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Why you'll only find these one-of-a-kind, high-fashion Barbies in Montreal

Why you'll only find these one-of-a-kind, high-fashion Barbies in Montreal
This Barbie is called simply "Eiffel Tour" for the French landmark imprinted on her dress. It's part of the Landmark Collection at the Barbie Expo. (Barbie Expo)

Barbie fans, check out these fantastic takes on the 57-year-old doll (not that she looks her age).

There's a circus-style Barbie with an outfit designed by superstar American designer Bob Mackie, and Barbie dressed in a gold gown studded with Swarovski crystals and designed by Faberge.

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The Barbies -- some hip, some classic, some inspired by famous art works, some pop culture cuties -- are part of a 1,000-strong collection that recently opened as Barbie Expo, a new museum in the heart of Montreal.

Style website wwd.com says "one of the best-loved dolls of the 20th century celebrates haute couture history" in the collection that brings Barbie to the forefront of fashion.

"Brazilian Bazaar" puts Barbie in a flower-bedecked dress with long black hair. This Barbie on display at Barbie Expo was designed by Dakotas Song, who has created many one-off Barbies.
"Brazilian Bazaar" puts Barbie in a flower-bedecked dress with long black hair. This Barbie on display at Barbie Expo was designed by Dakotas Song, who has created many one-off Barbies. (Barbie Expo)

The sleek display area holds the permanent collection of Barbies dressed by fashion houses, transformed into entertainment personalities (there's an awesome Barbie-turned-Farrah-Fawcett in a red bathing suit) and portrayed in film roles.

The museum is owned not by Barbie creator Mattel but by the Soltron Group, which also owns the upscale shopping center Les Cours Mont Royal, where the museum is located.

The dolls were donated by collectors and designers from around the world, a museum statement says.

Admission is free, but travelers are invited to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Quebec charity when they visit the museum.

Info: Barbie Expo

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