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Ken is 50 Party

Ken and Barbie made a personal appearance at the Ken is 50 Party hosted at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, Florida for the attendees of the 2011 National Barbie Convention.  Ken and Barbie replica outfits were created by Christina Rodriguez

Ken and Barbie made a personal appearance at the Ken is 50 Party hosted at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, Florida for the attendees of the 2011 National Barbie Convention.  Ken and Barbie replica outfits were created by Christina Rodriguez.

Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History

Ken is 50 Party celebrating the National Barbie Convention

More than 70 conventioneers attended

Some Guests were from Australia, France and the United Kingdom


The Ken is 50 Party hosted this summer at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, Florida commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Ken doll as well as celebrated Ken’s most loyal fans from the He’s A Doll Club and the National Barbie Convention that was held this summer in South Florida.

Ken expert and author Jef Beck of Cedars Rapid, Iowa, signed copies of his book I Love Ken: My Life as the Ultimate Boyfriend. The books were provided by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and more than 50 copies were sold. Guests also met Barbie and Ken live. Ken was dressed in his original red swim trunks and striped red and white shirt outfit; and Barbie wore her iconic black and white striped swimsuit. These adult-size replicas of the original Ken and Barbie outfits were custom designed exclusively for the event by Christina Rodriguez. Ken’s and Barbie’s hair and make-up were styled by the new Sephora and the Salon both located inside the recently remodeled JcPenney at the Boynton Beach Mall.

The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) coordinated a caravan of buses to transport the international Barbie conventioneers to MLFH for the Ken is 50 Party. The event had national and international attendees with more than 70 conventioneers who are among the most devoted Ken doll enthusiasts visiting from Arizona, Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia, California, Vermont, Illinois, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and New Jersey as well as the Country of France, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Guests delighted in the all-you-can-eat buffet sponsored by Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Donnie's Place Southern Restaurant, Le Petit Pain French Bakery, The Village Tavern and PRP Wine International.

Sephora of JcPenney donated the gift bags, and amazing jazz music was performed by Michael Kennedy plus the guests had unlimited access to view exhibits at MLFH and enjoyed a Shopping Night at the Boynton Beach Mall. Hallmark at the Boynton Beach Mall offered for the event limited edition Ken Doll ornaments.

Pageant winners Miss Teen Miramar, Florida and Miss Teen Bonaventure, Florida volunteered at the event and were gracious hosts as they welcomed and greeted the guests.

MLFH is currently showcasing an anthropological display of more than 100 Barbie dolls, friends, family members, clothes and accessories in the Barbie: History, Fashions & More exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ken doll. The doll showcase chronicles the evolution of the Barbie and Ken dolls and their historical impact. More than twenty collectors from South Florida, New Jersey, New York and Canada have provided dolls.


Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History

801 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 483

Boynton Beach Mall (inside Mall in North Wing of Mall)

Boynton Beach, FL 33426


Additional Sponsors:

JcPenney, Boynton Beach Mall, Patricia Ann Ravo Fund, Boris & Edith Rueger Fund, and US 1 AC Self Storage.

A Brief History of Ken!

Ken is 50! The Ken doll was introduced by Mattel on March 11, 1961 as the boyfriend of Barbie, the Teen-Age Fashion Model. He is two-years younger than his gal-pal Barbie. Ken Carson was named after the son of the Mattel company co-founders, Ruth & Elliot Handler, who was named Kenneth. Although the Ken doll was introduced on March 13, 1961 at the New York Toy Fair, Mattel is celebrating the birthday on March 11th.

He has been the first and only true love of Barbie. When Ken arrived 50 years ago, he was featured with flocked (fleeced) blonde or brunette hair, and he wore red cotton swim-trunks, cork sandals and carried a yellow terry-cloth towel. In 1981, the African American Ken Doll premiered.

The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, Florida is celebrating 50 years of Ken in its Barbie: History, Fashions & More exhibit. This exhibit has been modified from its original display that opened in year 2009 for the 50th birthday of Barbie. The Ken doll and his history are chronologically integrated in the Barbie exhibit.

The Barbie exhibit features numerous Ken dolls, his clothes, friends and family members along with more than 100 Barbie dolls, clothes and accessories from more than twenty collectors who are from throughout South Florida and Canada. The Ken dolls are on exhibit now and will be showcased all year.

The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) is located inside the Boynton Beach Mall (inside Mall in North Wing) at 801 N. Congress Avenue, #483, Boynton Beach, Florida. . 561-243-2662.

History of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History:

The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History is a non-profit 501(c) 3 history museum that was established in 1999. The inspiration for the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History of Delray Beach was the phenomenally successful popular culture & retrospective exhibit "40 Years of the Barbie® Doll" in celebration of Women's History Month which was on display from March 1999 thru September 2000 in Delray Beach, Florida. More than 20,000 visitors from around the world attended this exhibit which made it the #1 attended exhibit in the history of Delray Beach and one of the most memorable Museum exhibits in all of Palm Beach County. The Barbie® Doll exhibit was conceived and curated by Lori J. Durante who is the Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History.

Presently, the Museum is located in a donated 8,000 square feet facility located inside the Boynton Beach Mall in Boynton Beach, Florida. The Museum will be at this location for at least three years.



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