own Fashion Avenue line. The Kelly Baby Sister of Barbie doll line background arches are sized differently and the back of the package shows four of the five different fashion packs in a circle on graphics with text background of pink and periwinkle. The Bridal line again has a pink in package background, rather than white. The “wood” shelves print is more ornate. Instead of wood tables, Ken has marble look columns printed on his in package background. Kelly and Ken have cardboard accessories.
Skipper also has her own line, in the larger “Teen Skipper” size. Kelly and Skipper lines, like Ken, are in packages with just their name, and no further individual line names. Boutique continues to be the largest line. Internationale is back for it’s final year, with country, rather than season names. The Matchin’ Styles line now includes three fashions for Ken and Tommy, with their names on the front inside package background. In 1998 All wedding gowns are in the Bridal line. Evening Wear includes a tuxedo for Ken. Again this year there are re-issues of previous years, some with changes in fabric color or pattern, but more than enough new fashions and lines for this Fashion Avenue Collection year to stand on it’s own! The changes in packaging inside, and back are interesting this year and help the lines feel like actually separate lines in a collection.
1998 lines are: Boutique: Hip, trendy outfits for Barbie doll featuring all the latest looks with realistic details, fabrics and accessories. The widest variety of styles ever! Cool, daytime fashions with trendy accessories that Barbie can wear anywhere. Party: Fancy party dresses for Barbie doll featuring realistic details, fabrics and styles. It’s glamorous special occasion fashion play girls love! Glamorous evening wear dresses for Barbie to wear on special occasions. Lingerie: Beautiful, elegant lingerie for Barbie doll featuring realistic details, fabrics and styles – perfect for glamorous sleeping or lounging. Authentic Jeans: Barbie doll’s very own branded line of cool, casual “denims” by Fashion Avenue. Matchin’ Styles: Cool matching looks for Barbie doll and Kelly doll, Ken doll and Tommy doll, featuring realistic details, fabrics, and styles. Girls will love dressing their favorite sisters and brothers alike! A wide range of different matching outfits for Barbie and Shelly or Ken and Tommy. Evening Wear: Beautiful, glamorous gowns for Barbie doll featuring realistic details, fabrics and styles. There’s even one tuxedo for Ken doll for even more dress-up play fun! Bridal: Beautiful wedding gowns for Barbie doll featuring realistic details, fabrics and styles, with accessories that highlight the glamour and romance of wedding fashion play. An assortment of wedding gowns for Barbie. Internationale: A collection of beautifully detailed fashions with an upscale, international flair – perfect for Barbie doll’s glamorous travels around the world! Kelly: Adorable mix and match fashions for Kelly doll featuring realistic details, fabrics, and fashion accessories. Gift sets of three adorable fashions each completely accessorized for Shelly. Teen Skipper: Cool, trendy, teen-inspired fashions for Teen Skipper doll featuring realistic details, fabrics and fashion accessories. Clothes for Skipper, specially designed to suit her own unique teen personality. Ken: Cool clothes for Ken doll featuring realistic details, fabrics and styles. Great looks that allow Ken to interact with Barbie doll and her friends in fun play patterns. Ken looks at his best in these cool new outfits.
Above text adapted from 1998 Mattel USA and UK Vendor Catalogs.
- Boutique Assortment Number 18126
- Party Assortment Number 18155
- Lingerie Assortment Number 18092
- Authentic Jeans Assortment Number 19179
- Matchin’ Styles Assortment Number 18111
- Evening Wear Assortment Number 18120
- Bridal Assortment Number 17621
- Internationale Assortment Number 18106
- Kelly Assortment Number 16696
- Teen Skipper Assortment Number 18379
- Ken Assortment Number 18099
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