One of my earliest childhood memories is me playing with a Barbie doll. This is what inspired me to get into the fashion industry. I remember taking scraps of my Gran's fabrics and using a hand-needle or pins to make clothing for my dolls.
The second wave of the collection (called Collection 001.5) only featured 4 dolls (though one of them featured a new face sculpt) and wore little black dresses with pink ribbon accents and 2 new accessory packs as well.
The third wave (Collection Red) was a Target store exclusive which featured 3 dolls wearing little red dresses and a new accessory pack.
Collection 002 has debuted for the spring of 2011. In the collection, there are 12 dolls (9 girls and 3 boys) and the theme is 'jeans and t-shirts'.
To this day, Mattel is still inspiring me.